I’ve not seen or heard much made of it over the course of the last several months, but as I was driving last night at the end of a long trip, it occurred to me that this presidential election really is a victory for the political left, no matter the outcome tonight, or tomorrow, or whenever we find out.
On the one hand, we have a democrat candidate who is indisputably the most liberal presidential candidate ever nominated by either of the two major parties. While he dislikes the description of socialist, he is unapologetic about that being his fundamental strategy for social engineering through taxation. On the other, we have a candidate who, by contrast with the democrat, almost seems like a right-winger. But what was brought to mind as I drove last night was the degree to which McCain was regarded as way too moderate, or perhaps even too liberal to be the candidate of choice for the republican party back during the early stages of the primaries. He was way too cozy with the likes of Lieberman, Feingold and Kennedy. He palled around with like-minded “republicans” such as Hagel and Lugar. In fact McCain was frequently called a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by conservative analysts. I doubt seriously that he has really changed his political pathology just because he became the nominee of the party. That said, on some very important matters, he DOES hold conservative views, but by and large, about the best adjective I could use to describe McCain would be moderate.
So, as we near the end of the day on Tuesday November 4, 2008, the United States of America is either going to take a sharp turn to the left, almost as if on two wheels with Barry Obama at the wheel, or we are going to sort of gently merge to the left in what might be an almost more deceptive way with McCain in the driver’s seat.