Friday, May 11, 2007


Presidential Primaries: Too Early or Too Late?

For GOP, new leadership can't come soon enough.

I have been following the GOP front runners (McCain, Giuliani, Romney) in the headlines but not in much depth since the primaries are so far off. As of now I'm leaning towards Giuliani but Romney and even McCain are not out of the question. This post from Powerline sums things up well:

There is something mysterious, not to say perverse, about the attitude of many conservatives toward John McCain. It is commonplace, for example, to hear talk radio callers refer to McCain as a "liberal." This is ridiculous; whatever he is, and whichever positions you may disagree with him on, McCain is no liberal. He is a pro-life spending hawk; more important, he is a hawk, period.

As I've said before, I like all of the leading Republican Presidential candidates. I'm willing to look past Rudy Guiliani's advocacy of government-funded abortions and his endorsement of Mario Cuomo. I'm willing to ignore life-long hunter Mitt Romney's peregrinations on the social issues. And I'm also willing to discount McCain-Feingold and McCain's skepticism about tax cuts, not because these issues aren't important, but because no candidate is perfect (i.e., agrees with me all the time) and because other issues--like national security--are more important.

Emphasis mine. I don't think Bush is fighting hard enough for the current conflict in Iraq and the long term struggle against terrorism that we face. He may give speeches but he does not engage in debate and fight the media bias by any significant means. There is a propaganda war going on and it needs to be addressed. Bush is not engaged in this battle and we need for someone to step up and take the lead. From the Anchoress:

I’m starting to get really pissed off with the Bush Administration for their inability or disinterest in fighting their own battles. We should not have to be doing this over and over, setting the record straight again and again. The WH needed to get out in front of this stupid narrative right away, instead of letting it settle in like kudzu.

I know they have a mountain of disinformation to combat every day…but dammit, this is getting me really riled up, now.
Doesn’t the WH have SOME responsibility for insuring that history doesn’t get re-written on their
watch? Jimmie at Sundries Shack
writes it better than I do, go check him out!

Emphasis original.

The GOP and the country would be better served if one or all of the presidential hopefuls stood up and stood strong through out the primaries, the general election and their time in office.


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