Well then, that was Super Tuesday, and what an interesting day it was.
Let me start by stating what seem obvious, a change is going to come in American politics. Ever since Bush got back into the White House for a second term, I sense that momentum has been draining away from the GOP. Perhaps eight years in power does do that to any Party and therefore a period in relative exile will help re-focus minds on the issues that matter and how crafted policy must reflect these.
I believe that a liberal will enter the White House – be it McCain/Hillary/Obama. Contrary to what some here think, and what the opinion polls claim, I am certain that John,McCain cannot defeat either Democrat contender. I think the media knows that but that’s why they have been shilling for John McCain. Bottom line is this; when the New York Times smiles favourably on a Republican, as they do with dear John, then you KNOW that something is badly wrong!
So, on the issues, the "right" will have a Presidential candidate who is weak as ditchwater on immigration, who wants to close Gitmo, who wants to commit the US to ludicrous AGW treaties, who delights in attacking big business, and who is either for/against tax cuts depending what day of the week you ask him. The media claim that republican voters will, in the end, "hold their nose" and vote McCain in to keep Hillary out. I do not think this will happen and that a section of the base will not endorse McCain. Since the race is tight enough, this section’s refusal to back McCain guarantees the Dem’s will capture the Presidency.
I have nothing but disdain for Hillary and anyone who has read about her "experience" will realise what we are dealing with here but I still think that she will win the Presidency. The Clintons brought shame on the White House last time round, but that has now been erased from the media memory and Hillary is presented as a knight in white(water) armour. I don’t think Obama can win, but maybe I will be proven wrong. I think this whole "Change" hysteria that surrounds him is ephemeral and will not endure. I think he is so lightweight that he is in danger of floating away – but then again, the media love him because he most closely echoes their own agenda.
The GOP needs to revisit first principles. It needs to find a connection with the base AGAIN. There should be a revolution coming down the line on the GOP side and that will be good. The Party has become smug, lazy and incompetent. The last four years of Bush – the surge aside – have been poor fare. I think that many republican voters are looking for the sort of inspired leadership Ronald Reagan once offered. Vision, fearlessness, determination – these are just some of the qualities that are needed in a future Republican President. Bush has wobbled over the past four years – perhaps paying far too much attention to the sirens in US State – and where his instincts were right in his first term, he allowed these to be ameliorated in the second term and THAT is where it all went wrong. A true conservative cannot win plaudits in the MSM unless principles become disposable.
The good news is that we can rely on the Dem’s to mess it up – even though the MSM will give them endless support and unfaltering praise. But there is a danger here and we have seen this happen in the UK. Once a leftist administration gets into power the 24/7l media tries to keep it in power. This has had the effect of moving the centre of gravity of British politics even further left. Could this happen in the States? I hope not.
So, in summary, Super Tuesday has not conclusively determined anything but I just wanted to share my meandering thoughts with you. I wish the United States the very best regardless of WHO is in the White House, of course. Above all, I hope that there will never be another 9/11, and so to my Republican and Democrat friends, I can say that I wish your country well regardless of who your President will be.
"God bless America" kinda sums up what I have to say.