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How bad are things for Republicans?

January 24, 2007 09:23 PM

Redstate's editor surveys the Republican '08 field.  His conclusion?

They all suck. Let's just admit it. Every one of the thus far announced Republican candidates for President sucks. From the lecherous adulterer to the egomaniacal nut job to the flip-flopping opportunist with the perfect hair to the guy who hates brown people to the guy we've never heard of to the guy who has a better chance of getting hit by a meteor while being consumed by a blue whale being struck by lightening.

He's speaking of Rudy, McCain, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter and Sam Brownback, respectively. 

Maybe "they all suck" is too strong, but let's face it: We have major problems with the '08 ticket.


The primary season is more front-loaded than ever, the Democrats are already organizing and fundraising their brains out (and building the netroots), and media coverage is wall to wall Hillary and Obama.

Meanwhile the right wing of the Republican Party is stuck somewhere between indifference, denial, and anger on the recovery scale - waiting for Mr. Right to come riding in on his horse. And complaining about the media, of course.

Perfection is the enemy of the good. If you don't like any of the guys in the field - who are you going to pick? Are we going to wait for the next Bob Dole who can pass the Sean Hannity litmus test? Hardcore conservatives keep telling each other that if the right candidate just "acts conservative" they will magically charm a large swath of the electorate - and yet no politician seems to be emerging to take up that quisling challenge.

Brendan   ·  January 26, 2007 09:58 AM


(1) Bob Dole? Bob Dole? Conservatives did NOT like Bob Dole. He was the establishment candidate, and look where it got us.

(2) "Hardcore conservatives keep telling each other that if the right candidate just "acts conservative" they will magically charm a large swath of the electorate...."
Conservatives are not telling each other this at all, Brendan. ALL the candidates are acting conservative at this point. The problem is that people don't believe them.

We're not demanding perfection--but the party has to nominate someone that it's base will be enthusiastic about.

NBS   ·  January 26, 2007 10:27 AM

My suggestion here is that the base needs to ask some soul-searching questions about what is really important to them in the wake of Bush and a Democrat Party that is gaining traction, and moving early. There are always tradeoffs in the electoral process - who is or isn't the "true conservative" can’t be tested positive or negative in a lab. Reagan was not a dogmatic social conservative, Bush is hardly a true-blue fiscal conservative.

I'm starting to think that it's hardly surprising that no litmus-test conservative is in the field, and the existing candidates are indeed centrists. The hard right vacillates between "I'm not worried." and expectations that are unreasonable - and probably un-electable, if ever made manifest in a national candidate.

Brendan   ·  January 26, 2007 12:17 PM