Monday, October 27, 2008

It's a good cat so long as it catches mice

Via Clint Schaff, we have a list of Republicans endorsing Obama. What I find interesting but not surprising is that most of these people are not social conservatives. They are fiscal conservatives or conservatives whose primary focus is military/defense. Former Senator Lincoln Chafee probably has the best quote to represent the entire group:
As I look at the candidates in order who to vote for, certainly my kind of conservatism was reflected with Senator Obama, and those points are that we’re fiscally conservative, we care about revenues matching expenditures, we also care about the environment, I think it’s a traditional conservative value to care about clean air and clean water.
Toss in guys like Michael Smerconish, who explained,
Barack Obama is correct in saying the front line in that battle is not Iraq, it’s the Afghan-Pakistan border. [...] No one in Iraq caused the death of 3,000 Americans on 9/11. Our invasion was based on a false predicate, so we have no business being there, regardless of whether the surge is working. Our focus must be the tribal-ruled FATA region in Pakistan. Only recently has our military engaged al-Qaeda there in operations that mirror those Obama was ridiculed for recommending in August 2007.
Ignoring whether some of these conservatives supported George W. Bush or any of his failed policies, the fact of the matter is that the Republican party is dividing at a time when the Democratic party is finally unifying. And hey, the Democrats, once in office, might even manage to be effective. If that small miracle should happen, then you're looking at a GOP that will really be divided as its adherents try to figure out how to best fix the party.

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