Contact Us    
The Candidates

For Repubicans to succeed, they must produce a meaningful alternative to Hillary Clinton.

by James Leroy Wilson
October 4, 2007

Bookmark and Share
The Candidates

On September 17, Values Voters hosted a debate for Republican Presidential candidates. All the candidates showed up. Well, except for the Loathsome Foursome of Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Fred Thompson. Each one had better things to do than try to persuade the Republican base that he is their nominee for President. The abortion flip-flopper from Taxachusetts, the thrice-married, pro-abortion cross-dressing gun grabber, the abortion lobbyist, and the "maverick" with a history of bad blood with evangelical leaders, figured they'd have nothing to gain. In a way, this was a good thing, as it gave everyone else more time to speak.

Besides, having the perception of pandering to Christian Right probably wasn't that bright an idea for social moderates who want a "Big Tent" Republican Party. Can't argue with that. The more one associates with the Christian Right, the harder it will be to reach independents, let alone persuade Democrats to cross over. They won't vote for Hillary anyway, so there's no point trying to please them. Better just to take the Religious Right for granted.

There was a much better opportunity last week, when a debate was held at Morgan State University that focused on issues important to African-Americans and Latinos. If the Republican nominee has any chance against the Democrat in 2008, siphoning off support from these traditionally Democratic constituencies will be key. So one would expect the media's front-runners to show up and politely ask for their votes. But again, Romney, Giuliani, Thomspon, and McCain wouldn't be bothered.

It makes one wonder whose vote they actually want, or if any of these fellows actually want to get elected. Then again, avoiding debates is always to the advantage of front-runners. They don't have anything to gain from debates, and everything to lose. If their goal is the nomination, they might as well take the safe route for as long as possible.

And that's really all they're doing - competing for the nomination. Not election; that's too far-fetched. To get the nomination and put up a better-than-expected fight in the general election will constitute moral victory and invite lucrative book deals and speaking tours. Also, for Romney (Mormon) and Giuliani (thrice-married, Italian) the nominations would be groundbreaking.

What of the rest of the Republican field, the ones who actually show up at the debates? Essentially, we have debates featuring one man, Ron Paul, who wants to change the direction of the country, vs. four who are running for Vice President and one, Alan Keyes, who is running to get into the spotlight and raise his speaking fees. But, flawed as Huckabee, Brownback, Hunter, and Tancredo may be, I believe they have more principles and honest convictions than any of the front-runners.

On the Democratic side, there are two who actually want to be President, and if nominated, probably will be. They are Clinton and Edwards. Then there are two, Kucinich and Gravel, who, like Paul, view the Presidency not as the end, but as the means to the end of changing the course of the country. Everyone else is running for Vice President, or to build a base for a future run.

Clinton will most likely be the Democratic nominee, but whoever it is will be the favorite to win the general election. Republicans should then ask themselves whether they want to put up a respectable fight, or if they want to win.

If they merely want to be respectable, they will give the Democrats eight years. If they want to win, they have to provide a superior alternative to what Clinton has to offer. When Clinton advocates one thing, instead of saying "me, too," support a very different policy.

If she calls for managing the war in Iraq better, call for withdrawal. If she calls for bombing Iran, call for negotiations. If she calls for intervening in Darfur, call for bringing our troops home from overseas. If she calls for higher teacher salaries, call for more parental choice and local control of schools. If she calls for greater government control in health care, call for free-market reforms instead. If she declares war on tobacco or fatty foods, loudly proclaim the ideals of personal choice and individual freedom. If she calls for a government "gatekeeper" for the Internet, adamantly defend the First Amendment. If she supports greater surveillance and a national ID card, call for repeal of the Patriot Act and Real ID Act.

Such a strategy would both distance the nominee from George W. Bush's legacy and also distance him from Clinton. It will give voters a real choice in 2008. The voters might still choose to punish the Republicans, but at least they will know there is once again a real difference between the two parties. They will then be more likely to turn away from Clinton in 2012.

From what I've seen, there is only one candidate with a clear anti-Bush, anti-Clinton message. There is, then, only one candidate who can turn the Republican Party's fortunes around. He is Ron Paul.

Comments (1)

Post a Comment

tiffany from http://www.shoptiffanysilver.com/ writes:
July 22, 2010
Roberts is supposed to get the day off Thursday and play for the Baysox on Friday. But the Orioles veteran, who has played in just four major league games this season, had said earlier that he needed about 15 at-bats at Double-A before re-joining the Orioles.

In three games at Bowie, he has had 14 at-bats, getting six hits (.429 average) and three RBIs. Dropping off his bats is an indication that he could be activated before the end of the weekend, the expected timetable.

Roberts will not be activated Thursday, but it's possible he could be Friday.

One Orioles official, however, characterized that speculation as "premature."

Send Us Your Opinion
(Comments are moderated.)
Your Name:*

Your E-Mail Address:*
(Confidential. Will not be published.)


Note: In order to control automated spam submissions, URLs are no longer permitted in this form.

Please type the letters you see above.


Bookmark and Share

» jim102670@yahoo.com

Ron Paul Is a Nut (and So Am I)
Published September 10, 2008

Forget about red states and blue states. Wilson's unique take on political topics is refreshingly not politics as usual.

» Buy Now
» More Information
RSS Feed for James Leroy Wilson: RSS Feed for James Leroy Wilson
Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when new articles by this author are published. Your address remains confidential, and you may cancel at any time. A confirmation email will be sent.

Your e-mail address:
po Books
Now Available!

Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.

A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.

More Information.

More by James Leroy Wilson
47 for 46 for 45
My favorite movies since when I was born
by James Leroy Wilson, 3/15/16
Hired Gun Quarterbacks
They rarely win the Super Bowl.
by James Leroy Wilson, 2/9/16
Fixing Football's Overtime
Get rid of the coin toss!
by James Leroy Wilson, 1/19/16
Solving the NBA's Conference Imbalance
Get rid of them!
by James Leroy Wilson, 5/26/15
The Problem of School
We develop differently, but arbitrary age rules punish us.
by James Leroy Wilson, 5/19/15
Deflating and defaming Tom Brady
Punishing without evidence
by James Leroy Wilson, 5/12/15
Should Floyd Mayweather be allowed to fight?
The Nevada Athletic Commission is wrong, but not for the reason you think.
by James Leroy Wilson, 4/28/15
» Complete List (565)

RSS Feed for James Leroy Wilson: RSS Feed for James Leroy Wilson

Recently Published
View Article Build Trust Before a Wall
A message to President Trump
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 1/11/19
A New Year Now Has Dawned
New hymn lyrics to ring in a new year
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 1/4/19
A New Year's Eve Remembrance
Toasting friends and loved ones who have died
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/31/18
'Twas the Day After Christmas
Looking back and looking forward
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/28/18
A Near Silent Night
The bicentennial of the world's most beloved carol
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/24/18
A Longest Night Lament
Prayer for a Blue Christmas
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/21/18
I Herd the Shoppers
New lyrics to a familiar Christmas carol tune
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/14/18

Get the Partial Observer's
'recently published' headlines via RSS.

RSS Feed for Recently Published PO Articles    What is RSS?
Reproduction of original material from The Partial Observer without written permission is strictly prohibited.
The opinions expressed by site contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editors.
Copyright ©2000-2019 partialobserver.com. All rights reserved.
Home · Site Map · Top