With big thanks to Sweetness & Light.
McCain is the front runner, but he’s not won yet. America’s Mayor has endorsed him after ending his own bid to become America’s President. The Governator is expected to endorse him as early as today. (Politico)
McCain will be a “hold-your-nose-and-vote” nominee because even he will be preferable to any alternative.
It is telling that, following exit polls, we know that liberals and moderates voted for McCain in Florida, while conservatives voted for Romney.
Speaking of Romney, he has some tough choices to make: Will he write the big check?
Huckabee needs to get his personal vendetta against Romney out of his eyes, drop out of the race, and endorse the one man who will support a real conservative agenda who still has a chance of winning.
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Back to Romney, and Hugh Hewitt. Ace of Spades apologizes for not getting it right…
I can’t keep knocking Hewitt for being a bit overly enthusiastic about being, ultimately, right. If some of us had seen the lay of the land as well as Hewitt and supported Romney as the best realistic consensus conservative candidate, we might not be in the position we’re in now.
…and endorses Romney.
Jay, do you truly think the media darling candidate is your candidate? Come on, you’re better than that. I know it.
And Orson Scott Card thinks religion may play a bigger part of this than we realize:
After the Iowa caucuses, an African-American friend of mine from Los Angeles wrote to me, scoffing at the idea that Obama’s victory there meant that a black man could now be elected president.
I thought he was too pessimistic. But then came Hillary’s “comeback” in New Hampshire.
I keep hearing about how the pollsters “got it so wrong” and how Hillary’s victory came from the Democratic regulars getting out the vote for her.
And Mitt Romney’s defeat was also laid at the feet of many causes, none of which sounded particularly solid to me. Yes, McCain is something of a “favorite son” in New Hampshire now. But he also has another “virtue” that Romney and Huckabee both lacked: He’s not openly religious.
I suspect that racial and religious prejudice are both playing more of a role than anyone is willing to admit.
Read Card’s latest WorldWatch.
Has anyone stopped to think that if McCain gets the GOP nod, there will come a time when the party has to draft a platform with an obstinate, if not defiant, McCain – an often angry man with a history of holding conservatives in disdain?
We need speeches like this more often. Bob Corker, Senator from Tennessee, in debate on the tax rebate checks said:
“What I see in this package is nothing but a political stimulus,” said Corker. “It’s a stimulus to make the American people think that we, as a body, are doing something to actually cause the economy to be stronger.”
My chief argument against this package is that it is not tied to taxation. Those who pay no taxes will get as much as those who pay taxes. That is wrong.
This will tie economic stimulus and government largess together irrevocably. Government is a burden. A necessary burden, but a burden nonetheless. The way the government to affect the economy meaningfully is to lighten itself, not to quixotically throw money back to us who were compelled to surrender it to them in the first place. That is adding insult to injury.
Back to Romney. American Thinker asks why the other candidates hate Governor Romney. Some of the answers:
- He can win
- He isn’t beholden to special interest groups
- He believes America’s best days are ahead of it
And once more, from the American Thinker: What does that ACU score really mean for McCain?
So where did McCain differ from the ACU? The big areas were taxes, campaign finance reform, the environment and, most recently, immigration. There was also a smattering of support for trial lawyers; federal intervention in health, education, safety or voting issues; internationalism; and some social issues.