Well, Hillary Clinton is reportedly withdrawing from the Democratic race for President, thus ending the most historic nominating season in at least the last 50 years, if not the nation’s history. The saddest thing of all is that the Dem race will not continue on through the convention in August, and as a result, we will not be able to witness a truly meaningful convention. Gone are the days when the convention meant something; when delegates would show up and have to be convinced of who to vote for and the nominee was chosen there. While, I prefer the current process of allowing party voters to choose the nominee, it would be fantastic to see the race head all the way to convention and see real drama there.
So our dream is over. We now have Barack Obama vs. John McCain. I may just stay home on election day. With Barack, I see socialist Europe becoming the norm in America. A stagnant economy, massive taxes, and more government controls over our lives. Barack is the most left wing of all the candidates and that will really hinder him in the general.
All that being said, there is still a strange draw about Obama. Certainly, America needs a fresh, new face in the International Community. John McCain is anything but new and fresh. Also, it is healthy for the nation to switch between right and left leadership. Nevertheless, the likelyhood I will be voting for Barack come November is slim to nil. I am not a fan of Marxism.
However, things aren’t so kosher McCain either. With McCain I see the same old. More war and a worse economy. For McCain, his choice of veep will mean far more than Barack’s. McCain needs someone who can draw in a few moderates, help in swing states, and rally the base. Sarah Palin is the best choice there and would provide McCain the best shot for victory.
A McCain/Palin or McCain/Romney ticket would secure my vote for McCain. Other than that there are no guarantee’s. (Although I really like Jindal, but he needs to stay in Louisiana and rescue that state.) McCain/Huckabee is the only ticket that guarantees that I will not vote for McCain and could push me over to Obama.
But what it really comes down to with McCain is that I just have this gut feeling that he would be a bad president and would not help the GOP at all. I would almost rather suffer through 4 years of a Democrat, even as liberal Obama, than have the GOP further dragged down by McCain and digging the party’s burial site further. If Obama wins in November in 2012, we Republicans will have a lot of great choices for President, namely: Romney (please oh please), Huckabee (ugh), Pawlenty, Sanford, Crist, and maybe even Petraeus (the only guy who could maybe pull me away from Romney, Jindal, and Palin. The party would be smart to recognize what would be the long-term benefit for the party is, and I can’t say that is having McCain as President. But I probably feel this way because I simply don’t like the guy.