Posted by Mike on January 23, 2008
Earlier today, Ryan offered his thoughts on Duncan Hunter’s endorsement of Mike Huckabee. Like many others across the internet, he is perplexed by it. This isn’t the first strange endorsement however. Captain’s Quarters has detected many bizarre Republican endorsements for 2008. I expect this to continue.
Most Republican primary endorsements until the nomination is won will be odd. That is because every one of the candidates is flawed, and I don’t mean flawed in the sense that no candidate is perfect. I mean flawed in the sense that the fact that these are the men left standing probably means that the Republican Party is no longer a conservative party.
- Mike Huckabee raised taxes so much in Arkansas that he had to beg the Democrats in his state legislature to raise them further. On top of that, he still defends his idea of providing in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants, a benefit he would not extend to the children of Americans living outside of Arkansas.
- Rudy Giuliani supports abortion on demand, affirmative action, civil unions, gun control along with many other positions that play well at your run of the mill Judy Garland convention in San Francisco.
- John McCain, with President Bush and five Court Justices as accomplices, actually amended the First Amendment and is trying to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
- Mitt Romney supported a health care plan that featured the same kind of mandates that all three Democrats called for in their most recent debate. He has also changed his positions if not his tone, complete with timing curiously close to a Republican primary, on many issues such as abortion, campaign finance, and amnesty.
Every one of these candidates has problems that go beyond the types of problems we normally see in a primary. Unfortunately, any conservative who wants to affect the outcome of this race must choose one of these men to be our nominee. Every time that happens in a public setting, people are inevitably going to wonder why a conservative would support such a candidate for one reason and one reason only: there are no conservatives in this race. That more than anything is what is bizarre to me.