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June 22, 2005
A Frontrunner Only The Exempt Media Would Select

Ron Fournier exposes the lack of insight most of the media have into the GOP with his soon-to-be-an-embarrassment column on the 2008 presidential race today, naming John McCain as the Republican frontrunner for the nomination:

If you want to be the next president, it's time to start running unless your name is Hillary Rodham Clinton or John McCain. They can wait. And wait, as front-runners tend to do.

"They're 800-pound gorillas," says Democratic consultant Jeff Link of Iowa. "They're well-known, well-liked and will be heavy favorites in their respective parties." ...

McCain has the opposite problem. He is favored by a majority of Democrats and independents who would vote in a general election, but his support among Republicans is less than ideal.

If he seeks the presidency, McCain's challenge would be maintain his appeal to moderates while highlighting in the GOP nomination fight his support of Bush on Iraq and the war on terrorism.

Fournier and Link must have discovered comedy. John McCain might have trouble getting re-elected in Arizona, thanks to his George Soros backing through the Reform Institute and other unusual funding links through that non-profit and his sponsorship of the BCRA. McCain's early defection on the filibuster has guaranteed that the party will never support his candidacy, as well as the "maverick" monicker that every two-bit journalist uses to describe him. "Maverick" means unreliable, in relation to his commitment to follow the party's goals and objectives.

The true issue with McCain is not his fairy-tale status as frontrunner; it's whether his inability to achieve that status will lead him to run as an independent. He has long been an admirer of Teddy Roosevelt, and he could go Bull Moose on the GOP just to spite the current leadership. However, he has a couple of strikes against him. Most prominently, the debacle of on-line censorship that his BCRA has brought upon political speech has finally been shown, and bloggers across the entire spectrum have rebelled against McCain and Russ Feingold for curtailing the First Amendment. His commitment to opposing abortion won't attract many Democrats, either.

The only way that John McCain will wind up as the GOP frontrunner in 2008 is if no one else runs for the spot. His actions over the past few years have pushed him to the sidelines of the party, a development which has gone unnoticed by the Exempt Media in their zeal to put him on TV, which is pretty much all McCain ever wanted. They've missed the fact that McCain has destroyed any sense of trust between himself and GOP voters nationwide. His candidacy wouldn't survive past Iowa in the primaries. (via Michelle Malkin, who is just as skeptical)

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