It is now the turn of John McCain to be at the receiving end of the bizarre invective of Ann Coulter, the archetypal maniac of the far right. She is now prepared to vote for Hillary, her bete noir, rather than John McCain! Clearly, Ann Coulter's views are a barometer of what is irrelevant in America today. The voters, especially independents, have overwhelmingly voted for a moderate voice which John McCain represents.
Reason has never been a strong point with Ann Coulter and her kind. They are now flinging epithets like " too liberal" at John McCain. To my mind, a liberal is someone who is so idealistic that he or she can be delusional. Nancy Pelosi fits the description and so does Obama. John McCain can be faulted for poor judgment on occasion such as when he opposed Bush tax cuts or when he supported his campaign financing bill but not for being liberal. He is quick to correct his errors which he has done by supporting extension of Bush tax cuts beyond 2010 and reduction of corporate tax cuts.
McCain's prescience was palpable when he supported the troop surge in Iraq. The liberals and even conservatives of the Ann Coulter kind, on the other hand, were inclined to pull back. No further proof is required of McCain's ability to look at facts on the ground and take a course of action that is in the best interests of the USA.
This is a time for social conservatives to reflect on their stance instead of crying hoarse. The low point in recent history was the opposition to the immigration bill that John McCain supported. Just how unreasonable the opposition to immigration is demonstrated by the fact that the towns that drove out undocumented workers had to reluctantly relent when business crashed after the departure of immigrants.
Far too much attention has been paid to tangential issues such as gay marriage than on more pressing issues such as the future of health care and social security in the USA. A great deal of damage has been done to the reputation of the USA in the financial markets of the world as a result of the meltdown in the sub-prime market. John McCain is alone in realizing that some firms on Wall Street need to be punished to restore the credibility of the capital markets.
This is a time for social conservatives to realize that issues such as religion are about personal choice and have no place in governance. Politicians have to worry about matters that concern the large majority of voters and not a tiny minority of fanatics. Today, economic renewal, including investment in infrastructure, should be the primary concern.