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March 29, 2008

Political update

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Since I last posted in this category, a lot has changed (needless to say). The more I followed the race in '07, the more I liked (and still do) Mitt Romney. The rest of the field didn't impress me much; I've already posted about Giulliani (Rudy Giulliani, the one-time front runner, remember him?), Thompson didn't seem too serious or energetic, Huckabee didn't seem ready for prime time, and there were several reasons why I didn't like McCain (his recent Senate record, and in general, the fact that he is a senator, convinced me not to vote to nominate him). So, when Massachusetts held it's primary, I voted in the majority for Romney.

Some time later, as you all know, Romney dropped out of the race for the good of the country and the party. His speech impressed me so much and the reasons were so compelling that I now am 100% behind McCain.

Someone recently compared Romney and McCain to Clinton and Obama, and in fact, there is no comparison. The Democrats seem to be the party of childish petty squabbling, while the Republicans look like the adults of the family.

On twitter, I've been tracking "Romney", and found a link to an Obama supporter who claimed that Clinton wanted McCain to win so she could run in 4 years. And I have to say, there may be some truth to that. I remember Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic Convention four years ago, how wonderful it was (according to the MSM punditry). I got to thinking that he dialed it up to 11 so Kerry would pale by the comparison. So it seems somewhat plausible to me that if her ambition is greater than her party loyalty, she might do that.

Although I can't help but wonder if she's done the math. She's up for re-election to her senate seat in 4 years, and if she does this, she'll have to choose between her senate seat and the presidency. Or she could wait 8 years and try again.

The only question on the Republican side is who's going to be McCain's VP. When I first got on twitter, McCain (or someone in his campaign) asked people for VP suggestions. I had just heard Michael Steele guest-hosting on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, and he impressed me, so I tweeted my recommendation for him. The problem is, especially if Obama's the democratic nominee, people will think we nominated him only so we could say, "See, we got one, too!" (a thought that frankly sickens me).

But I do have to come back to Romney. On the one hand, he'd make a great president, and his chances of that go way down if McCain's in it for the whole 8 years. But what if McCain decided to resign Jan 22, 2015. Yeah, fat chance, but I can dream. On the other hand, in terms of experience, he'd balance the ticket nicely (McCain's going to be haunted by his "not much experience with the economy" talk, and the conventional wisdom is that that's Romney's strong suit).

Ahh, well. We'll just have to wait and see what happens next.

Michael

Posted by mlv at March 29, 2008 01:12 AM

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