Have you noticed that there is a lot of buzz surrounding Democrats who are running for President in 2008, but not much for the Republicans? One of the reasons for this uneven coverage is certainly that the Democrats are coming out early. But another reason is that conservatives are frankly not going ga-ga over any of the Republican contenders.
A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal reflects the current Republican malaise: “Now is the season of Republican discontent, extending even to the party’s Presidential candidates. For the first time in decades, no dominant candidate has emerged and GOP voters seem to be in a Missouri state of mind: Show us what you really believe. We know exactly how they feel” (source).
I second that emotion. I’m not swooning over any of the candidates right now, not even the handsome Mitt Romney. At a recent meeting put on by the Family Research Council, Romney dazzled the conservative throngs. The response was very surprising to me, given Romney’s recent flip-flop on abortion. Forgive me if I’m skeptical about a guy who switches from a pro-choice to a pro-life position just in time to run for the GOP nomination. I may be proved wrong about Romney. Nevertheless, I haven’t been able to drink the Romney kool-aid yet.
Rudy Giuliani is pro-choice and pro-homosexual “marriage.” As soon as this fact sinks in with Republican primary voters, Giuliani will be over. Don’t hold your breath for Giuliani. He’s going nowhere, despite the hype from Peggy Noonan.
There is only one other serious contender, and that man is Senator John McCain. Right now, McCain has the best shot at winning the nomination. He has a fairly solid pro-life voting record, but he has so alienated conservatives by his support for campaign finance reform that it is hard to imagine how the base will get very excited about him.
The strongest pro-life candidate is Senator Sam Brownback, but he is polling very low and is still not considered a serious contender for the nomination.
People keep asking me who I like for 2008, but I still don’t have an answer to that question. Anyone I would want does not have a plausible chance of winning. This time last year, I was hoping for a Rick Santorum candidacy. My, how things have changed since then. Until things change some more, I remain uncommitted.
“A year ago, few could have predicted that the three front-runners for the Republican presidential nomination would be a U.S. senator who favors embryonic stem cell research and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a governor who twice campaigned on defending abortion rights, and a former mayor who not only supports gay rights but moved in with a gay couple — and their pet Shih Tzu — after the breakup of his second marriage. But after the Republicans’ midterm losses, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani have emerged as their party’s presidential favorites.” â€“NBC News