Well, Team Rudy’s national strategy passed its second test last night. McCain won, Huck disappointed, and Hizzoner avoided the awkwardness of having the eighth paragraph of NH primary coverage reading “Ron Paul finished strong in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state, edging Giuliani…”
Avoiding early states and planting a flag in FL immediately before Tsunami Tuesday is looking less and less mad every day.
Still, despite this being about as wide-open a GOP primary as I am likely to see in my lifetime, there’s constant talk of candidates needing to drop out, perhaps even before Feb. 5, due to lack of funds. Last night could have been a mortal blow to Romney. Thompson is on fumes before his Southern base ever casts a vote.
And without a NH victory, there would have been talk about McCain needing to drop out after only 10% of Iowans and often intentionally mis-registered New Hampshire residents casting malicious ballots have had a chance to vote. Now instead there’s talk of McCain being the frontrunner.
I get to vote in April.
I saw the first sign for a presidential campaign in my corner of PA today. Someone has put up a Ron Paul sign.
For lots of reasons, I probably would have been on that bandwagon 15 years ago. My first presidential vote was for Andre Marrou, who was actually Ron Paul’s veep choice in ’88 when he ran for president on the Libertarian ticket.
I have since diverged from my Libertarian brothers and sisters. Getting married and becoming part of a community have steered me away from radical individualism, and I also happen to think the threat that radical Islam represents to Western ideals is something that must at least partly be dealt with actively. A passive, isolationist response may very well end up being a demographic white flag.
That all said, I wish no ill will to my former comrades in freedom, and hope over time they will come to recognize that in lots of ways Mayor Giuliani– as a fiscally responsible, and socially Federalist candidate– is the most Libertarian-friendly aspirant to the presidency we are likely to see for some time.
At he is for those in the Libertarian party who take property seriously. I imagine the more libertine sort of Libertarian bristles at the prospect of the Giuliani presidency…