April 16, 2006

THE STRONG HORSE (via Pepys):

Fear of Hillary makes McCain look better in Iowa (DAVID YEPSEN, 4/15/06, Des Moines REGISTER)

Arizona Sen. John McCain started his 2008 presidential campaigning in Iowa last week. The conventional wisdom holds that he'll have a tough time in the state's caucuses.

After all, he bypassed those events in 2000 and has criticized subsidies for ethanol. He also doesn't march in lockstep with religious conservatives, or with nativist Republicans who think the United States can somehow force 11 million illegal immigrants to go back to Mexico.

As with much conventional wisdom, it's wrong. John McCain could easily win the Iowa caucuses and the 2008 Republican presidential nomination for one reason: Hillary Clinton.

He may be the only Republican who can both win a GOP presidential nomination and then defeat the New York senator, who is anathema to Republican activists. That fact won't be lost on them as they trudge out on a cold January night to pass an early judgment on their party's presidential candidates.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2006 8:57 AM
Comments

If we can get rid of the ethanol subsidy, it will be well worth it to elect McCain.

Posted by: fred at April 17, 2006 8:15 AM

He wants to be president--he's pro-ethanol now.

Posted by: oj at April 17, 2006 8:45 AM
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