Well, our man Fred isn't going to make it this year. If you look at polls of bloggers, you'll find that he was supported by roughly 60% of all conservative ones. Clearly, he was the choice of people who are deeply involved in the issues. Unfortunately, you can't win like that. You also have to get the votes of the people who want to back a winner and the votes of the people who make more emotional decisions. He missed both of those groups.
That leaves The Scratching Post with a choice of whom to support. We care about controlling government spending and balancing the budget, lower taxes or not. We also care about winning the war decisively. Here are my choices from bottom to top.
Mitt Romney is a complete non-starter for me. He is a dishonest charlatan who was a poor governor when he was in Massachussetts. I might vote for Hillary over Mitt. If it came down to Mitt vs. Obama, I'd hold my nose and vote for Mitt.
Mike Huckabee can be dismissed immediately as well. I don't think he was ready for prime time and he never expected to do this well. He seems to thrash about on all sorts of issues and he's just running on folksy charm. I might take him over Hillary and definitely over Obama.
I looked carefully at both Rudy and John McCain. They both are committed to winning the war, so that one's a wash. That leaves us with controlling or reducing spending.
Ouch! Man, I wish Fred had done better.
When it comes to controlling spending, all these two talk about are earmarks. Congressional pork projects are just a drop in the bucket.
You can't control spending by going after such a tiny portion of the budget. Only Fred was willing to talk about such things.
So where does this leave us? Well, who is more credible when it comes to controlling spending, John or Rudy? I have to go with John McCain. When President Bush, one of the best Democrat presidents we've had in a long time, tried to push through his tax cuts with no spending cuts, McCain stood against it and earned the wrath of conservative talk radio jocks like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. It was directly against his best interests to oppose the tax cuts, but he did it anyway because he felt he was right. That took a lot of courage and integrity and that's what we're going to need in the next president.
Boy, it hurts to take down my Fred links. I might work up the strength to do it later today.
John McCain for president?