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February 8th, 2008
02:16 PM ET

Will conservatives rally around McCain?

Sen. John McCain, speaks to the press at a 'National Security Roundtable' in Norfolk, Virginia, Friday.

Sen. John McCain, speaks to the press at a 'National Security Roundtable' in Norfolk, Virginia, Friday.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain is about to make history, but not in a way he would like. Assuming McCain is the Republican nominee – and that's a pretty safe bet at this point – it will be the first time in
three decades that Republicans nominate a candidate who lost the conservative and evangelical votes in the primaries.

McCain knows this. He's reaching out to the conservative base as we saw with that speech yesterday. The criticism has been loud because in the past, John McCain has infuriated conservatives with his work on things like campaign finance reform, climate change, immigration, and his opposition to President Bush's tax cuts.

Now President Bush has entered the debate. He's urging the conservative wing, without naming McCain, to back the party's nominee. The president told the Conservative Political Action conference, "Soon we will have a nominee who will carry the conservative banner into this election and beyond."

One way McCain could reach out to religious conservatives is by picking Mike Huckabee as his running mate, although economic conservatives complain about Huckabee's liberal policies as governor of Arkansas.

Meanwhile, despite the complaints about McCain from many conservatives, maybe this is a sign of things to come:

Earlier this week in the Cafferty File, we told you about some Republican senators who were worried about a McCain presidency because of his temperament. At the time, Senator Thad Cochran had this to say: "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."

Guess who Cochran is supporting now that Mitt Romney is out of the race? That's right, John McCain. Another mealy-mouthed politician who was against McCain before he was for him. How do these people look themselves in the mirror in the morning?

Here’s my question to you: Will conservatives rally around John McCain?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Jim writes:
They will have to if they hope to keep the White House in the general election. For too long, the extreme conservative wing of the party has ignored the party's moderate center. McCain's brand of conservatism is more representative of the moderate center wing of the party (the moderate center is also where the majority of Americans politically reside – look at the closeness of the last presidential election as proof). The Republican Party needs to heed these words "United we stand, divided we fall to either Hillary or Obama".

Nick from Atlanta writes:
We are witnessing the beginning of a conservative insurgency here as theocrats like James Dobson rally around Reverend Mike Huckabee. Expect a small but vocal insurgency to be a thorn in McCain's side for at least a few weeks, and after McCain finally locks down the delegates he needs, a lot of those folks won't be there to support him in November.

Sarah from Maryland writes:
Yes, of course they will rally behind John McCain. Have you ever known Republicans not to do what is in the best interest of their party? It will be a guarantee that they will come together if Hillary Clinton is the nominee. She is so hated by the Republicans that they will become a truly unified force, and will take over the White House again. The Democrats’ only chance at regaining the White House is to elect Barack Obama for their nominee.

Kareem from Hartford, Connecticut writes:
It appears that in both parties, the political elites are losing power and influence. That’s the true story of these campaigns. Even Ron Paul support surprised people.

L. from Houston writes:
Jack, It's simple: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Of course they will all line up behind McCain and by November, the good ole boys will not even remember that they were ever against him. Mark my words!


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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Scott B

    Kind of – because of that he kind of won't get elected – Democrates are liking this.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Molly from Milwaukee

    Conservatives will rally around McCain the day they say they love Hillary Clinton. In other words NEVER.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  3. Major "C" in Lorton, VA

    Jack: Everything in life is not what it appears to be. McCain is truly a "liberal in conservative clothing" and the conservatives will distant themselves from him when nomination time roll around.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  4. Kurt

    When pigs fly!!!! The future of this country is very dim and getting dimmer with dimwits like McShamnesty being the republican nominee. Whats next, Teddy Kennedy as the republican VP.....ugh!!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  5. Bert

    Dear Jack:
    No Jack, conservatives will not rally around John McCain unless he apologizes for his remarks, "Jobs Americans won't do". Americans are not a bunch of slouches; since when are Carpentry, mechanics, truck driving, cooking, landscaping, construction, physical labor, maintenance, or any of the other jobs now being stolen from low and middle income Americans; jobs Americans won’t do?

    February 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  6. Ian from IL

    Conservatives will always rally around the Republican nominee, because they vote for the lesser of two evils, even if it is done through clenched teeth. Liberals will vote independent if they don't like the Democratic nominee, and as we saw in 2000, the Democrats need every vote they can get. And you can bet your bottom dollar, Jack, that the Republicans will rally around their candidate if they are facing the Clintons.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  7. Tom

    Will the Republican's rally around McCain? Did Custer circle at Little Big Horn?Sure the spindless creatures will. You've heard the old saying: "If you can't whip 'em, join 'em." They'll all be jockeying for pecking order just in case "my friend" dodges the arrow and keeps his scalp.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  8. Tina

    Some might when it gets down to voting day and others will still have their knickers in a knot over how Bush lied to them about being conservative and they will wait until a "true" conservative comes down the pike they like. I for one don't want one to come along. Things are in a right mess as it is and we sure don't need a bible thumper running their beliefs down our throats.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  9. D.J.Lauter

    I don't see how conservatives could rally around McCain because we don't need a hot headed , temperamental liberal president that will be meeting with heads of other countries. We need a more congenial leader, but I suppose the Republicans will flip flop and back all those things they hate about him ...just to have a Republican President. Some Republicans will be voting Democratic.
    Doris Lauter
    Ojai, California

    February 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  10. Karl in CA

    The conservatives are proving themselves to be delusionally-retarded. By delusional I mean they think they have controlling interest in the GOP and haven't noticed that McCain has gotten the majority of votes over Romney (the quitter) and Huckabee. As for them being retarded, Limbaugh and the rest of the radical radio ranters say they would rather have Hillary then McCain in the White House. As Mama McCain said, some will hold their nose and vote for Johnny, but I think the bulk of them will pout and not vote at all if they can't have their way. We can only hope.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  11. Steve

    Of course conservatives will rally around McCain. Despite the false rhetoric that Ms. Coulter and her comrades spew, at the end of the day, a "maverick" McCain who will support the majority of the conservative platforms and continue the Iraq war – which has become the new face of the party – is better than either Obama or Clinton, in their view. The vitriolic attacks spewing from the neoconservative machine in the past weeks have merely been attempts to push Romney or, more likely, Huckabee, above McCain in the primaries. It's failed, so they'll now fall in line and support any candidate who opposes those they hate most (maybe even more than the "terrorists") – the Democrats.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  12. W B in Las Vegas

    Jack,

    as you have said before "Democrates fall in love. Republicans fall in line". the Conservatives will support McCain esp if Hillary is the Democrates nominee because he will be perceived as "the lesser of two weasels"

    February 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  13. Jeff in Connecticut

    The problem with this question Jack is that most people who identify themselves as a Consertive rally have no clue what the term means.
    A "Social Consertative" should find Ethics to be most important. Ethical behaviour does not include lying to America, Congress & the world, send 4000 young people to their deaths (and not attend a single funeral) , maim another 20,000 and cause the deaths of a million Iraquis in order to help make your buddies richer. Ethical behaviour does not include letting the victims of Hurricane Katrina rot, suffer & die and then lie (caught on time-stamped/dated video) about not being informed.
    A "Fiscal Consertative" finds importance in responsible, economical operation of State & Federal government, not running up trillion-dollar deficits while making your pals pockets runneth over while eliminating their taxes and transferring that burden to lower income Americans. John McCain has been supporting these policies. He's no Conservative, just another corrupt politician.
    The next Republican who utters the buzz phrase "Tax and Spend Democrat" needs to have the word "MORON" tatooed on his/her forehead.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  14. Troy

    they will but it will leave a bitter taste in their mouths. They know that know that no third party candidate can when except maybe ron paul but he wont run third party because he will lose his congressional seat if he does. So anything other than voting for mccain is essentially a vote for the democrats.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  15. Doug - Missouri

    Most will not. McCain does not hold the record of a true conservative. Just because he now says he is means absolutely nothing. Huckabee is no better, he and McCain are both for some sort of Amnesty, they are both "tax and spend" types. That is not very conservative now is it?

    Our nation is headed for a financial disaster and the current crop of media darlings will usher it in even faster. There's only one candidate that can turn things around, only one candidate that actually has a plan to get us out of this mess, but the media has decided to ignore him completely.

    It is and will get very ugly out there.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  16. Anne

    Sure, the conservatives will rally around McCain for now - he's doing a terrific job of pandering to them. But just wait until the general election campaign when McCain will have to go to the center, appealing to the independents and moderates to have any chance to win. That's when the conservatives will dump him overboard in deep, deep water. I can hear Rush Limbaugh now.

    McCain can't win without the independents, and he can't win without the far, far fringe right. Either way, he can't win.

    Anne
    Texas

    February 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  17. Jim

    Republicans will if Hillary is the nominee. Most republicans and some democrats detest the notion that Hillary and Bill will be in control of our country and the world again. They are a team and citizens know it. We don't want them because of their weaknesses regarding national defense, promising programs that they can't possibly deliver, moral character, and finally, they cannot beat McCain. On the other hand, Obama would be very difficult for McCain to defeat because of his honest delivery, sincere approach to difficult problems that our citizens face today, and above all, Mr. Obama does not possess the baggage that Hillbilly brings to Washington. Republicans will have a field day attacking their health care program and a host of other negative issues they carry on a daily basis. Obama must be the nominee if democrats want to win because he can garner enough democrat, republican and independent voters. It is my view that Hillbilly cannot.

    Greensboro, NC

    February 8, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  18. Ern in Tulock,ca.

    As a lifelong Republican There is no way I would ever rally around or vote for McCain... He's too Bushy... From the way he talked at the Conservative Republican Confrence yesterday, He's a Repubican Candidate looking for a war to call his own (Iran)
    Ern

    February 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  19. Debra

    I cry myself to sleep at night knowing that this country is in for a big let down. If we dont get the right man in the white house we are domed for disaster. So if McCain is going to get the ticket to the house he is going to need all of the conservatives to back him. So why not put Hucabee on the ticket it makes sence and he needs all the help he can get. Iam not happy with the any of them but what can I say its what the country left me. SO WHY NOT VOTE FOR A McCAIN AND HUCKABEE TICKET! Debra from Iowa

    February 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  20. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Of course they will. All their nonsensical blathering means noting. They’re just a bunch of children throwing a temper tantrum and holding their breath for not getting the candidate they wanted. He’s giving them 99% of what they stand for; continuing the war for another 100 years, which keeps the suppliers in record profits, and they will get a group of supreme clowns so far to the right that they will overturn any rights we have left. So in the end they will have to stop stomping their feet and holding their breath and vote for McCain; can you imagine any of these nuts actually voting for Hillary – or not voting, which amounts to the same thing.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  21. Sam

    Jack-McCain is not going to have the conservatives rally around if he continues to have his views on Illegal Immigration. Illegal Immigration is a big concern for all us voters because the Illegals are the one who are also hurting our economy as well. They do not spend the money in our country, but send it to their families in another country and passing a bill for Illegals to become Legal is sending message to other people that comes to our country that they will get a free ride. McCain better start changing his views on Immigration or he will not get a free ride to the White House.

    Sam
    Ocala, Florida

    February 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  22. Jeff Donelson

    Mccain is not to be trusted and will not win he has betrayed the party to many times and lacks the Integrity needed he cannot live on his war record forever. Conceratives will back Obama over a Clinton

    February 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  23. H.L.

