Romney: Not a Conservative
Says the Manchester Union-Leader
And after a year of comparing Romney to McCain, of sizing up the two in person and in the media, Granite Staters are turning back to McCain. The former Navy pilot, once written off by the national media establishment, is now in a statistical dead heat with Romney here.
How could that be? Romney has all the advantages: money, organization, geographic proximity, statesman-like hair, etc.
But he lacks something John McCain has in spades: conviction.
Granite Staters want a candidate who will look them in the eye and tell them the truth. John McCain has done that day in and day out, never wavering, never faltering, never pandering.
I know that my fellow conservatives are leery of McCain on the basis of several issues where he's gone off the reservation. But he's done so on the basis of his own experience, from campaign finance reform to torture. Would any of us bloggers like to claim we know more than John McCain does about either of those issues?
The Gang of 14? Yes, it made me angry at the time, but it turned out that McCain was right when he said that someday the Democrats would be back in the majority and that we might regret using the nuclear option. Sure turned out right on this issue.
Labels: 2008 Candidates, John McCain