GOP Should Stick with its Big Guns


The Christian Science Monitor recently published an article entitled “GOP voter discontent allows new entrants for ’08.” Its basic premise lies in the fact that the G.O.P. faces a dearth of “qualified conservative” candidates; this thought process has permeated news media for some weeks. I contend that this is in fact a good thing.

Let’s start with John McCain. Once hailed as the darling of Republicans, he’s fallen slightly out of favor as of late. Sure, he’s criticized Bush administration policy in the past, but the fact remains that he holds wide appeal to moderate leaning conservatives, as well as to moderates in general. It’d be foolish to forget that this was a man many advocated drafting as a Democrat in 2004.

Rudy Giuliani is of a similar mold; his pro-gun control, and pro-choice views have alienated many on the far right. However, in Giuliani, conservatives have the candidate most positively associated with reactions to the September 11th attacks; he has definitely displayed leadership potential more than anyone else. If nothing else, staunch social conservative David Vitter’s endorsement of Giuliani attests to the rising belief that clear headed judgement is needed above all else.

The point to be made here is that while I do agree McCain has lost most of the hard-core right (and with good reason), and that Giuliani will face a tough time in getting social conservative votes, the two of them stand a decent chance of winning a national election, if we look past primaries. That, in itself, should be enough of an argument for many conservatives to back them.

Of course numerous “viable” conservatives have popped up all across the radar. Fred Thompson is mulling a run- A Voice of Reason had a great post summarizing why Thompson could be a threat. Newt Gingrich, the leader of the Republican Revolution of the 90’s, is expected to make a decision in June. Mitt Romney, one of the current forerunners, has very acceptable stances from a conservative viewpoint; he was also very well received at CPAC.

But right now the negative stigma associated with Republicans is fairly large- I agree it’d be ridiculous to pull troops out immediately given the strained situation in Iraq, but the majority of American society does not necessarily see it in those terms. Ergo, I conclude with my assertion that McCain or Giuliani (and maybe Romney) would have the best shot at winning a national election, and that it would be in the GOP’s best interest to nominate one of them instead of a more conservative candidate.

Disclaimer: I do expect this to be a pretty controversial post; feel free to disagree as much as you want in the Comments section. If anyone provides a *brilliant* counter-argument, I may just put it up as the next post.

2 Responses to “GOP Should Stick with its Big Guns”

  1. The way the heat is being turned on the current Administration and with today’s comments by JCOS Gen. Pace, combined with Schumer’s charges against AG Gonzales, I think that the 08′ campaign may have a lot of “red meat” out there for both sides.

    The question is a Centrist candidate the answer or a hard liner.

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