    Conservatives hate John McCain, but they hate Hillary Clinton more. If the Democratic nominee is Hillary Clinton, conservatives will stand in line for hours to vote against her, by voting for John McCain. If the nominee is Barack Obama, conservatives will be complacent and many will vote for Obama over McCain. Makes you wonder why this Democratic contest is close, doesn't it?

    February 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  24. Patricia

    They will rally around McCain as soon as they make "religious right & NEO-CON' enough.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  25. DAK

    I don't think so Jack or at least I hope not. He would have to change his position in order for hime to fit into the mold of a "Conservative". And, would he?
    Remember Jack, not all of us are "Conservatives", but we still are conservative on some issues. Maybe you are a fiscal conservative, a social conservative, or a moral conservative while not being so conservative on other issues. Could John McCain still reconcile his position? The only way I could vote for him Jack, is if he changed his amnesty position on immigration. But what are the other choices, liberal and more liberal?

    February 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  26. earl illingsworth

    God forbid if they don't, the world will come to an end ,as we know it. Their mindset has always been of total control,"deal with it later, behind closed doors, mentality", when the election has been won! They will coalesce around their new leader more eligantly ,than a choreographer can embrace it's Pirouette! Great question Jack , and my answer a definite ,YES!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  27. Joy

    Conservative will rally around a snake if need be! Watching these jerks give standing ovations to Bush at his last State of the Union speech pretty much said it all!!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  28. Ruby Coria, CA.

    Jack, what other choice do they have? none. I know they will rally and make him look even better then their own Regon, but everyone knows that Mc Cain know nothing other then being a soldier (a foot one), and I wonder if he wins will he address the Nation in a Military Suit?

    February 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  29. Diane

    Of course. It's the year of the rat.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  30. marti thompson

    OF COURSE THEY WILL, SHEEP ALWAYS FOLLOW OTHER SHEEP....

    February 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  31. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    Do you remember awhile back when McCain was standing on the stage in the Senate with Ted Kennedy and both were pushing the amnesty bill. I think that was the icing on the cake. McCain will never get the full support of the conservative party.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  32. Aron

    Never. And the establishment know this. It's all part of the game to get another Clinton put into office. Depressing, I know.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  33. Trrrrrif

    NO! We conservatives do not and will not rally around McCain. McCain is four more years of Bush! Conservatives do not rally around the man whose allies in the senate are and have been: Feingold, Ted Kennedy, and Tom Daschle. A vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain. McCain is four more years of the same.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  34. Mark Perazella

    Why would they, Jack? He's not conservative. Ron Paul is the only conservative left in the race.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  35. Dennis

    I've been concerned for years over the actions and thoughts of conservatives. Thank goodness the tables have finally turned. To all the people that are concerned about McCain's ability to be a conservative: if you don't want to vote please don't. I'm tired of things the way they are. We've all heard your opinions and dealt with your policies and they all stink. Conservatives are a bunch of weenies. So cry babies, cry.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  36. Jake

    Though there are those who say now that they will never support Senator McCain for President, I think that the specter of another Clinton in the White House or a very liberal Barack Obama taking the general election will motivate conservatives to choose the lesser of two evils. Whether this means that they will actually go out and actively campaign for McCain is a different story. Is McCain doomed? No, but he will certainly have an uphill battle to win.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  37. Jerry Wilson

    If conservatives are smart they will stick to their, ethnic, gender, and religious prejudices, and reject McCains moderate positions. All the exhaustive efforts invested in attacking, Muslims, Mexicans, gays, and womens-rights will go down the drain with McCain. But history tells us conservatives aren't the brightest bulbs on the tree, so they probably will hold their nose, and rally around McCain.

    Jerry Wilson

    February 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  38. Chuck

    Jack: There will be great stampeed to get away from John McCain when he picks Gram to be his VP.
    Clinton will clean his clock and turn back time to before Regan. The GOP will loose so many office holders in this election Wolf's fur face will turn green.
    That is how much the country likes the GOP. (Gone On Poverty).

    February 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  39. Colleen

    Strong conservatives will have a problem voting for McCain unless he picks a VP that has their same views. If he does not, then those conservatives will probably not vote.

    It would be too much of a conflict to vote either McCain or for the Democratic nominee.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  40. Bob Bologna

    Jack I a registered independent who has desperately wanted a 3rd party! With the very few options we have left to choose as the next president I think we will end up choosing our next president by flipping a coin!
    I don't know how this guy can be considered a conservative when he says things like "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb IRAN"!!! This year so many people were excited to vote for a candidate and now the wind has stop blowing on the sails! Please Bloomberg enter this race!!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  41. Janet

    Not this one. If I wanted to vote for a Democrat, I have two perfectly good choices on the other side. It's a shame that their (GOP leaders) pride regarding the war in Iraq has made them marginalize one of the best conservative choices we have – Ron Paul. I will probably write Dr. Paul's name in the General Election so I can vote with a clear conscience.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  42. Cale Forty(D)

    Seeing how much attention the Democratic candidates are getting, I believe all the conservatives will flock to McCain. They may think he isn't the most conservative Republican, but he's no Democrat and that will force them to vote. But after voting they'll dwell on every little liberal thing he does, so assuming he doesn't handle things correctly, they can wave the "I told ya so!" flag to all of their fellow Republicans who adored McCain. In the general election, unless it's against Obama, how conservative he is won't make a difference.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  43. josh

    Gee, I don't know, what do the focus group think? Show me some poll numbers please.."

    February 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  44. Luke k.

    no way in hell.

    it seems Ron Paul is the only conservative left standing

    February 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  45. bnthdntht

    This country after the last eight years is so divided conservatives think they don't really have a choice but to support an old cranky Bush on steroids McCain. Bomb,bomb,Iran.

    L.M.,Arizona

    February 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  46. Chad B. - Austin, TX

    Yes, some brands of conservative will rally behind McCain - like neo-conservatives & Marxist conservatives. Rule-of-law conservatives, peace-loving conservatives, free-thinking conservatives, and paleo-conservatives will NOT rally behind McCain's phony conservatism. McCain is a globalist Trojan horse. Conservatism is rooted in the Constitution, and McCain's roots are rotten.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  47. Glenn

    Conservatives that are truly loyal to the ideas of conservatism than the word republican in front of his name can not in good conscience rally around McCain. McCain has shown he is not loyal to conservative principals why should conservatives be loyal to McCain?

    Anchorage, Alaska

    February 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  48. Marc Clair

    Real Conservaties will never 'rally' around McCain , although I expect the Republican Party at large will. When it comes down to it these people don't have principle, they put party over everything. The real conservaties have already rallied - around Ron Paul. And will continue to do so.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  49. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    I listened to McCain addressing the Conservative Political Action conference. I had to clear my eyes and clean my ears because it sounded like Ronald Regan on my TV. After I realized who it was I LOL. The Republican Party allows likes to label any Democrat as a flip flopper, ironically this is the mother of all political flip flops. So no the conservatives on the right will not support McCain in vast numbers.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  50. Jill

    Ahhh, the smell of a democratic victory is in the air!! Macster has played "both sides of the aisle" too many times...there ain't enough "Pepto" to sooth this upset stomach!!! !... Can you say Iraq?... Can you say 9 TRILLION in overseas debt with a falling dollar?...Can you say a budget "in the red" budget to the tune of approx. $500 BILLION, Can you say Recession? Wait a minute... let me get the imodium too...

    February 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  51. Tim Smith

    NO,

    I'll rally around a turd before I'll rally around McCain: turds tend to stink less and don't have ridiculous policies, because they're just a damn turd!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  52. Amnesty is Treason

    his mommy has scolded them, so they have no choice!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  53. Wendy

    I can only speak for myself, Jack. As a conservative who believes in small government, fewer taxes, and abiding by the Constitution – I will never, ever, ever vote for or in any way support John McCain. The very idea that he could be the Republican nominee, much less President, is terrifying.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  54. David Sadler

    Why on Earth would conservatives support a traitor to the cause who supported restrictions on free speech during elections, Open Borders, higher taxes and global predatory wars of aggression and imperialism – just to name a few?

    The GOP will reap the wind for its tactics in the past few elections. There is no fixing the 'Big Tent.' It will be razed to the ground. A new house will be built in its place with new people holding traditional, pro-American sovereignty ideas.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  55. Jessica

    TRUE conservatives will NOT rally around John McCain. John McCain is NOT a conservative.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  56. Bob/Traverse city Mich

    Well Jack Apparently John McCain is the lone remaining conservative not currently under indictment for influence peddling or resigning over sexual transgressions. The conservatives have no other choice but to rally around him.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  57. Richard in Denver

    The conservatives may rally around John McCain but I can`t see that it will make any difference. From what I have seen and heard from the Republicans is that each of them is saying how important it is to be a true conservative and don`t seem to care about any of the other issues. I will not vote for John McCain, but I really do respect him as he has actually reached across the aisle and tried to get something done. It really scares me when I hear folks like Mitt Romney yapping about how non-conservative John McCain is. How conservative or liberal a candidate is isn`t nearly as important as HOW GOOD AN AMERICAN HE OR SHE IS. We are badly in need of PATRIOTS and there seems to be a real shortage of them in Congress and the Senate.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  58. Susan

    Hi Jack,

    I'd rather slit my wrists than vote for McCain. McCain makes Dubya look like a humble guy.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  59. TED IN TUCSON

    JACK:oF COURSE THEY WILL – HE'S THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN

    February 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  60. Landon Walsh - Marshall, Ar

    Mccain-lieberman
    Mccain-kennedy
    Mccain-feingold
    Mccain-kerry
    Mccain-dashall

    Anyone who thinks McCain is a Conservative doesn't need to reproduce.

    And anyone that thinks Mr "Less jobs and More wars" is going to beat a democrat, simply needs to be shot for utter stupidity

    I’m a Republican, and I will never vote for McCain.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  61. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I don't think the far right nut side of the party will. They don't have the stomach to vote democrat either. So I think they will be setting this one out. And wait for someone that can walk on water.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  62. Dorothy Grappo

    Too much about politics is based on 'polls'. Polls on the Internet are
    generally answered by techies who have no clue and express their opinions
    with misspelled and four-letter words revealing their glaring illiteracy. Consequently they will have no bearing on what I think about anything
    or who I will vote for. Since I am an evangelical, I think I can safely say
    we'll vote for McCain if he's the nominee - before we would vote for
    Clinton or Obama.

    Dorothy in Ohio

    February 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  63. Cory

    Why would they? He is not a conservative, not even close but since the Republican party isn't conservative anymore then I guess they will. They were duped in 2000 and 2004 to vote for a spend and spend some more Republican, I guess it will happen again and this time they will do it knowingly.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  64. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Of course they will discard their principles and vote against anyone who believes the earth is not flat.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  65. Mark

    Jack,

    I believe that most conservatives will support McCain only because the most conservative candidate in the race has not been given an opportunity to express his views and record to the public. If Dr. Paul’s views were reported in the same manner as the other candidates, I truly believe that the conservative voters would realize that he is the only real choice. The media should report the news (and Dr. Paul is news) and let the public decide.

    Mark
    Naperville, IL

    February 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  66. Brad

    Are you kidding, Jack?

    The Number 1 issue for Conservatives in this country right now is THE BORDER.
    John McCain might as well be Hillary Clinton on this issue.
    No REAL Conservative will EVER support McCain.

