Is the Republican party so diluted that locally a person cannot clearly distinguish the party of a candidate by looking at their stand on issues alone? Why do we have to go to our party headquarters to find out who the candidates are? Are the candidates afraid to make their position clear?
The lack of clarity of position is evidenced by Republican dissatisfaction with the current slate of leading presidential candidates. I happened upon a poll in the sidebar of a random blog today. Here are the results:
- None of the above. I want a real Conservative! (38%, 279 Votes)
- Fred Thompson (28%, 207 Votes)
- Rudy Giuliani (16%, 116 Votes)
- Mitt Romney (8%, 59 Votes)
- Newt Gingrich (8%, 57 Votes)
- John McCain (2%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 735
There are so few Republican candidates that really exemplify what "conservative" means. The only one that talks the talk and has real world experience that will transfer to the role of President is Mike Huckabee. He would be a natural choice to lead the nation because of his successful experience as governor of Arkansas, and because he is a true conservative. I hope his hard work in Iowa and New Hampshire bears fruit, and that Republicans will not dismiss him as unelectable.