Q&A Friday #52: If You Had To Choose Between Rudy And McCain…

Question: “Rudy Giuliani and John McCain regularly place first and second in virtually every poll done for 2008 GOP nomination. You’ve made it clear that you’re not thrilled with either of them, but if it came down to primary season and they were the only two serious competitors, in a tight race, who would you vote for?” — maledicta

Answer: So it’s either the devil (McCain) or the deep blue sea (Giuliani), is it? If I had no choice and had to choose between the two of them, I’d take Rudy for two reasons.

#1) I at least like Rudy, which is more than I can say for McCain.

#2) McCain is so arrogant and irrational that I think he would make a terrible President.

But, let me be absolutely clear: I don’t think either one of them can win the presidency. I mean come on, what’s really killing Republicans in this election cycle? Their own base is deeply unhappy with them. Well, McCain is famous for kicking the base in the teeth and Rudy is so far to the left on domestic issues that I hesitate to even call him “right-of-center.”

Since that’s the case, what makes anyone think that a lot of conservatives won’t just stay home? There are plenty of them that are going to do that this election cycle, even if it means a good conservative is going to lose to a raging liberal. So, what makes anyone think people are going to turn out to vote for McCain (whom they detest) or Giuliani, who is basically a pre-Goldwater Republican candidate?

Also, let me add that if either of them did manage to get elected somehow, McCain or Giuliani would be considerably LESS CONSERVATIVE than Bush on the domestic side. Yet, what have we been hearing from conservatives for 6 years? Complaint after complaint after complaint about Bush’s domestic policies.

Having either Rudy Giuliani or John McCain as a candidate in 2008 would be a recipe for disaster for the GOP. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to that.

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