    It seems the Real Conservatives who want the Border secure and dont want to BANKRUPT this country through McCains "100 years War" will have to go Third Party and Support Ron Paul.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  67. Ken, Hamilton, NJ

    It is mind boggling that anyone would get behind this man! The thing is... they probably will... just like the sheep they are. If they really believed in true principled conservatism, they would vote for Ron Paul!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  68. Nicole

    Ha ha ha! Rally around the 100 years of warmongering McCain? This just goes to show how bankrupt the so-called conservative Republican Party is! McCain = non-viable.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  69. Paulette Bent Dallas,PA

    Let's get real! Does anyone think that McCain is going to be running the country if he should happen to win? The Big Republican Machine will still be calling all of the shots. John McCain will do as he is told or the party will punish him during his single term.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  70. Steve Zimmer

    John McCain is nothing more than a Neo-Con. Pro war....pro big government....pro North American Union....anti-middle class. You can see it in his eyes. He can't wait to control the military. He has a 40 year old grudge to fulfill, and he will do it at the expense of the taxpayers in this country. He is another opportunistic puppet.....real conservatives are not falling for it!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  71. Aaron

    Our only hope is a brokered convention.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  72. George Wilson

    Jack, you must remember that above all else conservatives are also Republicans, and when it comes election time, conservatives everywhere will all line up, and vote straight Republican. If it ever were to happen that some of them didn't , they would start another party. Don't forget MIchael Bloomberg is still out there, and the winds are changing. Should Huckaby decide to drop out, you might could just see another candidate emerge, and it will be a first, but I wouldn't hold my breath until it happens.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  73. Al Kansas

    As soon as I figure out what a conservative is, I'll come up with a pithy answer. If McCain is not a conservatve...what is he? A moderate? A liberal? I swear, I just don't know who anybody is anymore. So confusing.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  74. awake american

    never .... never ...... and never ..... there is still a true conservative in this race all tho you guys in the media choose to ignore him ... and he is the only one who can beat Hilliary ... and that mans name is DR Ron Paul

    February 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  75. Theresa Harmon

    As a 40-something, life-long Repubican I can tell you that a certain locale will freeze over before I cast a vote for McAmnesty. As the co-founder of Tennessee's anti-illegal immigration organization, I can say that Democrat in Republican clothing cost me several months of my life fighting his Amnesty bill and people here aren't likely to forget it any time soon! I'll go even further and say that, should he get the nomination, the RNC won't see another dime of my money until he's out of office and they prove to me that they learned their lesson!

    Mt. Juliet, TN

    February 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  76. Eric

    Anyone that rallies behind McCain is not conservative. They support huge deficits, endless war, and economic ruin. The GOP has been hijacked to look almost exactly like the democrats. What are people willing to put up with, when there is a clear conservative, with the record to prove it, running for the presidency, Dr. Ron Paul.

    Eric
    Dallas, TX

    February 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  77. Bill J

    The conservatives will not rally around McCain, and if they do conservatism is dead. We did not like him before, we do not like him now, and will not like him as president. Not only do I feel he should not be the nominee, he should be removed from the Republican party as a disgrace.

    If we have to start nominating people who act like democrats in order to beat democrats, we have lost our soul.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  78. Skip

    Jack,

    For McCain the party is the least of his woes. The American People are tired of everything from the economy to the war being loused up by the Republican party.
    I think were looking at a Democratic President and it really does'nt matter which one. Which party left the most unfinished or muddled up business for a new President to deal with? Republican or Democrat?

    Skip in Alabama

    February 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  79. Bill in NC

    They will if Hillary gets nominated!! If they don't unite beforehand, and Obama gets nominated they're in trouble!!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  80. MIKE ADKINS,CHARLOTTE,NC

    i doubt any conservatives will rally around john mccain too much. he's like a baby with a dirty diaper. you love them because they're family but don't really want to pick them up and hug them till the change takes place.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  81. marti thompson

    FOR MILWAUKEE.......ANN COULTER SAID SHE WOULD SUPPORT HILLARY....

    February 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  82. John

    I don't believe that McCain is the conservative he claims to be and I will not be supporting his candidacy.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  83. Jim

    The conservatives will rally, but with little enthusiasm. What a sad state of affairs when anyone would listen, let alone believe, what Gearge Bush has to stay. I watched him in Tennessee today and all I could think of was the same empty promises he's made in New Orleans! His words are as empty as his head. But, conservatives elected him; maybe that's how they like their presidents!

    Jim
    SC

    February 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  84. Allen of Hartwell GA

    Jack, the "Conservatives" (capital C) who want to maintain a voice in politics will. This could possible even mean the screamers on radio such as Limbaugh and his ilk, along with theocrats like James Dobson. Like it or not the right-wingers appear to be losing control of the Republican Party, thanks to George W. Bush. Maybe that can be Bush's legacy – to bring the GOP back to earth after Gingrich and his Contract "On" America (sic).

    February 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  85. Jay, Utah

    Yes. The Conservatives will rally around McCain because they now know who the candidate is and now have nine months to get used to it. He may not be exactly what they are looking for but they will have to decide between him and either Hillary or Barack. Plus McCain will likely choose a Conservative V.P., my hope is Huckabee, and the conservatives will rally around the pair and make a very good team to take on the Democrates.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  86. Scott O

    Mr. Jack Cafferty my friend,

    McCain will never rally the conservative base. My friend, He's frustrated a good many conservatives during his tenure. I would be ashamed of my party if this man actually becomes the Republican nominee.

    Scott Osika
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901

    February 8, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  87. Mike

    Yes Jack, they will, for a very practical reason: McCain would likely prevail over Clinton, while having a fighting chance against Obama.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  88. Aaron Smith

    I sure hope they don't Jack. It's a shame that Liberal McCain has gotten as far as he has in this race. Have we lost our way? What is wrong with the GOP? This whole time we have had the perfect conservative candidate in Congressman Ron Paul and the party has acted like wasn't even there. What happened to party that produce such men as Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan? We have the perfect candidate if people would only open their eyes to see him.

    Aaron Smith
    McKinney, Texas

    February 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  89. Scott O

    Mr. Jack Cafferty my friend,

    McCain will never rally the conservative base. My friend, He’s frustrated a good many conservatives during his tenure. I would be ashamed of my party if this man actually becomes the Republican nominee.

    Your friend, Scott O

    February 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  90. Sharon

    Oh, I have such a soft spot for Senator McCain, I hope the conservatives rally around him. Much will be riding on his choice for Vice President, although it may be hard for him to find someone appealing to both Christian and economic conservatives.

    I'm an independent, and just hope both parties nominate a candidate that is capable of doing a good job as President. As far as Republicans go, I like Senator McCain for some of the very issues the conservatives dislike him for. And, although he made the "100 years in Iraq" comment, I truly believe he has the military experience to help stabilize the situation. I'm sure he doesn't want to see our troops pushed to the breaking point, and realizes we can't bankrupt ourselves in the process.

    Trafalgar
    Indiana

    February 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  91. Rich from Boston, MA

    John McCain is not a conservative, and is certainly not a fiscal conservative. He wouldn't know how the economy worked if it hit him in the face.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  92. Jason C, PA

    Absolutely not. McCain is not consevative. He wants POWER. That is far from what the founders wanted in our leaders and definitely not conservative. He has no consistent consevative principles. Just look at his speeches regarding the troops during the Haiti crisis and compare that to his speeches today. He does what is politically convenient for him at the time. The only true conservative running is Ron Paul. He is running this campaign for ALL US citizens. Despite what other candidates say, if you look at their history it is clear they will choose to favor certain groups of people(very wealthy people) over the prosperity of all. Wake up America do some research and stop basing your vote on what you see on TV.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  93. John T. Lucas

    Mr. Cafferty:

    The "conservative" wing of the Republican Party surely is not monolithic. Some of these reactionaries will vote for Senator McCain while others will not. Some will stay home. If Senator Clinton is the Democratic nominee some will turn out for him because they dislike her so much. But so what? You are begging the question, and not in the erroneous way Wolf Blitzer has used that rhetorical term for years. Your question always assumes the answer that he will beat Hillary Clinton. Nonsense. If the people now supporting Senator Obama find Hillary as their party's nominee they will not stay home or vote for John McCain.

    Young people, women, war vets and those economically destroyed or left out in the cold for the last seven years will see him for whatt he is: a war victim who is now a victimizer; a war hero who is now a warmonger; a former straight-talker who is now is now a pander to the worst instincts and fears of the electorate; a formerly good man who is now so low a politician he did not turn up for a recent important vote on an economic package because a stand would have potentially hurt him. The more we get to know him the less likeable he appears. He often comes off as small and mean-spirited and this will intensify during a long and arduous presidential campaign. Let religious conservatives rally round him. He will not win anyway.

    John Lucas
    Victoria, BC
    Canada

    February 8, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  94. Lace King

    If Hillary gets the nod, the dems AND repubs will support McCain
    If Obama gets the nod, the repubs will support him!

    This is already happening! Ever heard the phrase "Obamacan?"

    February 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  95. Eileen

    YES, unfortunately they will....cause that's where their intelligence takes them.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  96. cjlouis

    The GOPs have no choice

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  97. Richard Payne

    If the do or don't it doesn't matter that much? The Republican Party is going to take a beating in 2008 and anyone who can not see that is blind! McCain's time was yesterday....he has NO tomorrow. His own state governor hates him and will likely run for his Senate seat and win it!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  98. jacquelyn gonzales

    i don't think they have a choice...

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  99. Claudia

    I will, if Obama gets becomes the nominee for the Democrats. I am not falling for the Obama preacher act. There was only one Martin Luther King.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  100. Michael-California

    Of course they will rally behind McCain. The Republican "sheep" always fall into line eventually. Sure, they hate McCain, but they hate Clinton tons more.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  101. Michael

    Do they really have a choice? I think it simply comes down to a political realty check for the Republicans. McCain is the only option they have.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  102. Bill

    Conservatives? Rebulicans voted nearly 90% in support of two RINO's on Super Tuesday. Conservatives? If you are a Rebuplican supporting Mr. McCain, calling yourself a conservative is the definition of hypocracy. Conservatisim in the GOP is dead, say hello to Hillary or vote Ron Paul.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  103. Scott Hulbert

    Pressed with the options of rallying or losing, most conservatives will unite behind McCain. I'm enthused to see conservatives badmouthing McCain left and right because it gives me faith that the Republican party is being realigned away from the "value based" voters.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  104. Trevor from Stamford, CT

    I think the real question is, Do they really have a choice?

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  105. Corey

    I think that it really will be a toss up. I think there are many that were already behind him but as for those that weren't I really could see them supporting Obama. It's not like there is much of a difference between them! The only way that Conservatives will ALL rally around him is if Hillary is the Democratic candidate.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Megan Mozena

    I don't doubt it. Stupid is as stupid does.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  107. Raphael from New York NY

    Jack, Conservatives may rally around McCain because many may feel that any "liberal" Republican is better than any "liberal" Democrat.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  108. Don Rabbitt, Yorba Linda, CA

    Jack,

    What choice do they have? Clinton, OBama? Yeah sure.

    You called them "mealy mouthed", I call them realistic.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  109. Zac

    True conservatives have already rallied around Ron Paul. Everyone else is just a poser.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  110. Ryan Lambert

    Publically they will have to back him, for the good of the party, but I'm sure they'll still continue to bash his policies around the dinner table.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  111. Mark Herring

    I think conservatives will rally around McCain. He's a social, an economic, and a national security conservative, because he's against abortion, he's against tax raises, and he supports the war in Iraq, even if he differs in emphasis on some things. He doesn't pander to the right when he disagrees about things like climate change or green business development. Unfortunately, some talking heads have spread misinformation about McCain; namely, they've made him seem more liberal than he really is. It's a shame that some people can't see McCain for the conservative he really is.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  112. Brandon Blakeney

    I for one as a true conservative will NEVER vote for a John McCain! Mike Huckabee is only a slightly better alternative. Sadly, the conservative base of the republican party has overlooked "their" candidate, Congressman Ron Paul. He is the only true agent of change who could inspire a nation to pull the lever for him in November and keep the republicans in the white house.

