We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As traditionalist/Centrists here at Maggie's, we tend to prefer Repub candidates because they at least pretend to sound like the word "freedom" matters to them.
Right now, the Repubs are searching the earth, looking for ideas. Wrong. Waste of time. Major national elections are won by appealing, likeable candidates who come across well on TV, have a bit of charisma and energy, and offer some inspiration, celebrity, and excitement to us benighted masses.
The wonkery and the ideology has little to do with it. Very few voted for Obama because he promised to nationalize (ie politicize) our major industries and businesses.
The terrific irony here isn't that it's a Bush saying no more Reagan, it's that exit polls showed individual policies actually had little to do with Obama's win. National elections tend to be more thematic, than they are wonkish. All the Democrats really did was demonize Republicans, call for change and voice a lot of platitudes.
My final word on this:It's the candidate, stupid. Any reasonably smart person can make an issue out of anything, but it takes a powerfully convincing talker to reach over the head of the biased MSM and speak directly to people.
As Roger de H says, a party picks a figurehead to decorate their pirate ship.
I like the quote about "we are battletested" by the press secretary. Isn't that like asking the French for war advice?
Methinks I will reread a book that I've had for 30 years by Jack Kemp, American Renaissance, Don't think they're any Bushies in it.
So True!! I proclaimed the same thing .... (It's the Candidate, stupid) ..... until my face turned blue in frustration.
McCain in 2008 could have offered everyone a new house, a new car, and TV .... and he STILL would have lost. Why?
Because McCain was white-bread boring, not to mention he was frumpy and his nasal voice was irritating as heck. He was sickly looking with recurring cancer, yellow teeth and is old as dirt.
Americans (conservatives included) did NOT want WashDC insider candidates in 2008. They wanted something fresh, new, articulate ..... which is why McCain was the EXACT worst possible candidate on planet earth for the GOP.
Romney (despite his faults) was the only candidate who stood a chance in 2008, due to the fact he was NOT a Washington insider, and due to the fact he boldly proclaimed conservatism.