Driving into work this morning I was contemplating the Florida GOP race and its potential ramifications. It seems apparent to me that if John McCain wins tonight, he is going to end up being the Republican nominee for President. Then I started thinking about what a McCain Presidency would look like. What would he do? How would the country be run? what would our policies be?
Ultimately, I determined that a future under McCain is not so bright, all I see is weak economic policy and more war. You see, war and military is all McCain knows, that is his forte. I strongly believe that he, like any President, wants his administration to be important historically and the only way he knows how to do that is through continuing our embroilment (is that a word?) in war. Essentially, he will be Bush 3.0, but worse. Personally, I don’t mind President Bush, I don’t think he has been a disaster of a President, in fact I think history will be kind to him. I see much of President Bush in McCain, except I see a short temper, bitterness, and a lack of economic experience; all things that will make him worse than President Bush.
Additionally, a McCain presidency would do great harm to the GOP. He will not excite the GOP base come November nor throughout the next four years. If he were to win the Presidency, I see him only being a one term President, who would get destroyed by the Democrat in 2012 — the Democrats would likely choose better candidates than divisive Hillary or no-experience Barack (look for Mark Warner of VA if he wins the Senate seat this year).
There are only three positives I see from a McCain administration: 1. He can work with the Democrats, reaching across the aisle (but so can Mitt). 2. He will likely avoid scandal and represent the U.S. well (but so can Mitt, much better too). 3. His Presidency would mean that Hillary lost.
As I really try to look at a McCain Presidency as objectively as I know how, I see little reason for optimism. In fact, I think that an Obama presidency might be better for the country overall; despite the fact that I disagree with him on nearly every bit of his policy and he has no experience, at least he would bring optimism to the office.
This brings me to Mitt. Mitt Romney, especially as I now sit here and contemplate these things, is head and shoulders above the rest of the candidates for President. He has been an executive, knows how to reorganize and make beauracracy efficient, he is a fixer, understands the economy and how it works, he surrounds himself with bright competent people who are not afraid to tell him what he needs to hear rather than what he wants to hear. He would represent the U.S. to the world in a much more positive light (a complete 180 contrast to President Bush). Mitt is so superior to the other candidates it is laughable. Of course I am a biased supporter, but that is why I am a supporter of his. It appears that many GOP voters are slowly starting to realize this, but I fear it will be too late. If Mitt does not win tonight, it will be highly unlikely that he can win the nomination. What a shame that will be.