    Brandon
    Laurel, MS

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  113. Ali, Michigan

    I find it very interesting that McCain was able to win without a conservative vote; however, I find it less interesting that some conservatives who opposed him so strongly are now placing their support behind them. It seems as though conservatives are following the trend of flip-flopping which worries me in the sense that if these flip-floppers help to elect McCain as president, how much credibility will he have? Will the voice of America really be heard?

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  114. Tangiew5

    NO!!. He can't win the conservatives. He will only get the ones that give in and give up the fight. The people have their chance to be heard. Say no to McCain.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  115. Peter

    They shredded all of their candidates. They were going to look like hypocrites no matter who was to get the nomination.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  116. Matt, New Jersey

    I think eventually they will because as much as they dislike McCain, to them he is a much better choice than either Hillary or Obama. Plus McCain will probably be smart and choose a sound conservative VP, so on election day I cannot see the conservatives supporting anyone but the Republican Nominee, who will be McCain

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  117. brian

    They will because republicans are lemmings and will walk off that cliff behind him... but it does not matter because a democrate will will the general election because of new independant voters like myself

    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  118. Mike B.

    Let's be honest, 'true conservatives' are going to vote conservative; they can threaten all they want to vote Democratic this year, but come November, all you will hear is praise towards John McCain.

    – Mike from Harrisonburg, Virginia

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  119. Mona H

    Not this conservative ! McCain makes a mockery of the party and for the first time in my life voting, I may not vote at all. The future of this country scares the hell out of me.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  120. Ian of Tuscaloosa, AL

    Of course conservatives will rally around John McCain. What is their alternative? Rallying around Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama? When November comes around, conservatives will make an easy choice, a choice for John McCain. He may send shivers down the spines of some of the base, but he will get their support because they shutter to think about a Clinton or Obama White House.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  121. Billie

    No, my husband and I both will not vote for the first time in 37 years of marriage. Looking forward to 2012 however.

    Billie, AL

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  122. Alexandra

    Of course they will! THis is just politics as usual for them. Do you REALLY believe RUSH and Ann Coulter will vote democratic? HAH! It's just a way to keep them in the news and the focus on the republicans instead of covering what's happening with the democratic nomination process. BORING...

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  123. Joseph Pullen, Pace Florida

    Given the politics of fear that the Conservative wing of the Republican party advocate, this will be a resounding NO! John McCain has show many times that he can work with both sides of the aisle in Congress. This enfuriates the radical right.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  124. Chuck Jewell

    Winter Garden, Florida

    No, I don't think conservatives will rally around John Mccain, because he's not conservatives. I would hope that they wouldn't rally around him just because he's likely to be the nominee. The fact that he is more liberal than conservative should be the only thing influencing their decision. After all, Ron Paul is the only TRUE conservative left, the conservatives should be rallying around him.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  125. Rutherford, VA

    "Conservatives" will give up every other issue, economic, moral, everything, as long as they get a candidate (McCain) who mentions Reagan in every speech, prominently, and will guarantee more war, particularly with Iran, because that's what a lot of them want. Fortunately, this demographic has shrunk to about a quarter of society, as we can see by the primary elections. At least Romney had economic sense, but now the GOP is a joke that will very likely split. Oh well.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  126. MikeH

    No, they wont. And they dont have to. Huck is a better choice and has shown on 4 different occasions that he can beat a Clinton.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  127. David, Tampa, Fl

    Aren't these the same people that brought us the Dixie-Crats back in the 1950's and tried to shanghai the Democratic party. They couldn't, so they invaded the Republican Party and slowly but surely took over. They insist that they are the sole arbitors of God, Truth and Right, thanks for the line Mr. Simon, which they aren't. Will these clowns vote for McCain? Most probably will and be pushing for a true conservative as his ruining mate. By their insistance on My way or the highway mentality I say give them the highway and dont let the door hit you in the backside on your way out.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  128. Paul Stingo

    Will they rally around McCain?... For the conservatives it's "McCain or bust"....could you imagine them voting for a Clinton or Obama? No way!!!But wouldn't it be great if they all just sat out this election?

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  129. Mr. O

    Jack, my friend,

    McFlop, McFlip, McFlop. He hasn't shown he's a true conservative for years. There is though, one true conservative left that is still in the race but, one wouldn't know! Can you guess who?

    Mr. O

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  130. ellie of Ann Arbor

    They will because in the end voters can be smart and contradict Churchill. Don't we see a circular firing squad in the making? He is the anti-Hillary who is motivating some dromedar conservatives to say they will vote for Hillary. And she is the unauthentic, anti-McCain, who will prompt many Democrat to vote for McCain, including myself and many I know. Hmm.....

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  131. Lace King

    If Hillary gets the nod, the dems and repubs will support McCain!
    If Obama gets the nod, the dems and repubs will support Obama!

    Hillary Clinton is UNELECTABLE!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  132. Dan

    Yes, conservatives will rally behind McCain, because Republicans won't want to see a Democrat in the White House when the Democrats already control both houses of Congress.

    John McCain is a pro-life, fiscal conservative. From the point of view of a typical Republican, John McCain is a lot better than any Democrat.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  133. Courtney

    Well I would hope that the Republicans would vote for McCain if he were the nominee. Who else would they vote for? Don't you dare say Clinton or Obama! Conservatives have to realize that McCain may disagree with them one some issues, but how many issues do they agree on? You must also remember that McCain has enough experience to deal with the mess in Iraq. Just think about this: what would Huckabee do in this situation? What would Ron Paul do? Then clear your mind of the hauntingly ugly thoughts and think about how McCain would handle these situations.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  134. Joe Palen

    Far be from me to explain to the enemy how to attack. Personally I think McCain-Huckabe would make them a good ticket. But please tell them McCain-Romney instead.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  135. Eric of Iowa

    Jack, of course they will. No matter who the nominee would be, the conservatives would prefer a Republican in the White House rather than a liberal Democrat. It happens every time.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  136. Sean Milhoan

    No. Mcain's actions speak louder than his words. He has won delegates from states that will vote democrat. With Romney out there is no doubt that Huckabee can win. He is no longer splitting the conservative vote. If Mcain is the nominee we can kiss the right goodbye for four long years. Mcain is just as slimy of a politicain as the men who used to hate him and now support him. With James Dobbsons endorsement I think Huckabee is going to shock then nation. Upsets don't just happen in football.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  137. Steve Bronson

    Yes, The consevative Republicans I know, would rally around a tree stump if they thought it would get more votes than Hillary!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  138. Elizabeth

    I am a native Arizonan, and I for one will NOT be supporting John McCain. He ran on the coattails of the late Senator Barry Goldwater. I remember Barry Goldwater very well. When Barry Goldwater retired and left his seat open for John McCain, he felt that he was leaving Arizona in good hands. The stands that "Lettuce" McCain has taken on the various issues – a RINO (Republican In Name Only) in fact, would have angered Goldwater. McCain is too soft on illegal immigration, and I think he puts profit ahead of national security – how does "compassion" for ILLEGALS compare to SECURITY for our own citizens? What a slap in the face of Barry Goldwater.

    Since Mit Romney dropped out, there just isn't anyone left voting for. I say let's just chuck it all now and go back to having a King.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  139. Brian

    Of course they will are you kidding with mitt romeny gone who else Are they Going to go for?

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  140. Deborah

    Yes Jack they wil rally around McCain because they have no choice! The Republicans are dillusional if they think they will win the election against the Dems. They need an "Obama type candidate" to even think about winning. A vote for McCain is a third term for Bush. The Dems could have a monkey running and still beat McCain.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  141. Kareem

    It appears that in both parties, the political elites are losing power and influence. Thats the true story of these campaigns. Even Ron Paul support surprised people.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  142. Richard

    Of course they will!

    And you wonder when will America ever learn?

    As long as you leave the FACTS out of any discussion with them, they will agree to anything; such as putting us in debt, picking on Iraq because someone else terrorized us, denying Universal Healthcare while their brother conservatives who are lobbyists and executives in pharma, petro, and insurance rob them blind; and, they can wave a flag.

    It's the biggest bag o' rocks I've ever seen.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  143. Jordan

    "Conservatism', whatever that is, is on the way out. John McCain isn't conservative, but for Republicans in the midst of an identity crisis, they're in search of an icon to rally around. I think they're just dissatisfied with the candidate pool in general, and they're manifesting that disappointment by directing attacks at John McCain. I'm an Obama supporter and a "liberal", but I still know he's a good man who doesn't deserve such a fuss from his own party.

    Cafferty/Blitzer 2012!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  144. Jim

    They will have to if they hope to keep the White House in the general election. For too long, the extreme conservative wing of the party has ignored the parties' moderate center. McCain's brand of conservatism is more representative of the moderate center wing of the party (the moderate center is also where the majority of Americans politically reside – look at the closeness of the last presidential election as proof). The Republican Party needs to heed these words "United we stand, divided we fall to either Hillary or Obama".

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  145. John Aumock

    Welcome to the wonderful world of back biting...I mean, the elections. And, Bush and congress couldn't improrve their image if they all quit today and became Girl Scouts tomorrow. This country is on a downward spiral, and if Obama or McCain get into office, I heard Canada has great deals on Real Estate.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  146. Juana

    It is certainly making for a more interesting race that they don't. Now with Dobson's endorsement of Huckabee it seems like the conservatives need to inaugerate a new front runner. As a Democrat, this is somewhat amusing – the Rebublicans are now running into the same problem. The problem of knowing what needs to be done – coalescing around a single candidate – versus wanting to follow one's heart and vote conscience.

    Juana
    Moline, IL

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  147. Randolph

    Conservatives will only rally around McCain if they see an opportunity to defeat Hillary Clinton. And sadly I predict that this November will go the same way as 2004 and 2000 – Hillary gets only the blue states, McCain gets only the red states and wins barely.

    If Hillary steals the nomination away from Obama, I will resign from the Democratic party and urge as many people as I can to do the same.

    Randolph
    Lexington Kentucky

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  148. Kareem

    It appears that in both parties, the political elites are losing power and influence. Thats the true story of these campaigns. Even Ron Paul support surprised people.

    Hartford CT

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  149. Rudy Smith

    Jack, YES, the conservatives will rally around John McCain because the only time law and order, the constitution, and/or their morals values applies is when they are in relations to the Democrat Party.

    Leon
    Vicksburg

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  150. Gil Geiger

    I watched the speech yesterday that McCain gave If you look at his body language and his expressions you can tell he is such a liar. Being a lifelong republican I think I would rather vote for Hillary Clinton, as least I know what Im getting. We did a whole lot better under Bill Clinton than the last 8 years of Bush. I don't think I could live here anymore if John gets elected.

    sincerely Yours:

    Gil

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  151. Sarah, Maryland

    Yes, of course they will rally behind John McCain. Have you ever known Republicans not to do what is in the best interest of their party? It will be a guarantee that they will come together if Hillary Clinton is the nominee. She is so hated by the Republicans that they will become a truely unified force, and will take over the White House again. The Democrats only chance at regaining the White House is to elect Barack Obama for their nominee.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  152. Christopher

    Do they have a choice? ....well should they be so selfish that is? If there is one thing that all men running have in common; it is the party they represent. It seems as though this election has caused allies to try and make one another look like an incompetent individual running for presidency. I thought they are all on the same team. Not in this case that is! If the republicans were smart and had some ounce of common sense, they would step down and accept that McCain will win the race to the showdown against the democratic party. Why not give your fellow party member your support? Or are they certain that they are all what it means to be republican?

