Two of my favorite local center-right bloggers – Jeff Kouba and Jay Reding – write posts I’d like to have written myself.
Obama, to his credit, does signal a break from the Clintonite school of politics which have corrupted American politics for years now. The “campaign war room” and the politics of personal destruction that marked the Clinton years hardly helped America’s politics. Getting rid of that would be a step in the right direction.
And Obama as “The New Carter”…
The problem with Obama is that he’s winning on some vague notion of “change”—while doing little to describe what direction he’d take the country. Obama would be a formidable challenge for the GOP, but ultimately he doesn’t have the executive experience needed to be a successful President. He also votes like a doctrinaire liberal, which undercuts his ability to reach across party lines. He would do better than Edwards, but in the end his appeal is largely skin deep.
Place your bets…:
The worst case scenario is an Edwards/Huckabee match, in which case I’ll say to hell with it and end up voting for Ron Paul just out of spite for such big government paternalists. Ideally, I’d like to see an Obama/Thompson contest—Obama’s idealism is a nice contrast to the general pessimism of the Democratic Party, and Fred Thompson has the strongest grasp of policy. An Obama/McCain race would also be interesting for much the same reason.
I’ll differ from Jay here: the worst case is an Obama/Hucker match; the media has carefully groomed Huckabee as America’s Second Choice against any Democrat, and the’ll call that marker in in spades. And I’m nowhere near ready to count Rudy out of this. But I agree; Thompson’s surge makes me want to hope “he’s just been pacing himself for the past six month”.
And then there’s McCain; as I noted a few weeks ago, he’s so close to being acceptable.
Cut Speech Rationing loose, JMac, and you could get yourself a supporter. Have your people call my people.
This is why I think McCain will now be the likely nominee, because Republican voters will still value a strong candidate on national defense. On the Democratic side, we’ve already seen they want an American defeat in Iraq, and so Obama is perfectly acceptable on that count.
However, let’s not assume history has ended just because the surge in Iraq has produced encouraging results. Think back just a year ago, at the end of 2006 Iraq was in danger of sliding into the abyss. This election was supposed to be all about Iraq. Now it’s gone from the headlines.
We can’t allow ourselves to be fatigued. Our enemies still plot and scheme. We must resolve, as Churchill said,
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
Yesterday was Dunkirk for conservatives – and supporting Mike Huckabee and Ray “26 out of 100” Cox and, really, any RINO (you hear me, CD3GOP?) is the march to the Dyle).
Will we have D-Day in October?