Narrowing the Field of Candidates
by Barrett Tillman
With the departure of Fred Thompson
, the GOP field took a predictable left turn. Since Bush 41
, it's been clear that Republicans do not want genuine conservatives--an astonishing development considering that the party continues invoking Reagan's
name. Look at who's left:
- McCain: He's a "maverick" to the media whenever he opposes conservative positions (freedom of expression, self protection, immigration issues, etc.) People ignore that he was the only GOPer in the Keating Five fiasco, and his finance legislation with Feingold drew support of EVERY liberal Dem--no matter that portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
His naval background is touted but it's largely irrelevant, considering the multi-generational rifle fight we're engaged in. Recall that Lincoln, Wilson and FDR had no military service.
Besides that, at 72 McCain IS too old. The median age for 20th century presidents at inauguration was 54. Only two were over 60 (excluding Ford who was not elected.) The presidents who died in office of natural causes were 4 and 9 years younger than McCain is now.
- Romney is Democrat Lite. He was acceptable to a majority of the same people who consistently send Kennedy and Kerry to the Senate. (Reportedly when he left office his state had the highest unemployment rate in the country.) And pay attention to his Michigan victory speech: basically "We're gonna take care of you." Nothing about war, immigration, or cultural issues. He could have read from a Hubert Humphrey address in 1968.
- Ron Paul is still the real deal: a no-kidding fiscal and cultural conservative who therefore hasn't a ghost of a chance. But the fact that he continues drawing significant contributions proves his appeal with grass roots Republicans and independents.
- That leaves Mike Huckabee, a neoconservative (soft on illegal immigration and fiscal issues) who nonetheless will be the party's choice if it wants to present an electable contrast to the opposition.
It remains to be seen whether the GOP is willing to play hardball, but the election will not be won playing nicey-nice with
- Hillary, author of the disastrous national health care proposal and soiled with the taint of Bill's administration, or
- the demonstrably unqualified Obama, who does not even bother placing his hand over his heart during the national anthem.
could get away with that--
likely will let them.
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