    Regardless....it is time for America to be under the democratic wing. At least on on this side, whether the nation goes Clinton or Obama, it will be a step in the right direction.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  153. Doug C.

    Jack, much said about McCain – The real discussion should center on the super delegates if the Dems continue on their present course. Try this for size, a small minority of back room hacks deciding the canidate for the "Democratic" party. There is a real chance that the Ddms will snatch defeat the jaws of victory once again.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  154. znolight

    I doubt that many Republicans will rally around McCain be they conservative or liberal. I personally do not like the man and I have been a Republican all my life.
    I will not vote for him. Not m uch choice is there.

    Omar
    Houston

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  155. Nick Wright

    We are witnessing the beginning of a conservative insurgency here as theocrats like James Dobson rally around Reverend Mike Huckabee. Expect a small but vocal insurgency to be a thorn in McCain's side for at least a few weeks, and after McCain finally locks down the delegates he needs, a lot of those folks won't be there to support him in November.

    Nick Wright
    Atlanta, GA

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  156. Mallory Rexford Perry

    Yes they will because that will be the only way to win the presidential election and keep Hillary out of the white house.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  157. craig

    Yes, conservatives will rally around McCain. They're all crazy and McCain is crazy...
    birds of a feather! But you know people will tire of the Republican insanity and Obama's lofty rhetoric and Hillary will become the next president and, thank God as we will finally have some sensibility in the White House.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  158. Dan Cochran

    I'm not sure if conservatives will rally around McCain. If right wing radio is any indicator, they definitely will not. But I know this....they had better if they plan on stopping the wave the democratic party seems to be riding. After the past eight years, rallying behind McCain is their only hope if they want a Republican in the white house.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  159. Helene from Quebec

    I don't know if republicans will rally around McCain but after 8 years of the Bush medicine, if americans choose another republican as president, they will give a whole new meaning to the word "masochism"

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  160. VJ Delgorio Sr

    Jack,

    Did Ron Paul ever have a chance in winning the nomination. It will be a cold day below before the conservatives endorse McCain 100%. Although, all the War Mongerers will. McCain needs a bib because he speaks out of both sides of his mouth. What does he really stand for anyway? You just don't say things because thats what people want to hear, or does he? It the beginning of Obama or Clinton Republicans. Ronald Reagan must be turning over in his grave.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  161. Joshua

    Both McCain and Obama want to "reach across the aisle" to the right. But Conservatives won't rally around either one. McCain is NOT pro-life, he supports embryonic stem cell research, and will not appoint a Judge that will uphold the constitution.

    That's just one of the reasons why we won't rally around them, there are heaps of more reasons.

    Joshua
    Gilbert, Az

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  162. Jim Jernigan

    Holy Political Error Jack! What is going on with this Country? Why is it that the Republican Voters going for McCain? Do they even have the knowledge about McCain? Well I come from a very conservative family, and they are not for McCain, and I am NOW for the hope of a President that is not McCain! Sorry to say it, but that is the honest truth!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  163. Chris

    You know, Jack, when the man's own party trashes him, how on earth are us independents supposed to support him? Is he going to be running against Rush Limbaugh or a democrat? I liked him better when he ran the last time as a rogue republican. I cannot ethically vote for anyone who supports the Iraq war. Therefore, Obama gets my vote!
    Chris, Michigan

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  164. Dylan in St. Louis, MO

    I feel that conseratives will rally around John McCain. For as much as he has angered conseratives in the past, it cannot be denied that no matter what Laura Ingraham or Glenn Beck, John McCain is indeed a conserative. His conserative rating was an 82. Hillary Clinton's rating was a 9 so contrary to Ann Coulter's beliefs, John McCain is most certainly more conserative and would have more conserative views. He stands by his promises and if he did not back the surge, the surge likely would never have happened. John McCain is the best chance for Republicans and conseratives alike and soon enough, if McCain were to win the nomination, they will realize that fact and they will throw their support to Senator McCain as he runs for office to better our country.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  165. Christian

    If conservatives have any kind of sense Jack, they'll rally around McCain and vote for him. The thought that Clinton or Obama could be in office for 8 years HAS TO send chills down the spine of conservatives, if they really call themselves conservatives. The scorn for Hillary Clinton by the conservatives is well-documented, and Barack Obama is even more to the left than she is. Just imagine if Obama gets to put two or three judges on the Supreme Court, all the in-roads that conservatives have made in things like that pro-life movement could be reversed, not to mention the possibility of Gay Marriage becoming legal in the United States, among other things. If conservatives do really follow through with their threats of not voting for McCain in the general election, they will not be able to live with themselves for the rest of their lives.

    Christian
    Chicago, Illinois

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  166. Craig

    The answer is quite simply "Of course". I mean let's face it throughout any election a lot of mean things are said in hopes of the election of another candidate. However, once that candidate is out and you are left with one Republican and one Democrat, you will always see the traditional divide based on party line. The fact of the matter is regardless of the nominee a certain percentage of the population will make their decision solely based on the (R) or (D) following their name.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  167. E. Lyles

    Jack,

    It's simple: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    Of course they will all line up behind McCane and by Nov. the good ole boys will not even remember that they were ever against him.

    Mark my words!

    L. L.
    Houston, TX

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  168. Subir in NY

    Conservatives are afraid of McCain, and rightly so. His foreign policy of "100 years in Iraq" and more wars will bankrupt America for sure, and McCain hasn't indicated that he wants to seriously combat the problems of debt and ballooning entitlements that will make all Americans pay higher taxes. There is very little that's conservative about McCain's platform.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  169. James McCoy

    The Republicans have given their votes in majority already to McCain, so yes, he will be the nominee, but who else are they going to stand behind? They are stuck in a rut and know it. He will be the nominee and then hell opens up. I cannot wait, if he wins the Presidency to hear his first State of the Union speech.......My Friends, My Friends, My Friends, My Friend, My Friends and My Friends.

    The Republicans have made a major mistake. They have voted for a man that only gave them what they wanted to hear....Just like Hillary. She has done the same thing. I will do this, I will do this, I will do this. HELLO!!!! Congress?

    Jim

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  170. Tom

    Who cares John is a stand up american who will not do what the far right tells him. Many of us are moderates and I for one am tired of not being heard because the right talks louder. John can win without those nuts who have ruined the party for the last eight years.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  171. Jay

    No! Not McCain! At least here in Utah, perhaps one of the most conservative states around, Romney's loss is Obama's benefit. We have no reason to support McCain. We have every reason not to support a candidate who's not what he says he is and changes who he says he is depending on who he's talking to. It's not the best motivation to vote– just to elect the best of worst-case scenarios– but we can't get better than the best of the worst in this election, so we'll settle for Obama.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  172. Robert Clark

    Jack, sure Conservatives will rally. People vote for "their party". Problems are that the US Conservatives are "out of gas!" and the rest of the world want the Reps. out and the Dems. in .....ant the troops home today! Issue isn't money ...it is respect! Go Leafs ...best from Canada, and Tillsonburg, Ontario

    February 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  173. Josh

    They will be forced to unless a true conservative candidate rises up and decides to run independently. McCain will provide the toughest challenge for either Obama or Clinton come the general election because of his appeal to moderates. Conservatives will rally around McCain and vote for him, even if they aren't happy about it unless someone else steps up.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  174. Andy Laub

    Jack, conservatives will be so desperate to rally around someone they will have no choice, look Mitt Romney had more conservative support than John Mccain and he said he was more liberal than Teddy Kennedy in 1994. Conservatives will do anything to grab the spotlight and pretend they are pro family and against gay marriage while they're playing footsy with another man in an airport bathroom. But when it comes down to substance Ann Coulter who said she would like to see John Edwards blown up is not going to support Hillary Clinton or Barrack Obama the just want whats gives them all the power and makes them look good so they have an execuse to be hypocrites and use the rest of us to clean up after them. You the best Jack

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  175. leah

    No, we will not sit silent while he destroys America with his unpredictable liberal behavior. At least with an honest democrat we know what we are getting ourselves into and can plan how to survive and become victorious another day!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  176. Dean, Arlington Texas

    Of course they won't. He can't win the presidency when over 70% of americans want out of iraq. Mcain is out of touch with the people in general. There is only one true conservitive Rep candidate left who can unite the party and beat the dems and im NOT talking about huckabee! The one Jack said "Could Show us the way"

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  177. Michael

    Conservatives have their own little club of select people who they like. Any one out of this "club" they will not embrace much less endorse for the Republican Nominee for the President of the United States. Conservatives dont like outsiders and McCain has been one for a long time. I dont see them switching their view on him.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  178. Ali Bie

    No, I don't think so, but I personally hope they do. I can just imagine the 2 party debates this summer. I can see McCain getting beet-red in the face, his eyes red with fire, his voice screeching with venom, angry at the questions put to him. And he is supposed to lead the religous right? If that image is of the right, I'm very glad to be on the left, with respect of God's word, not how I can USE God's word.

    Ali Bie

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  179. Nikki

    Jack, I doubt they will rally around McCain. I know I sure won't, but it's really a moot point. With the democrats turning out 2 to 1 over the Republicans at voting booths and caucuses. McCain doesn't have the personality or attitude to light a fire under the many Republicans that are thoroughly disgusted with him and with the Republican party. Maybe....just maybe if he got rid of the arrogance he displays, he'd get more support, but probably not. Sad but true!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  180. ginny

    The conservatives will never accept McCain, but will probably vote for him. I think McCain could get enough independents and hawkish Democrats to replace the right end of his party. He would then preserve his integrity.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  181. James - Chestertown, MD

    Two years ago, VP Cheney was lambasting Democrats for not embracing Joe Liebermann. Proof that the Dems were just a party of Liberals. Now, when the wing-nuts are running from McCain, the silence is deafening. Of course the right-wing purists will stay home. They would rather lose. Fine with me.
    BTW, what does McCain's rise say about the power of Talk Radio?
    Bunch of hypocritical airbags.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  182. Andrea

    I am a conservative who will not vote for McCain, especially if Huckabee is in the VP spot. Instead I will be listening more closely to what the Democratic candidates have to say, and will likely throw my support their way, or just not vote. I know I am only one person with just one vote, but it is all I can do to show McCain and the Republican party that I am not satisfied. PS–I hope Romney does like Edwards and refuses to endorse anyone.
    Andrea
    Illinois

    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  183. Elaine Nickovich

    I can only speak for myself, NO.
    He has lied to the people to often .Talk about a flip floper, he is at the top of the list.
    I will not vote for him.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  184. Felix

    If the Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton, the conservatives who begin foaming at the mouth and convulsing at the mere mention of her name would vote for a gay atheist illegal immigrant if that was the Republican nominee.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  185. Lisa Johnson

    Is peanut butter made from peanuts? The answer is a resounding YES! (No reference to Republicans intended with the "nut" example.) As I see it, this is one of the major differences between the parties. Republicans today rally to their own, and very rarely make note of any hypocrisy within their ranks Democrats are most often "equal opportunity critics." While the tendency to identify with the party is still strong, it's my observation that Dems aren't afraid/unwilling to point out inconsistencies/weaknesses. For Republicans, it is all about continuing the legacy of the party, pure and simple.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  186. Martin Pettigrew

    The intelligent ones will

    February 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  187. David Adams Sr.

