Wednesday, February 06, 2008

An examination of political conscience

One of John McCain's key advisors, Charlie Black, told reporters earlier today that he believes McCain has the Republican nomination in the bag:

Speaking with reporters today, McCain adviser Charlie Black said, "To date, we have 775 delegates, Romney has 284, Huckabee has 205. It takes 1,191 to clinch the nomination. There are 963 left to be chosen, so Romney or Huckabee would have to have all of them -- all of them -- to get to 1,191. Now you can't do that because a majority of those 963 are chosen in proportional primaries, which means you'd have to get 100% if the vote to get them all.

I believe that it is in the best interest of the Republican Party in a long-term sense for the simple reason that the GOP needs to have a serious internal debate about its future. Whether they voted for Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, or someone else yesterday, a majority of Republicans simply do not trust McCain and do not like the direction the party is going. This isn't merely a question of John McCain needing to win people over, the national Republican Party needs to use the coming months to re-examine its message and what the party intends to stand for in the 21st Century.



At Wednesday, February 06, 2008 3:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is the matter of getting the party leader delegates. Do the party leaders want to nominate neocons or traditional conservatives? As months go by that can shift.

At Wednesday, February 06, 2008 4:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It actually looks to me like the majority, not an overwhelming majority but a majority nevertheless, does like McCain. Otherwise he wouldn't be leader. There are Republicans that really like him (whether they should or not depends is your opinion) and there seems to be just enough of them to put him over the top. This discussion you want should have been done long ago - it's too late now. McCain is your baby whether you like it or not.
Who else ya got?


At Wednesday, February 06, 2008 4:16:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

If a majority liked him, we wouldn't see vote-splitting in attempts to stop him. His own campaign is very much aware that they do not have majority party support.

At Wednesday, February 06, 2008 7:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me clarify "masjority" I can see where that could be confusing. I meant the majority of voters choose McCain, not Huckabee (exception Tennessee and a couple of copycat states) and not Romney (tho he picked a couple - big win in Utah) and not Ron Paul (I've heard Imus is going to edit his news letters) and not ... well, you get my point. Out of all those guys McCain got the most votes yesterday. So ... somebody likes him. Enough seem to like him for the moment at least. He's winning by your party's rules so ...come convention time what are you going to do? Who else da'ya got?


At Thursday, February 07, 2008 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

But a majority did not choose McCain-a plurality did, and it was a very small plurality at that.

At Thursday, February 07, 2008 8:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, I see your point. Who else is there?



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