McCain’s Vulnerability

February 26, 2008

Yesterday, I was reading the Romney supporter’s blog (comMITTed to Romney), which has turned into a mix of tributes for GMR and political strategy.  (I’m part of the latter.)

I posted:

“… understand that if there is no war, McCain has no platform. His “paygo” approach says for the military to recover from Iraq we will have to boost taxes or print money. Health care? Mortgage mess? Energy? There is no platform there that at the moment that will catch anyone’s attention.” (comment #71)

Today, John McCain admitted just as much.

“John McCain said Monday that to win the White House he must convince a war-weary country that U.S. policy in Iraq is succeeding. If he can’t, “then I lose. I lose,” the Republican said. … While most Republicans continue to back the war, many independents and Democrats don’t. That presents a significant challenge for McCain and an opportunity for either Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton.  McCain acknowledged the war will be ‘a significant factor in how the American people judge my candidacy.’ “

Senator McCain continued: 

“There could be other things that happen both domestically and politically,” he said, adding that the economy and subprime mortgages weren’t the issues three months ago that they are today. “We’ve got many months to go before the general election. But is Iraq an important part of the judgment that people will make of me, of course.”

And so they will.  If the best the Republicans can do is to field a candidate with only one issue, and that being an issue that doesn’t resonate with, then we lose before we begin.  Romney’s money was wasted.  Huckabee’s passion was ignored.  The party will have been sold down the river.

And so we pray again.  And we do not give up.  If Governor Huckabee does not prevail, we all lose.