Friday, February 01, 2008

Repubs on McCain - Bush buyer's remorse?

In politics, the electorate is almost always fighting the last battle, looking backwards. Even with the 1992 Clinton election in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, issues of a backward-oriented view of the economy were center stage.

It occurs to me that Republican primary voters might have a latent case of buyer's remorse for the 2000 primary where Bush prevailed over John McCain. In retrospect, it's reasonable to imagine McCain having done a better job executing military strategies in the post-911 world than Bush. To some, it would be hard to imagine anybody doing worse than Bush.

But this is not 2000, and Romney is at the very least a skilled technocrat. The next President needs a broad skill set to address the nation's problems. When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. McCain is a hammer man. McCain has shown no real ability to further a conservative agenda beyond earmark spending and a subset of military issues. Romney has most of the toolbox at his disposal.

Just look at the Handy Dandy Candidate Comparison Chart.

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