    I have supported the Conservative cause since Barry Goldwater and believe me I will not support John McCain. I wish they had "none of the above" on the ballot that way I could atleast vote.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  188. marge

    jack,they will be coming out of the woodwork to rally around mccain even tho most of the gop hate him and have said they would not support him. this tells me that the democrats should rally around barack obama ,who is the only one that can beat him and and give hope to this country.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  189. Dan in Evanston, IL

    The only conservatives rallying to John McCain are war-mongering neo-conservatives, fearing that the GOP may lose its slimy grip on Washington. True conservatives have had only one choice all along: Ron Paul.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  190. Greg

    Of course the conservatives will rally around McCain. They have proven that they will vote for anyone rather than a Democrat, no matter how qualified or good for the country that Democrat may be. How else do you explain Geore W. Bush to an incredulous world?

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  191. John

    Frankly, the best thing that can happen to this country is to have these ultra right-wing conservatives sit on their butts (can I say "butts"?) and do nothing. Look at what 8 years of Bush conservatism has gotten us. Enough said!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  192. misty, hilliard, ohio

    there is no doubt that conservatives will rally behind McCain this fall. If their present leader, George Bush, can change his story about the Iraq war so many times, why the conservatives can't change their view about McCain? Senator Cochran who had his spine "chilled" only days ago with the thought of McCain being the president, is now supporting McCain for president. Conservatives in the Republican party will find McCain as their guy come November. Anything is fair in Love and War and now, in the Republican party too!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  193. Pam Becker

    Of course they will rally around McCain and act as though they always did. Then they'll be hoping against hope that Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nomination so they can dredge out the old Whitewater stuff and anything else they've already planned to bring out. Whatever they are digging up will be saved until the general election so they don't help Obama. If there was dirt on Obama, you can bet it would have come out already from the Clintons.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  194. Mark

    Of course they will vote for McCain – the Supreme Court is at stake and they are smart enough to realize that. Republicans nominate to WIN. Democrats childishly allow the media to manipulate us into picking unelectable nominees, and we are doing it again this time.

    Conservatives will quickly fall into line and McCain will beat Hillary, and especially Obama like a drum, and the Supreme Court will be set for them for the next generation. We had two candidates (Edwards and Biden) who could have won, but nooooooo......

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  195. Christopher

    Will conservative rally around McCain? That depends on the Democratic nominee. The first election I was able to participate in was the 1984 election. Despite the liberal education pushed down my throat by teachers who dodged the draft in Vietnam and participated in Flag burning protests, I saw through the tax and spend mentality that says government can do better the things that should be my responsibility. I voted for Reagan, H.W. Bush, Dole, and W. Bush. Things being what they are I am not all too happy with the politics of division. If the Republican nominee is McCain and the Democrats nominee is Clinton the choice is simple- McCain for President. However, if Obama is the nominee I can see myself voting for him and hope that the Republicans can reclaim the Congress. I wish Romney could have gained momentum- if Obama is the winner at least I can say I was part of a history making event.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  196. Tyler Hansford

    Mr. Cafferty,

    Without a doubt, conservatives will rally around Senator McCain. Though we may not agree on all issues all the time, we will once again unite to fight against the dangers that a democratic president such Senator Clinton or Senator Obama. Conservatives across the country will unite behind John McCain, Mike Huckabee or whoever opposes the democratic nominee. Major issues to conservatives are far more important to us than minor disagreements. We will unite to elect a conservative president who will fight for the rights of the unborn, the sanctity of marriage, national security, and a strong economy.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  197. Myk

    I don't think they will. And if they do the Republican party will lose in '08. I used to be a Republican and came back to the party because of a TRUE republican named Ron Paul, but after the way the media and the GOP treated him and his supporters I am going back to Independant. The Republican party has truly lost it's way, how quickly we forgot our history.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  198. john Owens

    John McCain need not worry too much about whether or not conservatives rally around him during the general election. If Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nod then there will be lots of Democrats that WILL rally around McCain- enough so, I believe to offset the negation of the conservatives.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  199. Rafael - Austin, TX

    McCain did this election what was seemingly impossible for years now: Run as a centrist candidate in an increasingly polarized political climate. We need to look no further than Obama's success in the Democratic race for proof. Heck, they even split the independent vote.

    I see this as a sure sign that after 16 years of antagonistic politics with little progress for our country, Americans are ready for a President that will work with members of the opposition for the benefit of our country and not for special interests. Both McCain and Obama have a history of bipartisanship.

    To answer the question: I believe that Conservatives will rally behind McCain if Clinton wins the nomination. If Obama wins, I still believe they will back him, but without the same fervor.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  200. nick,pa

    I think there's a difference between rallying around a candidate and choosing the lesser of two evils.If true conservatives are who they claim to be...on election day they wouldn't vote.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  201. Sean Bowling Green Ohio

    Mcain can't beat either demarcate! We choose Bush over him knowing Bush would be a better candidate. And look what we got with Bush. Mcain is winning with votes that will go Demarcate in the general election. Huckabee is the only shot at keeping the right in power. Ron Paul is not a wise man any first year econ student can tell you ISOLATIONISM is short term remedy and long term death sentence. it sounds nice what Paul has to say but its flawed in every way. Huckabee!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  202. Greg from PA

    Hey, these are the guys who watch Fox News and think Karl Rove is John the Baptist to George Bush's second coming. If Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nomination there will be no doubt that the conservatives and evangelicals will rally around John McCain.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  203. Ben

    Once the Democrats come out with a clear candidate, conservatives will simply go with the lesser of two evils approach. McCain, who is liberal on a few issues but conservative on most, or Hilary or Obama who is liberal on all issues. It will be a pretty clear choice when the time comes. If it means a few liberal policies here and there, conservatives will have to settle for that because McCain is the best and perhaps only hope Republicans have for holding on to the white house.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  204. koolkat

    Humm the far right rally around John Mc Cain. Nope not if Rush Limbaugh &
    Ann Coulter & the religious right have anything to say about it. The Republican
    party is in total disarray because they don't have a conservative to support.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  205. Terry Prejean

    Hey Jack, what do you expect voters to do when the candidate they initially supported withdraw? Should they stay home and not vote. If Hillary wins the nomination are Obama supporters not going to jump on her band wagon. Get real! The Democrats will rally around their nominee and so will the Republicans. As far as I'm concerned, the Republicans could nominate a DUCK and I'd vote for the duck before Hillary or Obama!!
    Terry Prejean
    Patterson, LA

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  206. Sandra

    Do you wanna know when they'll rally behind McCain? When they will be GAURANTEED that he will continue Bush's tax breaks for the rich. Bottom line – it's all about the rich and their money.....it has nothing to do about abortion rights, the war or anything else.

    I'm an independent and the only way I would vote for McCain would be if he picks the right person for the vice presidency.......no Romney, no Huckleberry and definately no Gulianni. The Governor of Florida would be perfect. Then he'll definately have my vote.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  207. Lee

    Sure..just more hypocrisy from the conservatives. Actually, I find the so called conservatives to more like radicals and extremists They sure arent' social minded..

    I think it is time for the conservatives to apolgise to all of America for thre disaster in the White House over the past 7 years....The WORST Presdient in history.

    BYW...Although I am pro-life in my own way, I find it hypocritical when pro-lifers are proponents of war....like killing 750,00 innocent civilians in Iraq is supposed to be pro-life. Remember, we attacked a soverign country because they had WMD...DA I consider this more an invasion than a war as Iraq never attacked us.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  208. Dan Cochran

    After whats occured over the past eight years If conservatives want to put a Republican in the white house.....they had better rally around McCain.

    Dan from Connecticut

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  209. Billy

    Jack

    The fact is the conservatives will have to support McCain he is most likely going to be the Republican Presidential Nominee and Conservatives would rather hold their noses and vote for McCain then vote for a Democrat or a Liberal Independent.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  210. Shirley PA

    Republicans ALWAYS walk in lock step for their party. And this bogus claim that McCain isn't a conservative? It's being played up to convince Independents that they can vote for him.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  211. Rick Wigington

    Jack,
    I've found many conservatives to be selfish and full of themselves, but never ignorant. However, listening to Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, Dobson and Delay recently, I may have to reconsider. If McCain can't unite the GOP, certainly the Clintons can. That's one reason I'm caucusing for Obama tomorrow.
    Rick in Nebraska

    February 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  212. Donna, Scranton ,PA

    Right now John McCain is starting to tell the Consertives anything that he thinks will get him nominated! He will be more conservative then Rush and Laura Shawn and Anne, on everything from guns to war to imigration etc.. Bur come October and he will do a 180 and turn into a moderate to woe the independents,because he can't win as a right wing hack. He is the ultimate flipfloper, and the title of "The straight talk express" is a joke. He always went with what was good for John McCain and not for this country.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  213. Gracie

    NO! I will never vote for him even if he gets the nomination. I intend to write in the name of one of the real concervatives that had to drop out of the race because they could not rake up the money to compete with the campaign donations from the Neocon Corporation heads and the Elites that support McCain and that he will be answering too if elected.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  214. Mike

    This one won't! McCain is clueless about the economy and his constant warmongering on the stump is unbecoming of anyone who is to lead our nation. The democrats will ruin the economy further via spending. McCain or Huckabee will ruin the economy further via spending and expanding the war. Thats why I'm standing by the only reasonable choice Ron Paul. I will carve his name into the ballot if need be before voting for any of these other flip flopping politicians.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  215. Joeseph D'Amore

    As an indepentdent, one thing I've learned over the years is most republicans would rather vote for a monkey than a democrat. One of the many problems with our two party political nightmare!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  216. Thomas, FL

    No they will not. And even if they did, he still wouldn't win. America is sick of this ridiculous foreign policy and 100-years-McCain is obviously not our way out.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  217. Ron,offspring of a filipino politician

    Absolutety not.I don't want to waste my time in casting my vote for Macain.He is not real .He lied to the American people during their last debate at Reagan library.He is a straight talk liar.And besides he is not a good debater, I bet Hillary or Obama could bet him,unlike Mitt Romeney who is very much articulate and brilliant person. Macain educational background will speak for itself. Mitt Romeney is my families politician idol.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  218. William

    No.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  219. Billy

    Jack

    The fact is the conservatives will have to support McCain he is most likely going to be the Republican Presidential Nominee. Conservatives would rather hold their noses and vote for McCain then vote for a Democrat or a Liberal Independent.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  220. George W

    Yes Jack,They will,they can give up the money,But never want to lose the POWER.
    No Matter What.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  221. Harvey Slavin

    Why should ANYONE rally around John McCain? He LIED when he told us that marketplace in Iraq was safe-while 100 soldiers and two gunship helicopters protected him-and he continues to LIE about the success of the so-called "SURGE"-whose sole purpose was to give the crooked Iraqi politicians "space" to reconcile their differences-WHICH THEY REFUSE TO DO! The wheels are off the "straight-talk express" and we ALL know it! Conservatives will stay home in droves in November-–unless, God Forbid-Hillary Clinton is the Dems" nominee! ONLY THEN will every Republican cockroach come out from under their rocks ans vote for McCain-who would be a great Sec. of Veterans' Affairs in an Obama cabinet!!!! Harvey Slavin Boca Raton Fl.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  222. Charley Sterne

    Let's hope they don't. I'd love to see a Clinton/Obama ticket undo what the conservatives have done over the last eight years.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  223. Lamar

    Jack,

    The morons who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 put Bush into office.

