Friday, September 01, 2006

What's wrong with McCain and Giuliani?

John Hawkins takes his shots:

Conservative Case Against Rudy GiulianiThe Conservative Case Against Rudy Giuliani
... Despite all of his charisma and the wonderful leadership he showed after 9/11, Rudy Giuliani is not a Reagan Republican. To the contrary, Giuliani is another Christie Todd Whitman, another Arlen Specter, another Olympia Snowe. He's a throwback to the "bad old days" before Reagan, when the GOP was run by moderate Country Club Republicans who considered conservatives to be extremists. Trying to revive that failed strategy again is likely to lead to a Democratic President in 2008 and numerous setbacks for the Republican Party.

Conservative Case Against John McCainThe Conservative Case Against John McCain
... That should give you a pretty good idea of what some of McCain's biggest flaws are, but what you've seen so far is by no means a comprehensive list. Keep in mind that McCain opposed Bush's attempt to protect marriage by enshrining it in the Constitution, committed adultery in his first marriage, attacked the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, endangered the lives of all Americans by handcuffing our military interrogators, had a meltdown over a boxing can go on and on like this.

The long and short of it is that John McCain is a deeply flawed candidate who's unlikely to capture the Republican nomination, unlikely to win the presidency, and is unlikely to be a good President even if he somehow makes it to the White House.
Hard to see how the DemNom won't be either Hil or Al. Money matters, and they've got barrels of it. Although I'd guess that Warner will emerge very strong.

So what do we do? Allen is done. Newt would be great, but could he overcome the baggage? Romney? For God's sake, don't even mention Frist. How about Jeb, just for fun. :) Can you imagine?

Serious Wishful thinking here.

More polls, polls, polls.

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