Thursday, January 31, 2008

An Unseemly Republican Debate

I had the same reaction to last night's Republican debate as Governor Romney in the picture below.

I have over the last few months noted my displeasure with Governor Romney's negative campaign tactics and appreciation for Senator McCain's willingness to show up and be straightforward in his rhetoric. Last night's debate was a step in the opposite direction.

It is utterly incomprehensible that McCain would continue to push this "timetable as buzzword" mischaracterization of Romney's remarks on resolving the war in Iraq. I actually started to feel sympathy for Romney, despite the fact that he's been doing similar things to McCain for months. I would have thought that the lesson McCain would have drawn from this, given that he and not Romney has the momentum, is that it is a tactic that doesn't work.

If Romney actually ran honestly on the detailed record of things he did in office and in the business sector, rather than on cheap slogans about them, he would have had a much better chance to have gotten my vote in the New Hampshire primary. As a Republican governor facing a Democratic legislature, he managed to hold the line on conservative issues and work with the legislature to pass reforms on things like health care that his citizens wanted. That's a similar environment to what he would face and a reasonable outcome to expect if he were elected President in 2008.


A Red Mind in a Blue State said...

With Rudy out, I'm torn. I like McCain, but I've come to distrust his judgment (tax cuts, McCain-Feingold, immigration). For some reason, and I can't put my finger on it, I don't like AND I don't trust Romney-- he seems too plastic, too slick.

I'm fearful McCain won't be tough enough against Hillary.


Can we start over--and with all due respect to your home state-- let states that look like America go first?

ProGrowthLiberal said...

McCain was really awful last night if honesty counts for anything. I loved how Ron Paul addressed the Iraq issue. Forget the cherry picking of words - both McCain and Romney are wrong on this issue! I did clip a couple of economic whoppers in a post over at Angrybear.

Lorne said...

McCain will not receive the vote of conservatives. I am slightly to the right of Attila the Hun, and I would vote for Obama before I would vote for McCain.

Just take one item out of the fatally flawed Kennedy-McCain immigration bill. About 10,000,000 Mexicans would have to be processed, along with at least 2 million non-Mexican illegals.

Just consider one item in the bill. McCain would have the government pay the legal bill of each and every alien. Let's say that the legal bill on average is
15,000, disregarding the fact that many appeals will be launched. Lawyers fantasize about deals like this.

15,000 times 12,000,000= 180,000,000,000. I believe that the cost would be 180 billion+.

Financially flawed programs like this define the reqirement for new blood in Washington. McCain ain't no conservative.