Rick Moran has written John McCain’s Conservative Political Action Conference speech for him.
There are varying degrees of conservatism. Iâ€™m from the â€œMaverick Conservativeâ€ wing of the party. This is the wing of conservatism that believes anything the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the news nets will praise me for is probably conservative enough. If itâ€™s not, tough. If you think Iâ€™m going to change my position on an issue and get the media upset with me, youâ€™re dreaming.
The Maverick Conservative wing of the party â€“ both of us â€“ want to be clear that we support many of the same issues that you â€œmovementâ€ conservatives support. All we ask is that you ignore us when we thumb our noses at you. You canâ€™t expect us to maintain our status as â€œMavericksâ€ with the media without deliberately undercutting your agenda while hinting what barbarians you truly are. Therefore, I ask that you simply accept us for who we are.
And calling us â€œself aggrandizing media whores who care more for pleasing our liberal friends than in working to enact conservative legislationâ€ may be accurate but please â€“ keep it to yourselves.
We can do great things together â€“ as long as you just shut up and vote for me. After all, if itâ€™s between me and Hillary, are you really going to let the Democrats win in November by staying at home? (Try not to look too smug.)
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