Fred is IMO the only true conservative candidate running this year. In my lifetime only two true conservatives have won the Republican nomination, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. The Democratic Party tried to talk Eisenhower into running as a D. Nixon did government price controls on gasoline as just one example of a non-conservative move. Ford favored detente and peaceful coexistence with the Soviet Union. George H.W. Bush raised taxes. Bob Dole supported all kinds of corporate welfare. George W. Bush supported amnesty for illegals. Voting for a moderate Republican in the general election is not a new prospect for me.
I still prefer to vote for a moderate Republican than a Democratic socialist. Here is how I analyze the four moderates from least favorable to most favorable.
John McCain has over 30 years of service in the US Congress, and he has strongly supported the elections of fellow Republican candidates for Congress. In terms of supporting the Armed Services and their operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hot spots around the world his Presidency will be like a third term for W.
Mike Huckabee has a gift for public speaking and winning passionate support for his candidacy. He has the ability to passionately stand up for his Christian faith and values. In terms of ESCR and pro-life issues his Presidency will be like a third term for W.
Mitt Romney has a lifetime of living the American Dream. He has experience as a business executive and improving every business endeavor he has been involved with. Mitt would bring a fresh new change to managing the Executive Branch of the US Government.
Rudy Giuliani has the experience as the Mayor of New York City of improving the government bureaucracy dramatically. He reduced the size of the workforce while improving the quality of the work. He reduced the size of the city taxes while increasing the incoming revenues. Rudy is a law and order guy who is unapologetic about not suffering fools lightly like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. As the only candidate who actually worked for Ronald Reagan, Rudy would be most likely to bring back the spirit of optimism for America that Reagan gave to us.
I'm not going to take my ball and go home. I'm not going to whine about any unfairness of the process. The election process is what it is, and I salute anyone who is able to subject themselves to this ordeal that I personally couldn't stand.
Perhaps some of you disagree with my opinions about the number of conservatives the GOP has selected over the last 56 years. That's my opinion, and I am a persistent cuss.