December 2, 2007

EVEN THE DEAN OF THE BELTWAY DISLIKES THE GOP LEFT:

Principles Amid the GOP Pack (David Broder, 12/02/07, Real Clear Politics)

If the Republican Party really wanted to hold on to the White House in 2009, it's pretty clear what it would do. It would grit its teeth, swallow its doubts and nominate a ticket of John McCain for president and Mike Huckabee for vice president -- and president-in-waiting. [...]

From everything I have heard on the campaign trail, it's obvious that they are the pair who have earned the widest respect among the eight Republican candidates themselves. McCain is the eldest and the most honored, not only for what he endured as a Vietnam prisoner of war but as a principled battler for what he considers essential on Iraq and other national security issues.

Huckabee, who previously was known only to those of us who cover state government and governors, has been the surprise discovery of the campaign season. His combination of religious principle, good humor, tolerance and clear passion on education and health care complements McCain's muscular foreign policy and aversion to wasteful domestic spending.

The two of them seem often to be operating on a different -- and higher -- plane than the quarrelsome Giuliani and Romney, whose mutual contempt is as palpable as it is persuasive.


That contempt is deserved.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2007 5:28 PM
Comments

McCain for President only allowable if Jeb Bush is VP.

Posted by: Mike at December 2, 2007 10:24 PM
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