Today is Super Tuesday and Caucus Day in Colorado. And that’s why I find it surprising that my local blogging colleague Steven appears to be planning to sit out the Presidential vote:
Politics as usual does not cut it for me. I need a candidate with true compassion, true conscience, true understanding, and the ability to reason.
No candidate for President has demonstrated all these things that I can see. Not that these characteristics comprise anywhere near a complete resume for our nation’s highest office. And trying to compare Hugh’s show last night to push-polling? Not only absurd – I wouldn’t say the MSM is push-polling for McCain – but sounds desperate, too, a lot like Huckabee’s rhetoric of late. He’s run as good a race as anyone could expect, but his campaign is nearly out of steam.
As for me, I’m putting my perfect (-ly wrong) prediction record on the line by giving a second to Michael at Best Destiny, who writes:
All of which points to a rather sweeping night for John McCain.
I don’t have the exact numbers the Geraghty came up with, but I can say that the night will swing mostly for McCain. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, all winner-take-all to McCain; worse, I’m guessing that Illinois, Missouri, and even California slip into the McCain pile. In the end, the default vote of Republicans across the country will give John McCain the prohibitive favorite status heading out of Super Tuesday, and on to the nomination.
While Michael and I both believe a McCain clinching sweep is in store for us today, Clay actually is cheering for it to happen:
McCain is the Republican candidate that can restore some form of order to the Republican Party. McCain is the only Republican candidate that can capture not only the votes of Republicans, but Independents and Democrats as well. Heâ€™s not perfect. Name one nominee that is or was.
If the GWOT is the #1 issue, and I believe it is, then McCain is who I want leading the charge. All other items on the priority list pale in comparison especially including the economy.
If you want a Republican in the White House throughout January of 2009, McCain is our only shot.
If I had any sort of inclination to believe all these observations, I too would be carrying the McCain banner right now. And in the very likely event that he becomes the nominee I undoubtedly will be voting for him in November. But gone will be much of the enthusiasm for the Party during this fall’s campaign season. (Then again, maybe my prediction will be wrong on this one, too.)
Plenty more coverage of the caucus at Slapstick Politics.
Colorado Republicans, if you want to participate in tonight’s caucus but aren’t sure where to go, follow this link. Look forward to an on-the-ground report from some Arvada Republican precincts tonight.
Can’t wait for primary season to calm down so we can all focus on other things.