From National Review, Mark Levin makes his plea to conservatives to rally around Romney or more specifically to rally against McCain. It’s really amazing to seethe conservative base come to this moment. It’s do or die now for Romney. If he doesn’t make ground next Tuesday, A McCain nomination will be secured and the Conservative movement could be forever put in the back seat of Washington politics.
Here’s what Levin, a very influential conservative, talk radio host and blogger had to say today:
As for McCain “the straight-talker,” how can anyone explain his abrupt about-face on two of his signature issues: immigration and tax cuts? As everyone knows,
- McCain led the battle not once but twice against the border-security-first approach to illegal immigration as co-author of the McCain-Kennedy bill.
- He disparaged the motives of the millions of people who objected to his legislation.
- He fought all amendments that would limit the general amnesty provisions of the bill. This controversy raged for weeks.
- Only now he says he’s gotten the message. Yet, when asked last night if he would sign the McCain-Kennedy bill as president, he dissembles, arguing that it’s a hypothetical question.
- Last Sunday on Meet the Press, he said he would sign the bill.
There’s nothing straight about this talk. Now, I understand that politicians tap dance during the course of a campaign, but this was a defining moment for McCain. And another defining moment was his very public opposition to the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. He was the media’s favorite Republican in opposition to Bush. At the time his primary reason for opposing the cuts was because they favored the rich (and, by the way, they did not). Now he says he opposed them because they weren’t accompanied by spending cuts. That’s simply not correct.Even worse than denying his own record, McCain is flatly lying about Romney’s position on Iraq. As has been discussed for nearly a week now, Romney did not support a specific date to withdraw our forces from Iraq. The evidence is irrefutable. And it’s also irrefutable that McCain is abusing the English language (Romney’s statements) the way Bill Clinton did in front of a grand jury.
The problem is that once called on it by everyone from the New York Times to me, he obstinately refuses to admit the truth. So, last night, he lied about it again. This isn’t open to interpretation. But it does give us a window into who he is.