… and I’m already tired of this election year.Â Tired because I find myself defending John McCain, and I don’t even really like the guy.Â McCain is pretty far from being a classical liberal I could really get behind, and tends to fall more into the category of “National Greatness” conservative, who are open to a lot more state meddling in things the state ought not meddle in than I’m comfortable with.
But there are more crazy claims about McCain circulating out there than I can shake a stick at.Â The first is that he’s anti-gun, and no better than Hilly or Obama.Â Brady gives McCain a career rating of 17%.Â Obama and Hillary both have 100% ratings, as did John Kerry.Â The other is that McCain is a socialist. Other than Ron Paul, McCain’s federal budget is the lowest of any remaining Republican candidate.Â McCain is not in favor of socializing 7% of the US economy in the same manner Obama would.Â I think McCain on fiscal matters will be a significant improvement over Bush, let alone Obama or Hillary.
To my mind, campaign finance reform is his biggest sin, and there were a lot of other folks, including Fred Thompson and President Bush, and five members of the Supreme Court, who all took their turn to drop their dookie into the constitutional swimming pool.
But given that I’m the only person in the gun blogosphere who is thinking, “McCain!Â Why did it have to be McCain!?!?” but still planning to vote for him regardless, and encouraging others to do so as well, I find myself wondering if the more apt analogy is Han Solo telling Chewbacca, “Get in there, you big furry oaf! I don’t care what you smell!”