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Are Republicans Turning Away From McCain?

Despite the fervency of the some of the crowds McCain has been drawing lately, I'm sensing a worrying and definite attrition of supporters, perhaps even because of that very fervency — it is hard to deny that lately, there has been a shift in the tone of the McCain campaign. McCain debuted what's being touted as a "comeback" speech moments ago, as even some who haven't officially haven't renounced a McCain/Palin vote are expressing doubt.

I got this email from a friend this weekend, a Dole-Bush-Bush voting Republican explaining why she's doubting:

The last four months of the campaign make me furious. How dare they take away the (albeit unconventional) dignified essence of the candidate and leave us with this dumb hick woman and a mob of uniformed reactionary zealots and call that a case made for a vote? It's an ill-conceived and torturous soul-selling for victory that will only ultimately prove to be ironic when he loses. Furious! I couldn't feel more cheated out of my vote. I'm honestly considering not casting one.

A strong response of the current campaign strategy to be sure, but these waning, and some say uglier, days of the campaign have put many ill at ease supporting McCain. Conservative by birth Christopher Buckley wrote a column this weekend titled, "Sorry, Dad, I'm voting for Obama." To see what he said,


In his piece he explains what many might be feeling:

All this is genuinely saddening, and for the country is perhaps even tragic, for America ought, really, to be governed by men like John McCain—who have spent their entire lives in its service, even willing to give the last full measure of their devotion to it. If he goes out losing ugly, it will be beyond tragic, graffiti on a marble bust.

Buckley isn't alone. The co-founder of the RedState blog wrote Friday that he opened his ballot intending to vote for McCain, but then admitted, "In the end, I couldn't do it." Other Republicans are coming to this decision too, for a variety of reasons.

If you're a McCain supporter, are you feeling less sure of your vote? Why? Are these reactions isolated cases of less-than-true Republicans — are real supporters fired up?

Update: In a similar vein, Christopher Hitchens just released his endorsement for Obama.

Update II: Dennis Hopper just joined the Obama list too. . . .


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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
My favorite are handmade marshmallows. Although I've never met a marshmallow I didn't like. ;)
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Stay Puft!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I love marshmallows.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Calling someone stupid in your argument is never a good sign of the speakers intelligence or maturity.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Wow. Really?
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Whose book, roneco? Obama's? Or are you referring to Jerome Corsi's widely discredited Obama book? For the last time, BARACK OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM. NOT THAT THAT WOULD BE A BAD THING IF HE WAS. Why not argue policy? Why resort to discredited smears? :OY:
roneco roneco 8 years
If McCain were not such a stupid marshmallow, he would know how to handle the extremely ignorant and racist Democratic operative, John Lewis. He must hit then over the head with the facts ! Obama is a radical Muslim (READ HIS BOOK STUPID!) and in bed with Extremist Muslims in the Middle East, including his cousin Odinga in Kenya (Utube : Obama Friends). Odinga is accused of Ethnic Cleansing and murdering 1500 rival clansmen. But this information didn't stop Obama and Michelle from campaigning for him in December 2007 or donating $1,000,000 to his failed election campaign. The Ultra-Liberal National Media has all this information but will probably wait until after the election, if ever, to expose Obama.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
Both my dad and my brother are very conservative (but "liberal" on common-sense issues like gay rights and abortion), and became McCain supporters after Ron Paul (whom I also supported initially and was very enthusiastic about) dropped out of the race... but they both have mentioned his negative campaigning and mostly Palin as their biggest problems with McCain right now. I know they will both still vote for him, but I could definitely see how these two factors would influence voters away.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
kas I agree! CG - Yummy! ;)
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Jessiebanana, socialism does bother me. There's no way you can convince me otherwise, poor as I may be at the moment. This is going to have to be an agree to disagree issue.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
No, my parents are die-hard partisans (despite being intelligent moderates) and they'll go down fighting on the McCain-Palin ship. They don't want their taxes raised and that's all they care about. Fair enough for them.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I know it is not all about Palin, but I can't help but think that if McCain had chosen Jindal or Romney, that we would be in a much closer race right now.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
mmm mitt romneys body.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I think it started when someone said they wanted to put Ron Paul in Mitt Romney. And only devolved from there :ROTFL: Yep, chubby Huckabee's cuter, for sure.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Jude, not as cuddly as he once was! But he does have a friendly face. And that wonderful preacher voice.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I kind of prefer "fat" Huckabee to the "skinny" Huckabee Jude ahahaha how did the convo get here how...?
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
LOL @ make you want to ruin him ahahaha STOP !
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I like Huckabee's look better. He's cuddly.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Haus, on that imaginary day that I am elected president on a Libertarian platform, you can definitely stay in the Lincoln bedroom for a few nights. But just because you called me hot, not because you voted for me ;)
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Never heard of a blue Libertarian.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
bast - I totally disagree! Mitt is a handsome man... yes I'll admit he looks picture perfect, but doesn't that just make you wanna ruin him??? Grrrr baby!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Thanks, HF, I think. I'm really not sure where I fall on the Libertarian scale. I'm sure there are more extreme Libertarians than myself.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Yea but she's hot! So she's got my vote! Plus I think she'd hook me up with a night in the Lincoln bedroom or something... ;)
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