Weigel : John McCain Worries About Defense Cuts, "Protectionism and Isolationism" in GOP Well the so-called "free trade" agreements are never free trade agreements so McCain doesn't need to worry about any protectionists other than himself. As for isolationism, that's simply a smear word used to deride those who don't support endless wars that don't make any sense. He then wants to talk about cutting earmarks as if that alone is going to balance the budget. I've got news for McCain, it's not possible to balance the budget unless you look at our foreign policy. Earmarks are not even close to the biggest problem regarding our debt.