February 5, 2007
Real GOP Nominee Please Stand Up?
as the 2008 presidential election is concerned, it is not too bad to be
a Democrat right now. No matter what flavor of liberal you are, there
will be a candidate who will at least moderately satisfy you in the
primaries. And in many cases, it is a candidate who stands a respectable
chance to win in November 2008 as well.
popular among Democrats are Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama,
satisfying their constituencies’ diversity fantasies. Obama is the
perfect choice for those looking for a young, intelligent, energetic
liberal (overlooking, of course, the vast insecurities about his
religious and partially white background). This is not to mention
Obama’s unique status as a “clean” African-American, in the words of yet
another solid Democratic candidate, Sen. Joe Biden.
Hillary is there for the peaceniks and the radical feminists who are
smart enough to support a candidate who for two years will pretend to be
a hawk “under the right circumstances” and a Christian respecting
traditional values. Then you have former Sen. John Edwards, running
exclusively on his extensive six years in government and his pretty
Because this field is apparently not sufficiently liberal, Congressman
Dennis Kucinich is running to proudly catapult the debate to the left,
potentially along with the inarticulate, dim and unclean Al Sharpton.
(Why won’t Senator Biden get out of my head?). Sen. Christopher Dodd,
Gov. Bill Richardson and former Gov. Tom Vilsak are running for the more
reasonable Democratic voters, most probably to be soon dragged by the
others into a debate over who wants to withdraw the troops first and who
can universalize health care the fastest.
this all-star lineup, however disturbing to the average Republican, the
Democrats are not short on – at the very least – decent choices. They
have a variety of candidates who both share a liberal view of the world
and are good at hiding it until they land in the White House. The Grand
Old Party, unfortunately, is not doing so well with its candidates.
but… we have John McCain,” some might argue. That’s true, but how is it
good? A member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, the umbrella
organization for Republicans who could easily get elected as Democrats,
McCain has been enough of a maverick to raise serious questions about
his allegiance to conservative principles.
a fan of amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, an outspoken opponent
of the tax cuts that are currently energizing our economy and a big help
to Senate Democrats in retaining their ability to filibuster President
Bush’s judicial nominees, McCain has done a fantastic job pushing away
both social and fiscal conservatives. The senator can only proudly wave
his foreign policy flag to Republicans, though it remains doubtful that
his solid position on the war would make up for his vast deficiencies
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is, for all intents and purposes, a
waste of resources. He will cost Republican donors significant money
both to support his dead-end campaign and to oppose him through other
candidates. The fact that he sincerely believes he can become the
Republican nominee as a social liberal is enough to question his
political and analytical abilities.
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the last of the GOP’s “Big Three” who
both claims to “stand up” for conservatives and can subsequently proceed
to win the general election. Though Republicans might be able to look
beyond his Mormon faith and his relative inexperience in government,
Romney’s problem is that, well, he “converts” a lot. Being unstable on
social issues, he will most probably spend his campaign fighting
flip-flop allegations akin to those that helped to sink John Kerry in
While McCain, Giuliani, and Romney have poor
records on many issues important to conservatives, they at least have an
excellent chance at winning the general election. Our actual
conservatives, on the other hand, are a bit more uncertain on that
front. Take Sen. Sam Brownback and Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Tom
Tancredo, who will be fighting an uphill battle that will do little more
than shift the debate to the right – something the Big Three will
already be trying to do.
Others, such as Sen. Chuck Hagel, have catered to Democrats so much, and
sunk so low in the eyes of Republicans, that they would be lucky if
they’re not physically thrown off a primary debate panel. Others still
are too big on government (former Gov. Mike Huckabee), too libertarian
(Congressman Ron Paul), relatively unknown (former Governors Jim Gilmore
and Tommy Thomspon), or simply won’t announce their candidacy when they
really should (former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich).
the list. No Hillaries, no Obamas, no one who truly excites his
ideological base while at the same time appealing to independents. Where
are they? Where are Newt, Jeb Bush, and Michael Steele? Will one of them
please stand up?
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