Reports today indicate that John McCain holds a 5-point lead on Barack Obama in one national poll, which is encouraging news even among those who may feel that a vote for McCain isn’t much more than a vote against Obama. However, less encouraging is the report that former GOP-frontrunner Rudy Guiliani, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-California), and Sen. Joe Lieberman will be key-note speakers at the Republican National Convention.

In Guiliani you have a man who is considered liberal-to-controversial on issues such as affirmative action, gay rights, gun control, abortion and tax credits. In Schwarzenegger you have a political moderate who affirms California’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage, a man with a questionable sexual history that remains under a cloud of suspicion, is pro-choice, and opposes the Bush legislation regarding stem-cell research (as does McCain). While Lieberman is about as conservative of a liberal as you can find, it remains that he isn’t the kind of man who will unite across party lines. Furthemore, he too is pro-choice.

While the positions of these men on these issues doesn’t necessarily have to be consistent with all conservatives, the issues they differ on are very important to conservatives. You might even say that issues such as gay marriage and abortion define, to some degree, the platform of the Republican party, along with economic issues. I certainly understand the need and desire for the McCain camp to distance themselves from George Bush and his presidential policies in an effort to asauge voters and instill confidence that a vote for McCain isn’t a vote for another Bush presidency, but it doesn’t seem wise to line-up your podiums with keynote speakers who are more moderate than they are conservative when the goal is to make McCain look more conservative than he is moderate.

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