Friday, April 14, 2006

The McCain Cover?

With all of Mitt Romney's perceived pandering to the Religious Right, does the fact that John McCain and Hillary Clinton -- not to the Religious Right but to the more moderate wing of the Democratic Party -- are doing the same thing give him any cover? Does the fact that he is not alone in this soften any criticism that he would otherwise get? I think it does. I think that Romney and McCain will separate themselves from the rest of the GOP pack over the next year and a half and as they do they will be compared to each other. It will be hard to criticize Romney for his evolving positions when his biggest rival is doing the same thing. This makes me less worried that he will be damaged by this. I'd like to know what anyone else thinks, and also if anyone has come across any analysis about this.


Blogger We Three said...

I think so to. As long as it remains Romney, Allen, and McCain then I think he's covered. I couldn't imagine any of them attacking him on social issues without being labeled a hypocrite.

I'm sure there will be a fire-breathing conservative make a run for it, but without a national profile they will be neturalized during a long primary. Who that is and when they really start running will be the biggest key.

1:40 PM  
Blogger We Three said...

Also, I think the biggest thing that would hurt a McCain vs Romney runnoff would be the perceived national security experience of McCain. Romney has some credentials (much more than Guliani) but will need to sure up any doubt to neturalize this issue against McCain. This might be where a strong Southern canidate would come in handy.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Not sure courting a party's moderates is the same things as courting a party's extremes... the former is something I think candidates should do, while the latter is, as John McCain said before he sold out:

"Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right."

11:36 PM  
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11:38 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Giuliani is a red herring by the way... he stands no chance whatsoever of getting the party's nomination because of his positions on a whole host of issues.

8:01 AM  

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