2008 GOP Candidate Observations

So I watched the GOP debate in South Carolina last night. Frankly I was getting bored with it to a certain extent until Giuliani came out of nowhere and made Ron Paul look like an out-of-touch unrealistic wacko. He called Paul’s theory that we had brought on 9/11 by our own foreign policy “absurd.” I wouldn’t be surprised if that little tidbit has already made its way to YouTube.

I’m not going to delve into Ron Paul’s ideology, although I do understand his line of thinking. I’m here to discuss who’s left in the race. Now if it were up to me, I’d cut the fat right now and knock everyone out except for Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Huckabee, and Brownback. Then I’d add in Fred Thompson and Michael Bloomberg just to make things interesting. Let’s face it: Gilmore, Hunter, Paul, Tancredo, and Tommy Thompson don’t stand a chance of a snowball in hell. They are wasting our time.

Fred Thompson must throw his hat into the ring immediately if he wants to stand any chance of winning. However, if he does NOT have any intention of running, he needs to make a statement indicating that and endorse somebody (like Romney). However, I will say that I am thoroughly enjoying his skirmish with Michael Moore.

John McCain is getting on my nerves. Even if he won the GOP nomination by a landslide, I think either Clinton or Obama could beat him. While his service in our military is admirable, he’s not the candidate we need…or want. He lacks charisma and he’s been such a “reaching-across-the-aisle” kind of guy that it’s hard to understand which side of the aisle he’s actually on.

Giuliani has by no means been my favorite, but last night’s little scuffle with Ron Paul made me warm up to him. He’s got spunk, that Rudy. Sure he’s probably more liberal than Arnold Schwarzenegger, his abortion stance seems a little wishy-washy, and his marital experiences seem to make Bill Clinton look like an ideal husband, but his leadership experience and overall likability may very well carry him to the nomination.

Brownback and Huckabee are both very intelligent and promising individuals. They’re right on the issues and they carry themselves fairly well. But Brownback’s mannerisms remind me of Al Gore and Huckabee bears a resemblance to Jim Nabors (a.k.a. Gomer from the Andy Griffith Show). I like them but they don’t really stand a chance in this race.

Mitt Romney remains my favorite. The cute little barbs with McCain last night were great. I quote: “My fear is that McCain-Kennedy would do to immigration what McCain-Feingold has done to campaign finance and money in politics — and that’s bad.” What can I say? He’s right. If conservatives across America will warm up to him instead of attack him, they will realize that he’s really the best candidate out there. NewsMax called him the “Reagan candidate,” and rightly so. But he must find a way to make his religion irrelevant to this race. If he can do that, as well as make voters look at his current stances rather than his past stances, he can still stand a chance in this race.

I’ll be honest; I’ll vote for any single one of these individuals over Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Husayn Obama. As far as tickets, I’d like to see any of the following: a Romney-Giuliani, a Romney-Rice, a Giuliani-Romney, a Giuliani-Rice, a Romney-Fred Thompson, or even a Romney-J.C. Watts. And yes, by Rice I mean Condoleezza Rice. One thing is for sure: it will be interesting to see how it all will unfold….

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4 Responses to 2008 GOP Candidate Observations

  1. Scott says:

    Don’t cut Hunter out yet. He carries the polls in the South. I like Romney-Rice and Romney-J.C. Watts. Where is J.C. Watts anyways?

  2. Isleib says:

    For what it’s worth, I watched Romney on TV when he debated Ted Kennedy for the Massachusetts senate race in 1994. Romney was actually the favorite heading into it, from what my 8-year-old self remembers…up until he was asked a question on abortion and gave a completely wishy-washy answer that lost his conservative voting bloc and fragmented everything so much that Kennedy won again.

    While I’m not convinced abortion issues are the only thing on which we should be voting – the President can’t overturn Roe v. Wade or, more importantly by now, Planned Parenthood v. casey – we probably shouldn’t have a candidate who looks good and then suddenly doesn’t.

  3. Braden says:

    You know, I looked up that debate on YouTube a month or so ago. I think now that he’s come out virtually full force against abortion with his “conversion,” he’s gotten past those days. I mean, Bill Clinton was practically booed at the DNC in 1988 but yet he got elected in 92. I’m hoping that 14 years will have seasoned Romney into a better candidate now than he was back then. He already won the governor’s seat in 2002, right? He’s a proven leader in business and in government and I think he’d do an excellent job with our country. But honestly, I think McCain’s a wishy-washy traitor to the RNC and Giuliani’s practically a social liberal. If I rule those two out, I’ve only got Romney and Fred Thompson. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

  4. Isleib says:

    If Romney has figured out what’s going on abortion wise, then yes, he’s a fantastic candidate. I mean, he almost ousted Tedders…that’s worth it right there.

    “Careful on the bridge!” – my dad in a crowd for all to hear when Ted Kennedy crossed the creaky Old North Bridge with his new wife, 1992.

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