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January 25, 2008

The State of Sunshine Breaks My Heart

I really want to head over to Tampa to give Jim Johnson of The State of Sunshine a hug.  He seems a little discouraged over the candidates and the state of the party as a whole.  Just a little bit.

"The Republican Party is doomed, my friends."

He is also frustrated that the candidates all seem the same.

I'll have to disagree.  First, one of the candidates has been endorsed by the New York Times.  That's a pretty significant difference which closed any possibility there was of him getting my vote.

Second, we certainly have differences among the candidates on social issues, that being Romney and Huckabee versus McCain and Giuliani.  An example of application is federal funding of embryonic stem cell research which President Bush took a strong stand on and will require further strength from our next President.  For social Conservatives like me, that is a huge issue that will have very different result based on the candidate that wins.  Tell a social Conservative that the differences on this issue are "shades of gray" and you'll get to see them do a back flip, pull all their hair out, and breathe fire.  I know, I've done it twice this week.

I understand that Jim is certainly not alone in his feelings.  But honestly, I have a hard time remembering an election where we had more qualified candidates on the Republican side.  Really, if you think about it, we have a line up of heroes.  Whether it be 9/11, Vietnam, faith, Conservatism, they've all got good qualities.  Even Ron Paul is a hero those few Republicans who have difficulty understanding the world around them.  Good for him.

Cheer up Jim, we'll make it through this together.  And come Tuesday, if you still don't know who to vote for, vote for Romney, for Mr. G.

That goes for the rest of you too.

And as for Hillary?  I'm an optimist, and honestly, I think she is very, very beatable.


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No Alan Keyes endorsement. Shame on you.

Mr. G --

1) The NY Times endorsement is relatively meaningless to the average voter. In fact, to voters in the New York metropolitan area, it probably carries more weight. I can tell you from personal experience, voters do not have the same picture of editorial boards that politicos like you and me.

2) Because social issues really aren't being discussed in the media, the differences are not being aired. I didn't hear anything last night about social issues -- because Republican voters don't really care as much about them as they used to.

3) I don't question our candidate's qualifications. But general elections are not about qualifications. General elections are about charisma, vision, connecting with voters. The Democratic party has so much momentum on their side, there is virtually nothing the GOP can do to stem the tied.

Shocking things will happen this fall. Things like Kosmas beating Feeney or Jenings beating Buchanan.

Don't get me wrong... I will still be pushing our candidates. I just think the hill is too steep in 2008 with this current slate of candidates.

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