I'm surprised that some conservatives are defending Senator John McCain's decision to appear in what Drudge is calling a "raunchy boob-fest". Susan Estrich is right to point out McCain's earlier advocacy for cleaner movies and question the Senator's judgement. I watch R-rated movies, so I'm not necessarily angered by his participation in this one (though I have little desire to see Wedding Crashers). What irks me is the obvious hypocrisy. One of the primary things rightists like to nail leftists for is saying one thing and doing another -- form over substance -- so I resent such a prominent rightist politician giving ammunition to the opposition.
Steve from Disaster, Love, Vengeance and Dust says that a stint at the Hanoi Hilton entitles one to "hang out with your wang out as you see fit", but again, that's not the point. The point is that words and deeds should be consistent.
Art Green at Conservative Eyes dismisses the cameo and hypocrisy as not "something people will look towards when choosing someone for President". In my experience, people who lie and are insincere about little things will lie and be insincere about big things. We'd be smart to learn about a candidate before he has opportunities to make bigger mistakes as President.
I think Stu at Red State Rant best captures my own opinion. He points out that many conservatives already question McCain.
Ms Estrich ends with the statement ,"In the end, what may be at issue is not whether conservatives share McCain's sense of humor but whether they come to question his judgment." Don't get me wrong. There are plenty of things I like and respect about Senator McCain and find his life story fascinating and inspriring. In fact I think we probably share the same sense of humor. But even with that, what I think Ms Estrich fails to realize is that I, and many other conservatives, already began questioning his judgement and conservative credentials many years ago. Pity.
True enough, and I doubt the Senator from Arizona will ever get the Republican nomination for the Presidency. McCain is a "maverick" in the same way as Howard Dean (though to a lesser degree). He speaks to a certain niche of supporters, but can't appeal to the party as a whole. He could possibly win an election against Hillary, but he won't get the chance to try.