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McCain trying to lock it up early

We've been reporting on McCain's "Summer Tour '06," including visits to Virginia and Ohio. Now a New York Times article notes McCain is signing up "a cast of top-shelf Republican strategists, policy experts, fund-raisers and donors" in an attempt to preempt other candidates and perhaps gain an unshakable grip on the nomination early.

Ed Morrisey of Captain's Quarters comments:

Fiscal conservatives will want a candidate who can merge two impossible tasks: create an atmosphere of bipartisanship and attack entitlement spending. Right now, the GOP has three possible candidates for Mission Impossible -- Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and McCain. Of the three, McCain probably has the clearest reputation for both bipartisanship and spending opposition.


However, McCain still has to answer for the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the monstrosity that put political-speech restrictions into American law. Conservatives have opposed this strongly since before it passed Congress, and are not likely to trust McCain with executive power while he continues to support government restrictions on political speech. Had it not been for the BCRA, McCain could probably have won the nomination by acclaim. Now, however, with conservatives hoping to repeal the BCRA at some point, they will not blithely put the veto pen into the hands of its author.


Read the rest at the link above.


It is extremely hard to "lock up" a major party nomination two years ahead of the election. There is just too much time, and too much can happen. In national politics, it's forever, and the soundest advice is to "expect the unexpected."

Think of the "inevitability" of candidates like Muskie in 1972 or Hart in 1988. And, two years ahead, no one predicted the parties' nominee's would be Humphrey and Nixon in 1968, or Ford and Carter in 1976. In 1962, much of the GOP establishment would have scoffed at the thought of a Goldwater win, and in 1958 more Democrats predicted a third run for Adlai Stevenson than thought of John Kennedy as the next nominee. In 1990, Clinton's prospects were considered too damaged by his interminable speech nominating Dukakis in 1988 {which drew its biggest cheers for the phrase, "... and in conclusion ..."}.

That being said, the number of top-drawer campaign strategists and fundraisers is finite, and these people hate to "jump ship" after signing on with a candidate. The message to other potential Republican candidates is clear: the trend toward nomination races beginning earlier each cycle is continuing, and sitting on the sidelines too long could mean a campaign just can't get started in time.

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Yeah, McCain needs to be lo... (Below threshold)
The Exposer:

Yeah, McCain needs to be locked up alright. In the Senile Citizens home.

Say it loud, say it proud: Just say NO to senile RINO.




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