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A few hours after my post, conservative columnist and talk show host Michael Medved (a staunch John McCain backer) put out a similar blog, Why No Fight Over Who's a "True Liberal"? Medved had just appeared on “Larry King Live” discussing the primaries.
“The most striking aspect of the conversation involved the asymmetry in language – there was much talk of the remaining Republican candidates (McCain and Huckabee) trying to claim the mantle of “true conservative,” but no discussion whatever of Hillary and Obama seeking to portray themselves as “true liberals.”
Why are Republicans trying to compete (as we have for months) as to which candidate best qualifies as conservative while Democrats never rush forward to identify themselves as liberal?”
Medved offered two explanations. Number one:
“First, there’s the obvious fact that “conservative” remains a positive word in America at large while “liberal” still sounds like an insult. In presenting Mitt Romney to CPAC, some of his supporters presented him as “a conservative’s conservative.” Even in the midst of the Democratic primary campaign, with furious competition for the party’s ideologues and activists, has anyone designated Clinton or Obama as “a liberal’s liberal”?
And number two:
“The other reason there’s more argument over the candidates’ ideological status on the Republican side than on the Democratic side reflects the long-standing “maverick” reputation of John McCain. Though his conservative record on core issues – support for the military, opposition to tax increases, smaller government, pro-life – has been consistent for a quarter century, his critics prefer to focus on his heresies on controversies like campaign finance reform or global warming. McCain’s life-time voting record (according to the American Conservative Union) is 82.3% -- meaning he voted on the liberal side of issues some 17.7% of the time. “
Here’s Medved’s entire blog.
And I should vote for someone who’s embarrassed to admit who and what he really is, why?