Posts tagged ‘Duncan Hunter’

February 6, 2008

McCain-Huckabee

by thoughtfulconservative

The news media and the blogosphere, especially that part of the Cheddarsphere here in southeastern Wisconsin have been speculating (although some are skeptical) on some kind of deal worked out between John McCain and Mike Huckabee in that Huckabee would become McCain’s vice presidential candidate if (now when) McCain secures the Republican nomination.

It would be hard not to draw that conclusion. After Huckabee lost three consecutive races, after South Carolina, he stayed in the race. He has been polite and praising John McCain, while negative toward Mitt Romney. And then there was the West Virginia convention.

But I don’t see Huckabee as being the best match. If McCain is hoping to offer an olive branch to listeners/readers/followers of Limbaugh-Coulter-Glenn Beck, I don’t think Huckabee has too great a standing with them either. He might help with social conservatives (evangelicals, et al.).

McCain’s age will force him to look for a younger person that could be seen as stepping into the Presidency (e.g., NOT Dan Quayle). The presence of Obama, Clinton or both on the Democratic ticket will bring pressure to select a woman or an African American or both (Condi Rice, anyone?). And there is the regional balance, seemingly less important in McCain’s case since he’s done well in the NE and South.

Fred Thompson would be an obvious choice. Would Fred take it? I doubt it, but stranger things have happened this cycle. Fred is a friend of McCain and might do it for the good of the party. Fred would appeal to all three conservative factions (fiscal, social and security).

But Fred’s not young.

Rice is connected with the administration and I don’t think McCain will go for anyone with connections to this administration.

Fred Dooley has predicted Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi. He’s youngish (60), conservative like Thompson, and has worked with Democrats in Mississippi.

There is also Romney, although it would be hard to imagine these two getting together now. But if Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan could almost do it, I suppose anything is possible, especially in politics.

Other candidates are possible, Hunter or Tancredo. They might help McCain in the mountain west, where Romney won on Tuesday.

Who else is there? Or is there no one who would save this ticket from a revolt on the right?

January 3, 2008

Huckabee wins Iowa caucus

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE III: CNN is reporting both Dodd and Biden will drop out.

At least that’s the way the news organizations seem to be calling it. They are attributing it to a wave of evangelical support.

If you thought the criticism was bad before, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

UPDATE: CNN is calling Obama on the Democratic side. Ron Paul is polling 10%, an impressive result for him, I believe. I predict Duncan Hunter will call it quits before New Hampshire.

UPDATE II: CNN reports that Chris Dodd will suspend campaigning.

A sampling of reaction to Huckabee’s win (from CNN’s post, unless linked),

this guy is real scarey.

This is good news for Democrats, because it shows how messed up Republicans are.

Yeah! Now we can get prayer into schools.

I do NOT believe that the Republican voters of Iowa are THAT damned stupid…

Great. now we have him viable. Oh fantastic. Doesn’t believe in evolution, since he thinks he knows how long a day is for G-d, ( I guess only 24 hours, right?) thinks right to life is more important than the mess we have in the world right now, you know all the really important issues: G-d, Jesus, creationism, right to life. Ok, so we will just be the dumbest nation on the face of the Earth, along with the most dangerous. And for those of us NOT born again? I guess we have lost our place in line.

I believe he is, while well-intentioned, nonetheless, a real danger to our democratic society and would usher in a Christianized version of the Taliban.

If a preacher wins the White House this year….there is no telling what kind of divine messages we will all be forced to endure.

Anybody but that goob.

That’s just a sampling and it will get worse. Obama is probably in for some rough waters also.

January 1, 2008

Whom should I pick for president?

by thoughtfulconservative

Well, it’s now the election year. I know, you thought it had already past, but no, the election is the first Tuesday in November, 2008. So I think I should start thinking about my choice for president.

First, any hope of the Democrats for my support is misplaced. None of them says anything that comes close to what I believe.  I read one of our left of center friends say something like the Democrats like all their choices; Republicans like none of theirs.

No wonder the Democrats like all their guys. They all say the same thing. Just watch Hillary’s Christmas commercial. Government programs right and left and how will they pay for them. Any Democratic candidate could have made that commercial.

Republicans have a choice; several choices, in fact.

There is no shortage of information. I get their emails, I have their web addresses, I watch TV, I read the blogs.

I still can’t decide. I had high hopes for Huckabee. He’s a social conservative. He’s folksy and communicates well. He likes the Fair Tax, even though I know that, practically, there is no chance of ever getting it enacted.

But then came the foreign policy “missteps” (at least they were in my opinion). Criticizing your president may be a good way to make points somewhere, but without a plan of your own, it’s pretty pathetic. But I agree we have to do better with our Middle East policy. For too long it’s been about propping up someone who is favorable to us.

But this is not a foreign policy post.

I like Fred. I want to be for Fred. I think Fred would make a good president. All my conservative blogging buddies like Fred.

But Fred doesn’t seem to want it. I can see his point that he is not consumed by this run and it may all be part of his formula for winning, but it makes me wonder. He’s also laid back and that may be part of it. But the question still nags at me, will he stick through the next month? The next week?

I like Rudi’s dynamism. I like his feelings on security. I like that he’s taking the Republican base into account and promising to appoint conservative justices. I’m not worried about the “scandal.” I think he explained it well.

I like John McCain because he doesn’t tell me what I want to hear. Yeah, there’s that campaign finance thing and I keep wondering when someone is going to spring that banking scandal from several years back. And if a guy who was tortured calls waterboarding torture, it’s good enough for me.

Duncan Hunter wouldn’t be a bad choice (nor Tom Tancredo before he dropped out). I just feel he’s a one issue candidate. Take away immigration and what do you have? Anyone? I thought so.

Mitt has not yet convinced me that he’s not that liberal governor of Massachusetts we saw so often. Besides he’s rich and I hate rich guys. OK, I’m kidding on that one.

Since I lean libertarian myself, Ron Paul does not sound that wacky to me. I disagree with his position on getting the troops out of Iraq immediately, but he may be right on everything else. I just don’t know how he’d get his program through Congress.

And has anyone heard of John Cox? Does anyone care?

Do I like any of my choices? No. Will I vote for any of them? In the general election, yes. In the primary? I’m just not sure yet. Yeah, I know. I’ve only got a month.

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