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May 02, 2005

But Can They Beat Hillary?

The social security and filibuster debates boring you to tears? How about a little banter on the 2008 election?

Jason at Antioch Road says: "Please Tell Me the Field Gets Better Than This."

David at Swiftly and With Style says “Run, Rudy, Run.” I love Rudy, but he's not conservative enough on social issues. As the campaign heats up it will be more than five years after 9-11. I don’t think America’s Mayor will be able to ride his performance in NYC all the way to the nomination. And he’ll get killed by the social conservatives. Remember McCain in South Carolina? Someone will hire Ralph Reed to make Guiliani look like Chuck Schumer in the South and he’ll be finished.

My favorite at the moment is Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. A Republican who is socially conservative, has a great GOP pedigree, and got elected in Massachusetts. He’s sharp, well spoken. I’ve been impressed with his leadership in recent months. He’d be popular with the evangelicals, but he isn’t one—-he’s Mormon. Watch his stock rise.

Posted by Jim at May 2, 2005 09:02 AM

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I'm still for McCain:

He's strong on national security, the most conservative of the bunch when it comes to controlling federal spending, where he needs to be on social issues, and possesses the ability to talk with those on the other side of the aisle.

I like his rationality and statesmanship.

Posted by: Mark at May 2, 2005 09:41 AM

By the way: The only Republican who couldn't beat Hillary Clinton, in my estimation, is Newt Gingrich.

Posted by: Mark at May 2, 2005 09:42 AM

I am savoring the delicious irony of the thought of electing a president from Massachusetts who is a Republican. I would only hope that the TV cameras repeatedly capture the expressions of Kerry and Kennedy during the inauguration.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at May 2, 2005 01:12 PM

The evangelical base will never go for a Mormon. And McCain? Please.

Posted by: Matt at May 2, 2005 01:35 PM

I rather hope Romney doesn't run, because I don't relish the though of some of the religious bigotry that will get aired.

McCain-Feingold is enough reason for me to never support McCain for any public office.

Posted by: Kent at May 2, 2005 02:29 PM

As a Libertarian, I used to vote for Republicans because I thought they were more closely aligned with libertarian values. But this past year Republicans have been scaring the living daylights out of me. They've proven to me and my fellow small business owners that the are fiscally out of control (allowing the dollor to be devalued while our own exports are decreasing at an exponential rate is the worst economic policy ever.)

And don't even get me started on the social issues. People need to mind their own business, and we'd be a lot better off. History proves that when religion dominates government, government becomes intrusive. The whole reason religion has thrived in this country is exactly because of separation of church and state. The government has stayed out of religion which has allowed people to practice whatever they subscribe to freely and openly.

Sorry, you guys lost my vote when you smeared John McCain in the most heinous way. Sure politics is dirty, but not that dirty. That was disgusting. McCain would have made a great president, and I'm certain we wouldn't be in the dismal economic environment we currently are in.

Posted by: small business owner at May 2, 2005 03:01 PM

Small Business Owner wrote: Sorry, you guys lost my vote when you smeared John McCain in the most heinous way. Sure politics is dirty, but not that dirty.

Who do you mean by "you guys?"

Posted by: Jim Jewell at May 2, 2005 03:35 PM

S.B.O. Would this be the John McCain who never met a restriction of free speech he didn't like? The one who is upset that the FEC didn't go far enough in curbing political activity of citizens in the last election? The one who has proposed more legislation to further compel the FEC limit political speech?

I'd like to se him voted out of the senate and would most strenuously oppose him if he ran for president again.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at May 2, 2005 04:21 PM

My favorite at the moment is Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. A Republican who is socially conservative

Is he? Others are saying he is pro-choice.

Posted by: Jason at May 3, 2005 01:27 PM

A Libertarian (Capital 'L') that says he loves McCain? McCain has good points and bad (like us all, I guess), but he's NOT a libertarian, small 'l' or capital 'L'. He's a populist (read - not based on priciple). I'd think most Libertarians would find a populist more distasteful than an honest socialist.

Posted by: bruce at May 3, 2005 06:31 PM