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Yet Another Anon

I think John McCain will make it to the Republican nomination and beat whoever the Democrats nominate, even though the Democrats will still be in control of Congress - I suppose there is a possibility of the President and Vice President being from different parties in a sort of gesture of unity - I can see both John McCain and Rudi Guiliani possibly doing that.

JF

Yet Another Anon,

John McCain is an honorable man full of good intentions. But I think you're underestimating the depth to which he has alienated the Republican party. He has a unique talent for turning what could easily be allies into enemies. Let's look at the factions.

Despite a relatively good social conservative record, he called the social conservatives "agents of intolerance" and further alienated them with his participation in the Gang of 14, which destroyed Republican chances of confirming conservative judges when the Republicans still controlled both houses of the Congress.

He angered supply siders by opposing the Bush tax cuts.

He angered the libertarians by sponsoring "campaign finance reform," which made it even less transparent that it was before as well as strangling freedom of speech.

He angered the national security camp with his stubborn advocacy of amnesty for illegal aliens.

Really, who is left to coronate McCain as the Republican nominee?

Paul

It's a fair point JF, but had the Iraq War been fought as John McCain advocated I think we would be in a far better position than we are now. I very much hope he wins the nomination and still believe he can, especially as the prospect of the socially liberal Guiliani winning over the right is highly unlikely. McCain is the only candidate on either that can lead America at this hugely important time against Islamic terrorism and for that reason I very much hope he will become President.

Paul

It's a fair point JF, but had the Iraq War been fought as John McCain advocated I think we would be in a far better position than we are now. I very much hope he wins the nomination and still believe he can, especially as the prospect of the socially liberal Guiliani winning over the right is highly unlikely. McCain is the only candidate on either that can lead America at this hugely important time against Islamic terrorism and for that reason I very much hope he will become President.

atheling

Has the demonstration in Brussels made even a blip in the screen in the British media? It hasn't in America. I know there were British people at the protest. The police brutality in this is shocking, coming from a western nation.

Totalitarian Europe bares its fangs:

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/2440

Simon Newman

atheling - the brutal police attack on the Brussels 9/11 demonstrators seems to have been buried by the British media, certainly yesterday there was nothing.

billm99uk

McCain may recover from his other problems, but I don't think people are going to forget the immigration thing. IMHO he pissed off way too much of the base with that one to get the nomination.

Frogg, USA

National polls don't mean as much as a state by state evaluation. In that aspect....some think Guliani is in big trouble:

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2007/09/13/2007-09-13_why_americas_mayor_will_not_be_the_gops_.html

Romney is ahead in several northern primary states; and Thompson likely to take several southern primary states. It could have a great impact on how the rest of the primaries go.

You may also want to read the article about Romney's Master Plan:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/12/AR2007091202029.html

I'm undecided (and like all of the GOP top candidates). The next few months will be interesting, no doubt.

billm99uk

Well you seem to have a decent range of good candidates this time, which is more than we can say in Britain. Brown vs. Cameron? Bleh! Heck, I'd even take John Edwards over those two. OK, that's probably exaggerating a bit. Maybe Hilary...

Frogg, USA

Another interesting poll to consider:

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The latest FOX News poll shows that if the United States were hit with a terrorist attack, by a 50 percent to 36 percent margin, Americans would rather have Giuliani in charge than Clinton, including 28 percent of Democrats and an overwhelming 80 percent of Republicans. Independents split in Giuliani’s favor 47 percent to Clinton’s 28 percent.

Opinion Dynamics Corp. conducted the national telephone poll of 900 registered voters for FOX News from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12. The poll has a 3-point error margin.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,296714,00.html

billm99uk

Frogg - Well if the 'Support the Democrats' strategy of OBL's latest video is anything to go by, you should be safe from further attacks for the next year anyway ;)

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