Wednesday, February 06, 2008
What the McCain Primary Victory Means
Ari Armstrong gives his thoughts.
As I write, The Denver Post reports that John McCain leads the Republican race with 525 delegates, more than twice as many as Mitt Romney's 223 delegates, and more than the delegates of Romney and Mike Huckabee combined. Romney might still come back, but at this point it seems that McCain has the momentum. Why is that? I suspect that a large part of the reason is that many Republicans are shying away from the strong religious overtones of Romney and Huckabee. And that is a very good sign. Generally I don't care what religion a president professes, but I do care when candidates for president promise to impose religious doctrine by force of law. [bold added]I would agree that McCain's sudden and very unfortunate air of inevitability owes itself at least in part to uneasiness by many Republican voters about the degree to which many Republicans are now willing to impose their religious beliefs by government force, although the fact that such a bad candidate came of it is a symptom of the blindness of that particular rebellion.
McCain's Vice President
A post over at Varifrank mentions something I thought about several days ago, but forgot about until this morning. John McCain's age makes his choice of a running mate more important than usual.
[L]ets say 71 year old John McCain makes it to President. What are the odds of his Vice President needing to take the helm at some point?Probably the reason I forgot about the greater likelihood of McCain's running mate becoming President was that I figured it might be Giuliani. While that would not constitute a reason to vote for McCain, it would not make it any more important to vote against him.
I know, its a tough thing to talk about, but its very possible. That means that the number two guy is going to have a more than average shot at being President.
Yes thats right, this is a "double-whammy" ticket.
First, McCain was supposed to be out of the race and into 'forlorn hope' months ago. Well that didn't happen...
And now I've just painted a very likely scenario where we would get a "President Huckabee", which we also said would never happen.
But McCain-Huckabee? Not only is that one of the most revolting combinations I can imagine from this year's Republican field, it removes the only weakness I can see from McCain's ticket: hoards of Christian "suicide voters" accidentally getting it right and voting for Obama or Mrs. Clinton in November.
McCain's support of censorship already makes voting against him a near-imperative. (Only Democrat noise about bringing back the "Fairness" Doctrine makes me at all uncertain on this.) But should he bring Huckabee on board as his Number Two, it will be a necessity, as much as I want to sit this one out.
Democrat Race too Close to Call
According to my newspaper, Hillary Clinton held a small lead over Barack Obama. Minutes later, the Internet proclaimed Barack Obama the leader by an even smaller margin.
Is this what we should be paying the police to do?
The double meaning in my question is intentional. The one in this headline may or may not be! (HT: Hannes Hacker)
Rational Jenn hosted last week's blog Carnival. Later today, this week's edition will be posted at Evanescent. (And when it is, the link will appear at the top of the left sidebar over there.)
Free Afghan Journalist Perwez Kambakhsh
Jennifer Snow told me about this petition recently. I think supporting it is worthwhile, but I am troubled by the fact that the current regime in Afghanistan relies so heavily on American support. Were our government prosecuting the war properly, it would not install or support governments that failed to separate religion from state, if it got into the business of running things in countries in that part of the world at all.
5-14-08: Added hypertext anchors.