We forget that as recently as November Giuliani was all the talk of the MSM and in a negative sense here on FR. He had been annointed by the drive-by and along with Hillary had already been crowned the respective nominees. I along with others repeatedly stated that once you got past the name recognition and the 9/11 rhetoric and his positions on social issues and RKBA were examined he would fade amongst the pubbie faithful. I stated that I thought by February Rudy would be an afterthought and I still feel that way. Unfortunately, I assumed folks like Fred (and possibly even Duncan) would start to ascend as conservatives came to their senses.
Hopefully, there’s still enough time to put Huckabee and McCain under the microscope. I don’t think Huckabee is going to last as he makes too many gaffes, nor Romney as he’s having too much trouble convincing voters he has a core philosophy. At this point I fear McCain the most. Having said that I feel it will be a brokered convention and I’m hopeful that a lot of Huckabee’s early support will end up in Fred’s column.
I think the voters will come to their senses. Huckabee is totally unelectable. He is an open borders tax raiser who is clueless about how to fight the WOT. He’s the GOP’s Jimmy Carter. I expect him to make “human rights” his priority as to how to fight the Islamo-facists, just like Carter did.
As a fellow ‘Nam vet I, of course, admire McCain for his service and for his toughness as a POW. But, his support of the amnesty bill, being against the Bush tax cuts and his reported temperament problems don’t give me much reason to support him.
I’m not a social conservative, I’m a fiscal and pro-strong defense conservative. That leaves, for me, Giuliani, Romney and Fred. I can totally support any one of these guys.