    If the so called "conservatives" want to give the election to the Democrats in 2008, then more power to them!

    PLEASE STAY HOME!

    Go Obama!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  224. Ronn (Barrie,Ontario ,Canada)

    G'day Jack,
    Sure *is getting mighty Ugly out there huh. McCain need to shsow balance , call it calm callit common sense to reunite the Party someone like Collin Powell and or Mike Huckabee ..can't be worse can it?
    Some Canadians still support you folks!..vote with wisom folks!!..the whole world is watching..

    February 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  225. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    McCain is unelectable. He does not go to church,He has been called insane by Bush and Rove,he was intimately involved with Charles Keating and the savings and loan debacle,he is pro-amnesty and he will never kiss the rear-ends of Limbaugh,O'Reilly and Dobson. As long as the neocons and the religious right-wing won't support him we have a chance of having a legitimate executrive branch that respects the constitution and all the people.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  226. David A. Morse, Stoneham, MA

    Jack:

    The fact is, Most Conservatives will support McCain because, in the end he's better than the alternative. Their anger is a lot of hot air with no substance. Power is what matters, not ideals.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  227. Kevin- Webster, MA

    Anne Coulter is one that will not. She vowed that if McCain is thenominee she will campaign for Hillary. She has even burned her mini skirts and now wears polyester pant suits.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  228. Lee in Hamburg, NY

    In this nation of Liberals, Independants and Conservatives, we can look at them as free-thinkers, band-wagon jumpers, and followers respectively. In the end, the conservatives will rally around whoever their evangelistic minister tells them to or their corporate executive employer tells them to. The band-wagon jumpers will rally around whoever appears to be in the lead and whoever their friends appear to be supporting.

    If McCain turns out to be the Republican nominee, then that's who the followers will rally around because that's what they will be told to do...

    February 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  229. Fabian

    Jack, I'm sure many conservatives will rally around McCain because they will view him as the lesser of two evils, however , I think that even if the McCain camp gains the majority of conservative support, it will not nearly be enough to compete with the tidal wave of Democratic voters that has swept the elections this year.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  230. jason todd

    I don't know about other " conservatives" but this one will not. McCain has no business even running in the GOP race. His stance on core issues, like immigration for instance, is straight out of the liberal handbook. What's this about the instructions not to boo during McCains speech at a convention the other day? He's already suppressing the right to free speech and self expression. Is this some kind of sick joke by the GOP? I'm still waiting for someone to come out on stage halfway through one of his rants and say "Just kidding. Here's our real candidate." and then I'll wake up from this horrible nightmare and discover I've been asleep all this time. Like some sort of twisted version of Rip VanWinkle.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  231. Vinny, Texas

    Once the conservatives realize that Hillary or Obama will be the alternative, they will listen to McCain trying to sound conservative and force themselves to believe it. I'm just hoping an independant candidate that supports the middle class will run. C'mon Lou Dobbs, run already!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  232. Pat Duffy

    Jack, All this debate about McCain has made me rethink my"conservitive values"I I'm a proud republican and the far right loons in this party better get on board quickly or all the "great americans" will be saluting a liberal Commander in chief next November!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  233. geoff from scottsdale, az

    The republicans will support him no matter what they said yesterday, today or tommorrow, the politions in this country are obviously missing the basic human trait to just be honest or actually admit "hey, I was wrong about that, have I learned? Absolutely! The republicans and democrats are not running for the absolute best for everybody, just their party, lets cut the crap, no more parties, no more polls to persuade peoples votes, just act human for once, everyone makes mistakes, how you represent yourself and rectify the situation is what makes you. Hillary could have learned by this during her absolute refusal to say " yea, I was suckered in, misled and screwed up on the Iraq war.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  234. Toni Yohn

    Jack-Of course the Conservatives will rally around him. You shouldn't think for one moment that they won't stand up in front of God and everyone and sing his praises, even though last week most of them were saying they would rather vote for Hillary than for him. I've heard two Republicans, today alone, who were against him before they were for him. Kinda reminds me of the add they made about John Kerry in "04. It's sad they can't be proud of the candidate they are putting in front of the country for us to vote for.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  235. violet from San Diego

    ok, I admit it – I'm a 55 year-young, youthful – loyal – party faithful "Reagan Country" gal.... and every time I see crusty old McPain, I gag..... put him out of his misery, vote Obama..... Romny '12!!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  236. Jim Winchester

    Illegal immigration is the most important issue to me and this is why, as a Republican, I can NEVER vote for Mcamnesty. By voting for McCain I would be approving of his open border attitude and amnesty plans. Obama and Clinton are just as bad on this subject so I won't be voting in the Presidential race. I will however vote in the Congressional races. Voting for the lesser of the 2 evils is still voting for evil and I'm just not going to that.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  237. Fannie

    Of course they will Jack. They are mad because they did not get to choose the next President. The conservative right wing of the Republican Party is losing the power they have enjoyed for the last eight years. The people have said loud and clear,
    "WE WANT OUR PARTY BACK"

    February 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  238. Vic P

    "Conservatives" dislike McCain because they would like you to believe that only true red white and blue loyal Americans need to call themselves Conservative. Along comes McCain who has truly American qualities and they have to deal with the fact that he is not a Conservative like them.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  239. Ron P.

    I don't think it matters. I can't wait to drive around with my Obama 2008 & Obama 2012 stickers. Or, possibly, my Hillary 2008 and Hillary 2012 stickers.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  240. Teresa, Tampa Bay

    Boy, look at our choices!
    The ONLY thing I like about Sen. McCain is his Military/Homeland Security position. It would be helpful to know who or what-types of people he will pick as his VP and Cabinet. If he is smart enough to surround himself with good conservatives with integrity to handle economy, immigration, etc. we may be able to continue living in the US.
    Otherwise, Canada here we come!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  241. Nik

    Hi Jack, Conservatives will rally around McCain if he chooses a good vice presidential candidate. Conservatives do not like McCain, but all this talk radio buzz is potentially problematic for him.
    Nik
    Florida

    February 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  242. Taylor Thompson

    Jack-

    McCain is not even a conservative. He not only has extremely liberal tendencies, he does not have a true identity of himself and that questions his integrity to lead. It is now time for the Republican party to get behind not only a true conservative, but a true champion of liberty and freedom. Ron Paul.

    Taylor T.
    Hartland, WI

    February 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  243. Jeff Morris-Saugerties, N.Y.- DeJaVu57

    I doubt it Jack. The core far- right Conservatives might decide to sit the 08 election out rather than concede their grip on today's "New Republican Party." For the past fifteen years the Republican party has been hijacked by a minority of Religious, Neo-Con extremists. The one time majority of more moderate Republicans have had little or no say on anything since. The only way I see these far righties embracing McCain, is while reluctantly pinching their noses to avoid what they consider his foul aroma towards their core beliefs. The far righties see McCain as a screen door on their submarine. Guaranteed to sink them and take them to the bottom. If the Republican party of today moves any further to the Right, they just might fall off the edge of Pres Bush's flat World!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  244. Jeff Pattermann

    Jack, Jack, Jack,

    You know as well as I do that this is all politics, and Repubs have to align themselves with the shining star of their party, even if you don't like/agree with the fella at first. There is no one candidate who can be everyone for all, (although there is one self claimed "experienced" candy-date that is talking one for all).
    Mr. McCain is the most experienced person running, and we need someone who gets angry, instead of crying, running for the most improtant office in the world during some of the greatest (if not greatest) crises occurring in this great United States, and the world! I'm a registered REpub, but I WILL, and have ALWAYS voted for the one I thought would do the best job for America. Unfortunately this year, we don't have any great candidates, but we at least have experience to vote for. May God bless us all, and you espcially Jack! You are the shining star of CNN. I could watch you all day long. I hope they're paying you plenty!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  245. michell

    NO! But I will and so will alot of other dems. if yall some how push Obama in to the nomination.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  246. Bill

    Jack,

    A movie scene comes to mind. The Conservatives are like the rats sprinting down the corridor vainly attempting to flee the Titanic before it sinks. The time has come for them to reap the political harvest of George W Bush's Presidency, and there's nowhere for them to go. Surf's up, Dittoheads!

    Bill
    Hoffman Estates, IL

    February 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  247. Walter Robinson II

    As a Republican conservative, I will not vote for John McCain. His past record shows that he is questionable and unstable on abortion and special rights for homosexuals. His reputation for being hard headed and not a team player could indicate that once he is elected he will do whatever he wants, and not seek to represent the majority of those who have voted for him.

    If John McCain wins the Republican nomination, I will not likely vote at all. The lesser of two evils is still evil, and I will not support it with my vote. If someone where to ask me which arm or eye I am willing to give up, I would reply that I am not willing to give up any as long as I have anything to do with it! Immigration, national security, tax reform, special rights for homosexuals, abortion, and the economy are all important to me.

    I believe the only hope for unifying the Republican Party at this point is Mike Huckabee, for whom I would vote. However, even with him I am concerned about how his proposed tax plans would affect low-income people who already pay little or no income tax.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  248. Annie

    Jack,

    They won't have a choice, and I love it. I'm a moderate liberal, and the road we were taking with the evangelical right in charge was scaring the hell out of me, from the first time I saw Ralph Reed interviewed. Hopefully we won't see them rise again.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  249. Nic Spaulding

    The Conservatives have no choice. The longer they drag out this fight, the more it becomes clear that their influence over American politics has diminished.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  250. Bruce St Paul MN

    The conservative money will rally behind McCain, the swiftboaters will make a comeback, because he is their only chance to keep the gravy train on track. They want to keep their tax cuts, their war profiteering, their personalized legislation, their firm grip on how our tax dollars are spent.
    Conservative voters are another story. They may not be easily led this time. The Christian right knows they never really got more than lip service from the last administration, and the average joe voters may have figured out that their party is not really representing them.
    Still, it's amazing what money and a little voter fraud can do. Plus the Supremes are still on their side if it comes to that.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  251. Dan B

    Dear Jack,
    As we here in the great state of Texas say, "not only no, but Hell no!!" McCain is a man who is still dining out on the" I was a POW story", and it's not playing well here. We have a primary here next month, and my family will not pull the lever then or in November for this mean-spirited old man. I have been a conservative since my first vote for Barry Goldwater, and will not vote for a candidate who is not a conservative, but who thought mumbling a few phrases at CPAC yesterday would get the great unwashed conservative masses behind him.
    Shame on this man, and shame on the citizens of AZ for keeping him in the Senate, when they could have sent one better. Maverick this, John!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  252. Nelson in NJ

    If they decide not to support McCain, then they should return the Republican Party to the business sector where it belongs. After all Jack, the business of America is Business, not religion. Then they should find a political party based upon religion. I understand Hamas and Hezbollah and always looking for some committed religious people.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  253. Jesse

    Rally around? No. Social and fiscal conservatives will be left out of this race sadly. As the general election moves closer, I see McCain speaking more and more to the center, irritating conservatives more and more because that's the only way he can get elected. Come election day, the people that will vote for John McCain are the independents and the "Anybody but Hillary" crowd. Fiscal conservatives such as myself will abstain so that Democrats will have to be the ones to bring socialism to America and maybe we can rebuild the party post-McCain.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  254. Rudy Smith

    Yes they will. As as the past seven years have shown, these people cannot think for themselves. They are like zombies, they must walk, march, and run in lock step with the GOP. Or be labeled as traitors. Leon, Vicksburg

    February 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  255. Jay

    Let closed-minded conservatives play the home team bet like the few remaining still do with Bush. Thankfully this time it doesn't matter. Because the ONLY good thing George Bush accomplished was to snap open-minded conservatives out of their home team mentality hypnosis and realize that it is more important to bamboozle Americans into another useless war than to determining who's religious beliefs the rest of America should follow.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  256. Cheryl

    John McCain has shown his true colors. He continually brings up his military career and won’t make a decision on anything that puts his candidacy in jeopardy.
    It was a sad day when the best man for the job left the race.
    Who do people vote for when most of the candidates are questionable at best?
    Margaret Thatcher did a superb job as Prime Minister of Great Britain. Maybe it's time for us to stop thinking about gender issues and vote for the best candidate. My vote goes to Hillary Clinton.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  257. L Mcgaughey

    I think the only reason McCain is not liked by this Conservative Group is because they can't control him. We think Tom Delay is an embarrassment to the Republican Party, umm wasn't he asked to leave the white house. After hearing all this conservative crap it's no wonder most of our youth registers as a Democrat. In fact I think all this conservative crap, is just that, crap. They formed a large group of has beens and wanna bees to embarrass this Party. Someone please stop the madness. We consider ourselves conservatives in our believes and no Tom Delay, Radio Host and Starlets who wrote a book is going to change our minds about Sen. McCain. We believe the man to be a man who truly loves American and will do a better job than anyone else.

