February 9, 2008


The Case for McCain (Lawrence Kudlow, 2/08/08, Real Clear Politics)

[M]cCain will have a unified Republican party -- conservatives and all -- working hard for him. He's also going to win over the Reagan Democrats, the Bush Democrats, and the Perot independents. These folks demand a strong military, want government off their backs, and are sick and tired of growing federal deficits and out-of-control spending. McCain's their man.

If you recall, it was the cross-over Democrats and independents who helped elect Ronald Reagan twice and put Papa Bush in office for what was expected to be a Reagan third-term. When Papa Bush waffled, they went to Perot. But they came back to support the Gingrich Congress and later stayed with George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. In 2006 they walked away again, penalizing a GOP Congress that embraced heavy spending and corrupt earmarks. But now they'll come back. McCain is tailor-made for this group.

...Ross Perot was protectionist and nativist.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2008 4:17 PM
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