Thursday, May 03, 2007

Romney Wins

The GOP candidates (minus Fred Thompson) had their first debate tonight. Mitt Romney (my current favorite, although I'm interested in Thompson) seemed to come out on top, despite ridiculous questions from the MSNBC moderators. Examples: "What do you dislike most about America?" (to Romney), “Thousands of reputable scientists have concluded, with almost certainty, that human activity is responsible for the warming of the Earth. Do you believe global warming exists?” (Huckabee), “Will you work to protect women's rights, as in fair wages and reproductive choice?” (Tancredo), “Bradley Winter of New York would like to know if there's anything you learned, or regret, during your time as Mayor in your dealings with the African-American community?” (Giuliani), as well as questions meant to embarrass the candidates (the difference between Shia/Sunni, how many dead in Iraq, etc.). The unscientific poll on Drudge has Romney winning the debate with 34% over Giuliani's 21% and McCain's 6%. Peggy Noonan at WSJ gives the advantage to Romney and thinks Giuliani bombed. Romney comes off as the most intelligent and polished and is certainly more conservative than Giuliani and McCain. Romney's obstacles are convincing the right of his pro-life turnaround and the whole Mormonism thing. Giuliani, as he showed by wavering tonight on whether or not the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, rejects deeply held beliefs of much of the base. I admit that being a Mormon is a big negative, but I still believe Romney has the strength, character, experience, intelligence, and charisma to be a great president and spokesman for the conservative movement. Check out Romney's website for more information.

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