A View From Middle England - Conservative with a slight libertarian touch - For Christian charity and traditional belief - Free Enterprise NOT Covert Corporatism

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Flip-floppers in Florida!

It seems the pundits are getting what they want. A fisty-cuffs fight between McCain and Romney, with Huckabee and Giuliani vying for third place. They like to give Ron Paul the dumpster diver's approach to vote gathering. I'll bet Ron Paul does far better than these cheesy phone polls give him. I think Giuliani has also been given a rough ride by the media, but he didn't make much use of the internet, did he?

McCain and Romney are slugging it out in the insult department downtown. Romney attacked McCain for legislation reducing the role of money in politics, for his position on immigration and for his support for an energy bill that he said would have driven up consumer costs. "If you want that kind of a liberal Democratic course as president, then you can vote for him", Romney said. Trouble is a lot are thinking just that. One wonders if the messages are getting through OK. McCain responded to this jibe by saying that "on every one of the issues he has attacked us on, Mitt Romney was for it before he was against it". Now that's a bit rich, Johnny Boy, because on a lot of issues, you were against them before you were for them!

John McCain in an earlier thought process - "If you get involved in a major ground war in the Saudi desert, I think support will erode significantly. Nor should it be supported. We cannot even contemplate, in my view, trading American blood for Iraqi blood - New York Times Aug 19, 1990" OK, it's some time ago, and maybe he changed minds over 9/11, who knows. Now he says, "It's a tough war we're in. It's not going to be over right away. There's going to be other wars. And right now—we're gonna have a lot of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) to treat, my friends...We're gonna have a lot of combat wounds that have to do with these terrible explosive IEDs that inflict such severe wounds." With that kind of message, I'd hope Ron Paul's message of diplomacy and trade was shouted about from the rooftops as the alternative way.

If the Republicans choose McCain or Romney as the eventual nominee, then they will go down as a loser in November. But if they want someone who could forensically pull apart the rhetoric of either Mrs Clinton or Obama, and provide the American people with a real Republican agenda for change, then Ron Paul is the only candidate.


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