James Leroy Wilson's blog

Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Candidates

This is my latest at the Partial Observer. Excerpt:
If the Republican nominee has any chance against the Democrat in 2008, siphoning off support from these traditionally Democratic constituencies will be key. So one would expect the media's front-runners to show up and politely ask for their votes. But again, Romney, Giuliani, Thomspon, and McCain wouldn't be bothered.

It makes one wonder whose vote they actually want, or if any of these fellows actually want to get elected. Then again, avoiding debates is always to the advantage of front-runners. They don't have anything to gain from debates, and everything to lose. If their goal is the nomination, they might as well take the safe route for as long as possible.

And that's really all they're doing - competing for the nomination. Not election; that's too far-fetched. To get the nomination and put up a better-than-expected fight in the general election will constitute moral victory and invite lucrative book deals and speaking tours.