Surging in the polls, McCain has become the front runner in the Republican field (God help us all). I’ve talked about the notion of “change” before in this election and how unbelievably absurd it is to think that McCain is going to change anything. The man wore the same sweater on primary day in New Hampshire this year that he did in 2000, for crying out loud.

Conservatives and libertarians alike should be frightened of McCain’s record. Here’s a sampling (from Mark Levin of the National Review):

McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.

McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.

McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.

McCain-Reimportation of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety

It’s odd – McCain’s like a pro-life, anti-gay marriage version of Giuliani. And “conservatives” are flocking to him like ants to a picnic. Why? Because they think he can beat Hillary? Please.

I’ve said it before (in reference to Giuliani): you can’t beat the Democrats with a candidate that looks strangely like a Democrat. You’re taking the worst of the Republican party (ties to corporate greed and special interests; empire-building) and meshing it with the worst of the Democrats (big spending, over-reaching legislation, elimination of personal freedoms) – and you somehow think this is better than what your average, every-day Democrat has to offer?

My hope is that people wake up and smell a rat. History, however, indicates that the American public isn’t quite as bright as I’d like them to be.