Friday, February 08, 2008

Someone Had To Win

As if there was any question, it's now over. McCain will be the Republican nominee.

I still think he's a weak candidate. There's his age, of course, and his temperament.And where will his votes come from? His attraction to independents is that he's a "maverick" willing to go against his party. Will they stay with him when he stands for his party--as his opponent will remind us every day. Meanwhile, the base hates him--his big victories on Super Tuesday came despite the conservative vote. Overall, I wouldn't be surprised if Republicans soon have buyer's remorse.

Really he backed into victory. If it had just been him versus Romney, Giuliani or perhaps even Thompson from the start, he wouldn't have prevailed. But the combination of states, voting rules and candidates served him well at every turn.

I'll eventually get around to posting on what kind of president he or Clinton or Obama would make, but I guess there's plenty of time for that now.


Blogger QueensGuy said...

I'm wondering how many of the anti-McCain ads produced by the right will be re-cut and aired by the Democrats. It'll be an interesting election....

10:43 AM, February 08, 2008  
Anonymous NE guy (bounced from my sign-in) said...

Mcain won... well because McCain won. Maybe the timing was affected by the arcane scheduling and process rules. The other candidates were in the mix and didn't emerge and McCain proved victorious against all of them and the double blast of the talk radio performers. His victory may largely that he is not an ideological adherent. His victory does not seem related to his positions (this seems true on the Dem side as well) but more to the fact of who he is not - a card-carrying member of some movement. It also shows the waining influence (this year at least) of cartoons like Coulter and Limbaugh

9:58 AM, February 09, 2008  

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