Doug Englekirk speaks for Conservatives

“Enthusiasm gap” takes center stage

During a town hall meeting in Sparks, Nevada, GOP presidential candidate John McCain was peppered with questions by Doug Englekirk, a 46-year-old contractor and self-identified skeptical Conservative voter.

Read the no-holds-barred exchange here.

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11 Responses to Doug Englekirk speaks for Conservatives

  1. Ajo Joe says:

    We’ve got a new hero in Doug Englekirk! A fearless man can make us all proud.

  2. Sara says:

    Doug is my kind’a guy! I find courage very appealing.

  3. Jack says:

    Staying on topic and saying what needs to be said puts this fellow head and shoulders above most. Too many people talk big but can’t seem to withstand the pressure of actually following through. Doug will certanky get his 15 minutes of fame for his blunt statements. Actually he should get much more. I hope he gets a shot on O’Reilly, Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity and our own J. D. Hayworth.

  4. Stanford says:

    We need more Republican voters to step up to the plate and ask the tough questions in these forums. Meekness is what brought us to this point in the first place. If John McCain hears from the angry Republicans who feel he has betrayed us, it has the potential to do more than any grousing with our friends on a Saturday night. We have been taken for granted because he feels we have no where to go. He’s wrong, We can vote for Barr or not vote for the top of the ticket.

  5. Jason says:

    Exactly, Stanford!
    Each time an exchange like this is picked up by the media, the potential for him addressing us increases. I have learned not to expect much from John McCain other than amnesty along with a guest worker program, and other destablizing schemes. There is damn little coming from him that I, as a solid active Republican, desire for my country.

  6. Vince says:

    I seriously doubt that McCain will ever give conservatives any real consideration. He’s big with lip servie, but his actions speak much louder. He told this Nevada audience that he supports stem cell research. So much for his pro-life credentials. He did not specify whether he was referring to adult or embryonic stem cells. A true pro-lifer would make that distinction without fail.

  7. Charlie Conservative says:

    You are absolutely correct Vince. That is how you can tell McCain is lying; his lips are moving. He uses the deceit of the liberal class. He hides his embryonic stem cell preference by saying he is in favor of stem cell research.

    He gets away with it because the MSM is his willing accomplice. And the Pro-lifers let him get away with it because they want to believe he is a committed Pro-life candidate when all he is committed to is John McCain.

    So it is with illegal immigration…..he gets it now……secure the border……but comprehensive immigration reform will be his top priority.

    And so it is with all the issues. McCain comes down solidly on both sides. The only thing he is an expert at is double talk. The idiot has been browsing on loco weed.

  8. Vince says:

    I agree with what you say, Charlie. That makes us both brilliant! Seriously, I do have one question about McCain:
    How in the world does he rate the endorsement of Arizona Right to Life?

    Have you seen this?


  9. Charlie Conservative says:

    No I had not seen it, Vince. His duplicity sickens me. As far as Az Right to Life is concerned, I believe they are picking the least offensive of two offensive choices. Obama is telling them the truth, McCain is lying to them. They believe the liar. What other choice do they have?

  10. Many of us liberals believe in fact that a McCain presidency with a Democratic Congress will be more progressive than was a Clinton presidency with a Republican Congress. Like Clinton, McCain will “triangulate” – and he has years of experience in working with liberals like Ted Kennedy and Russ Feingold. There is a stream of thought in liberal circles that though Obama would, of course, be a much more liberal president, McCain would probably be the most liberal Republican president in 100 years, since Theodore Roosevelt in the Progressive era left the White House in March 1909.

    If President Bush, much more conservative than McCain, could put together and pass the largest new government entitlement program since the 1960s — covering drug prescriptions under Medicare — imagine what policies McCain and a Democratic Congress could do without significant opposition from the right. If Clinton and the Democrats had tried to do that in his first two years in office, the Republican opposition would have stopped it just as they did his more general health care program.

    A Republican president will be able to dismantle the conservative paradigm of the last 30 years faster than a Democratic president — which is why, though you will hear liberals calling McCain every bad name under the sun, losing the Presidency to the Republicans this year will not be the disaster it was for liberals as were 1980, 1984, 2000 and 2004.

  11. RA says:

    In today’s (7/31) Wall Street Journal, there’s a good column by Daniel Henninger titled “Is John McCain Stupid?” The editorial goes a long way (but not far enough) toward explaining the deep unease many conservatives feel about McCain’s candidacy.

    Among other things, the column mentions McCain’s recent inconsistencies on his tax policies ( “Everything has to be on the table,” said on national television, no less! ) Is this someone who will put bipartisan cooperation ahead of sound economic policy? Sounds an awful lot like, “Read my lips: new taxes aplenty.”

    Also galling are McCain’s recent comments supporting assertions on alternative energy by Al Gore, ( “If the vice-president says it’s doable, I believe it’s doable,” a remark that might have been more appropriately said of Bill Clinton and his social calendar than the ‘inventor of the Internet’ ) and Nancy Pelosi, whom he lauded as “an inspiration to millions of Americans.” If McCain isn’t a press agent for the Democrats, does he have a prescription for what he’s smoking?

    Missing from the column are McCain’s public ambiguities on illegal immigration and border security, and greater coverage of his bizarre advocacy of “environmentalist” agendas.