    Conservative Republican
    L McGaughey

    February 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  258. Joanna

    My friends in Utah have told me that if McCain was the candidate they just wouldn't vote...

    I can't wait to see the election come November, if all the religious conservatives don't come out to vote...

    February 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  259. Brian - Boston, MA

    Well they very well better; if conservatives care anything about the ideals they are constantly professing than they need to be realists and do whe\atever is necessary to get those ideals instituted. Huckabee is a fundamentalist who appeals to a minority, while McCain has wider appeal than the Far RIght. He's pro-life and if the conservatives want to have a chance of overturning Roe v. Wade or at least stopping a NARAL endorsed Obama or CLinton, then they MUST rally. If they don't then they're either hypocrites/idealists. We need solidarity. Huckabee will not win against a democrat, and a democrat will not work to overturn Roe v Wade. McCain's the answer.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  260. BJ Smith

    Some will, some won't, my only hope is that the independents won't!

    BJ from Seminole, FL

    February 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  261. Christine from California

    Of course they will. Those radical old gas bags (Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Ingraham, Dobson, etc) have their noses out of joint because they fear they will not be so important and secretly realize that the mainstream of their party is larger than their flock of sheep/weasels. So, look for a big sea change when they've blown out all their gas.

    Christine
    Thousand Oaks Ca

    February 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  262. Colleen, Oneonta NY

    Jack, this November will be my first time voting in an election. I'm scared that McCain will win. I don't trust him... and I can't get past the fact that he is 71 years old. Honestly I think Huckabee has more to offer, and he's further away from Bush's views that he has some potential to pull this country back together.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  263. J. Stephens

    Jack,

    They will vote for Mr. Huckabee until he drops out of the race. After hearing how the Democrat canidate is a liberal, they will rally around Mr. McCain in the general election. Remember, it is the Latino vote that really will make the difference in the general election. Kinda ironic, since most of the conserviatives are against immagration reform that has a guest worker program attached.

    J.

    Texas!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  264. Kevin J. O'Brien, from SoCal

    The same way the Democrats will rally around either Hillary or Barack, no matter who wins.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  265. Caryn

    Jack,

    I am sick and tired of hearing news personalities say that McCain is our only choice even though he is not 'conservative.' Rush, Hannity and others gripe that there is no one running who will defend our liberties, reduce taxes, cut spending, and get government out of our lives. They describe Ron Paul's platform to a tee and even used direct quotes that have come from Dr. Paul. Yet they refuse to say his name and try to deceive Americans by indicating that Dr. Paul is not in this race anymore. Jack, I simply beg you to post this email so that America knows that McCain and Hillary/Obama are NOT our only choices. IF you do not want John McCain as our next president, you MUST vote Ron Paul.

    Thank you,
    Caryn in AZ

    February 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  266. bob sr

    Jack, do you think they can send a paddle or a shovel along with that stimulas. I need something to keep it all moving against the tide.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  267. Frank M.

    Convervatives will not rally for McCain because he is not a conservative. All he wants is to stay in Iraq & go into Iran. He knows NOTHING about the economy. How does he plan to pay for these wars? Did he get some magic beans from a stranger?

    P.S.
    Can CNN hire a fact checker? I'm getting sick & tired of seeing stories that McCain & Huckabee are the only republican candidates left running since Romney dropped out. My little niece is qualified for the position, she can count to three.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  268. John

    A GOP rally around the less than Conservative McCain is inevitable if the Democrats are daft enough to nominate Hillary – the functional equivilent of shaking the GOP beehive – thus creating a swarm of Conservative purpose not seen since Bill quit not-smoking cigars in the oval office.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  269. Jonathan Riggs

    This conservative sure won't. I will never vote for another RINO in my lifetime.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  270. Benji Rush

    Neoconservatives will endorse him by all means. However, true Republicans have to abide by the rule of law and truly represent their constituencies. Love him or hate him, Ron Paul is the only conservative candidate running for president right now. If he is elected, there would be no questions regarding what policies he might implement or how he may govern. That has been directed to him by Jefferson and Madison.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  271. Micha

    Conservatives Republicans will ultimately support McCain if they desire to win the election. I am amazed when Republicans say they may vote for Obama, who is a way to the left liberal, or Clinton, who in the past has been called a liberal and a socialist for her Health Care Plan. It only makes sense. Why wouldn't the conservatives show their support for McCain and risk breaking up the Republican Party and losing the election?

    Micha-
    Salem, Oregon

    February 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  272. Mark Leclerc

    Not today, not tomorrow, never. The media thinks it's "game over"; they crushed Ron Paul... HAHAHAHAHA on you, we won't be going away.

    We're also already busy organizing support to retake seats in Congress and the Senate... its "game over" for the elites and corporate suck ups.
    Be a man Cafferty, and join the Revolution!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  273. John Kerr

    If "conservatives" would translate to "common sense", then I think they will support McCain. I choose to mean "common sense" as a roll back of blatant secrecy, above the law, lack of transparency actions taken by Bushie/Chaney. Secrecy supports greed and lawlessness. I do not think conservatives want to throw our Constitution out with the bathwater and allow Blackwater to be our militant leaders.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  274. Mary Hinkely

    They will, or they will lose the election to the Democrats. It's a tough situation for them but let me see if I can muster up a little sympathy for them. Us liberals have been sucking it up for eight years now.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  275. Cole Lineweaver

    Seems to me that its still politics as usual.Veni Vedi Veci.Keep the wheels in motion.It is getting ugly out there.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  276. screamface

    McCain is too old.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  277. Ralph McDermott

    Hi Jack,

    I am an 80 year old republican.
    I have disliked the conservatives since the Goldwater days. They are a bunch of narrow minded backward thinking group. I truly believe they do not believe in the constitution. Most are very religious believing in a jewish god. Our founding fathers were trying to free us from kings and clerics. I hope they stay home and letr the rest of us vote.. The democratics are probably smiling at the talk show idiots.

    Thanks,
    Ralph McDermott

    February 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  278. Mitch Silvers of Atlanta

    McCain is not a Reagan Conservative, they will rally around him in the end or not
    vote in November ... This bodes well for the Democratic Nominee !!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  279. Peter

    Based on the options and alternatives yes they will. Unfortunately the other options would either be not to vote or go Democratic with the most honest candidate in the voters opionion.

    from New York

    February 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  280. JDMcCoy

    This conservative will not only rally around John McCain, but I was hoping he would run long before he announced.

    I have been a conservative since my teens (hoped Robert Taft would beat out Eisenhower for the nomination in 1952) but have supported every Republican nominee since. I may be a conservative, but I am also a realist. There has never been a politicin with whom I would agree 100%, nor do I expect there ever will be.

    But I know the presidency is not a dictatorship and nothing can be accomplished without workng with those on the other side of the aisle.

    I do believe John McCain posseses the leadership, integrity and moral principles the country needs and I am an enthsiastic supporter.

    JMcCoy,
    Lafayette, In

    February 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  281. Linda

    I am a conservative who will NEVER vote for John McCain. I support Ron Paul and will vote for him even if it means writing in his name. In our recent caucus in Minnesota, you wouldn't believe how many people stood up and said they liked Ron Paul best, but since they thought he couldn't win, they would vote for Romney to stop McCain! And now Romney's out anyway. Who knows where we would be if people would vote their conscience instead of jumping on the bandwagon! The only wasted vote is the one which is not cast!

    February 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  282. joe cee

    John Mccain is a born and bread war dog. If he thinks he's gonna stand a chance, he'll have to tone down his aggressive mind set. After all, he is looking to be hired by the american people, who are (for the majority) against this war, and looking to get out. joe cee va.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  283. John

    I think we all know true conservatives won't rally around John McCain. You know whats funny, try this-hit control and the f key at the same time. A search box will come up at the bottom left of the screen. Type in "paul." Ron Paul's name comes up more than 25 times!!! The message is being heard, the true conservatives are speaking out. They are tired of Bush (and anybody like him, cough*mcinsane*cough) and they want to restore the Republican party to its greatest. True conservatives realize that RON PAUL is the only way to do this and the only way to get this country back on track and out of this downfall.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  284. Donna, Scranton ,PA

    I can tell you in three words, Bush, Iraq,Economy... They dispise Bush, they are disillusioned and angry about his war and they are very worried about wether they will be able to get a job after taking on debt in the tens of thousands of dollars for college.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  285. Suzanne

    I think the answer to that question is the same as the answer to this one. "Will our Government REALLY enforce immigration laws and secure the borders?"

    February 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  286. Brian Reed

    Here is a bit of information that anyone who follows politics should know;
    from Funk & Wagnells Dictionary

    Conservative: 1. Adhering to the existing order of things; opposed to change or progress. 2. Conserving; preservative. 3. Moderate; cautious; within a safe margin; as, a conservative estimate or statement. noun; a conservative person.

    Liberal; 1. Possessing a free and generous heart; bountiful. 2. Appropriate or fitting for a broad and enlightened mind. 3. Free from narrowness, bigotry, or bondage to authority or creed. 4. Free by or from birth; hence, of high character; refined; independent.

    just thought your viewers might want to know what being one or the other actually means. Given the choice, what would you choose?

    February 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  287. Jerry

    Well at least all the people with white hair will rally around him. Must be somrthing in the "HAIR"

    Jerry
    Illinois

    February 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  288. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack republicans have no choice except, to gather around Sen. McCain. For me it boils down, to either Billery or Mad Man McCain. Both will embrace comprehensive immigration reform/amnesty against the will, of the American people, and end up costing the American tax payer a tremendous amount, of money.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  289. Carlos

    YES!!! neo-conservatives will. NUFF SAID!!!

    gracias mucho
    san antonio,TX

    February 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  290. Charles Littleton

    As a conservative, I would vote for any Repubican before I would live in a nation run by Hillary. What a disgrace. Do you know of any civilized nation on earth that elected the wife of a corrupt politician with no morals after he has served and she tolerated. Well, maybe Argentina in the 1940s with the Perons. That is disgraceful.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  291. Doug M

    I just read all these comments.... now I'm as grumpy as Jack.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm |