Carol Platt Liebau: Making Romney, Breaking McCain

Friday, May 25, 2007

Making Romney, Breaking McCain

This analysis in Human Events Online discusses the impact of the immigration bill on the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romeny and John McCain -- contrasting the positive effect it's had for Romney, and the negative consequences for McCain.

All of that is true, to a point. But it's worth pointing out that there's much more than just the immigration issue that explains Romney's upward climb and McCain's descent.

Mitt Romney has been the most consistently excellent debater overall in the two meetings of the Republican candidates. He is personable, clearly well informed, incredibly well-funded, and surrounded by a crack staff. All that, taken together, goes far to explain why his numbers in Iowa -- and elsewhere -- are looking better and better.

John McCain has angered large parts of the Republican base. But it's not just about the immigration bill. There's the opposition to the tax cuts, the Gang of 14, McCain-Feingold, and the grandstanding on the terrorist torture issue. Underlying all of it is the truly profound dislike many staunch Republicans have begun to feel for McCain -- because over the years, it hasn't been enough for him to poke a thumb in their eyes . . . all the while, he's been busy implying that his disagreements with his own fellow GOP'ers stem only from the fact that he is either nobler or smarter or more compassionate than they are.

2 Comments:

Blogger zune said...

If McCain is a republican than I'm mother Teresa.

8:25 PM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

WHile I do not support Senator McCain for president. I feel that he has earned the right to voice his opinions, whether we agree or not. He earned them with honor and dignity.

2:25 PM  

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