Over at The Oath, we have an email discussion posted of his debate with a friend over whether to support John McCain. I have to agree with The Oath. No, thank you. As I have in private discussions many times, let me make the analogy of McCain and neoconservatism to "New Coke" circa 1984-85. For years, good ol' Coke (Goldwater conservatism) had been serving the nation and the Republican party well. Freedom, less government, lower taxes, personal responsibility. But about 25-30 years ago, here come Wolfowitz, Kristol the Elder and Younger, Richard Perle and the like, Democrats all, fleeing that party and joining the GOP.
They bring with them New Coke (neoconservatism/big government conservatism), which they claim is new and different and better and more advanced than the old Coke. In reality, its syrupy sweetness likens it more to Pepsi (the Democratic party) than any type of Coke. In the face of public uproar, at first the exponents of New Coke continue to insist, against all evidence, that the new formula is superior, even taking an increasingly insulting tone. After a sustained period of outrage and dropping sales (McCain 2008), the switch is made back to the old Coke ("Coke Classic.")
One hopes the GOP takes a lesson from this after the impending rout, and returns to real conservatism.