Will John McCain divide the Republican Party?

Nzpudding asked an interesting question this week in the forum, “are Conservatives a dying breed?” I do not think that conservatives are a dying breed, we just need to do some house cleaning. Peggy Noonan this week in her column and also in an interview with Laura Ingram on the O’Reilly Factory, in so many words stated that conservatives need to sacrifice in order to realign.

This is an excerpt from her latest column

“On the pundit civil wars, Rush Limbaugh declared on the radio this week, “I’m here to tell you, if either of these two guys [Mr. McCain or Mike Huckabee] get the nomination, it’s going to destroy the Republican Party. It’s going to change it forever, be the end of it!”

This is absurd. George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues.

Were there other causes? Yes, of course. But there was an immediate and essential cause.
And this needs saying, because if you don’t know what broke the elephant you can’t put it together again. The party cannot re-find itself if it can’t trace back the moment at which it became lost. It cannot heal an illness whose origin is kept obscure.”

Wow, there written on the page were the words that I have been afraid to mutter and to ashamed to admit. If George W. Bush was not elected in 2000 would the conservative party be stronger. Certainly it must. Would we have the internal chaos that plagues are party and continues to divide us while the democrats watch us unravel like a poorly knitted sweater? After reading her latest column in The Wall street Journal, I’m left with so many questions, but one overrides all of them. Could it be that we conservatives need to worry about our own party and sit this one out? Is it time to hand the rains over to democrats for the next four years so that we can fix our party structurally from with in?

I have a theory, yes it is a bit out there but what am I to think when Rush Limbaugh announces that the first time in his life he does not know if he will be able to vote for a GOP candidate? The theory is this: will the conservatives of the Republican Party float a third party candidate? I would never image not voting on Election Day. As long as there is a God in Heaven I will never vote for a democrat. So what’s one to do? Will conservatives be content with a Vice President such as Fred Thompson?

Update

Have you seen the article out today that John McCain had serious thoughts back 2001 to switching parties, from republican to a Democrat. He spoke with Tom Daschle the former senator and minority leader of the senate. “Democrats had contacted Jeffords and then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) in the early months of 2001 about switching parties, but in McCain’s case, they said, it was McCain’s top strategist who came to them.” You see I’m not crazy when I say he does NOT stand for Republican values. He all but jumped ship. That’s Traitor territory.

I say good riddance.