Now that the process is all but over in choosing the GOP nominee (sorry Huck and Paul fans, but it is time to accept reality), it is time to start looking ahead to November and beyond. It has taken me this long to post on this since Super Tuesday b/c I just needed some time to get out of my funk that is the reality of McCain as the nominee. I have no idea how it came to this (well I do but no need to bore you), but this is where we are.
As I've said from the beginning, no matter who the Repub nominee was, I'd support them. However, I truly never in a million years would have thought it would be McCain. As Blankley says in his editorial (Hat tip: Mike's America) that captures my thoughts almost entirely, this may be the first time in political history that the nominee is someone who is actively despised by more than half of the base due to very weak candidates and early states allowing independents to play in the Repub primary.
That being said there is still lots to do to ensure that we keep the Dems, who despite Coulter's rantings are still worse than McCain, out of the White House. And also, in case we aren't able to stop that or you don't agree that a Dem would be worse so you aren't motivated to work hard to see him win, we need to work hard to at least keep the losses in the Senate to a minimum so they don't have the White House and a filibuster proof Senate which would be the ultimate nightmare. Then if McCain does win in November, we have to keep his feet to the fire and not give up on our positions. We proved on illegal immigration and the Miers nomination we could stop bad ideas coming out of a Repub White House if we united and we will probably have to do it again many times for the next four years.
On the Dem side, I'm loving how it is playing out so far. While I think on some levels, Obama would be harder to beat, I'll take that risk if it means there is no way for the Clintons to walk back into the White House. If Obama continues to win most of the voted-for pledged delegates and Clinton the unvoted-for super delagates and that is what ends up putting her over the top, what a huge food fight that will be and I'll love every minute of it =)
Then looking beyond November if we lose, we need to ensure this doesn't happen again in '12 by finding a truly social, economic and foreign policy conservative candidate that can also inspire the base to support him (which unfortunately Hunter and Thompson never did). Several already come to mind, Jeb Bush (who would have walked away with the nomination this year if his last name weren't Bush as said in the Blankley article), Newt, SC Governor Mark Sanford (needs to really start getting his name in the national spotlight), and Michael Steele. They would all be great candidates to bring us back from the abyss. If McCain were to pick either Sanford or Steele or another very solid conservative (not Huck) as VP, that would go a long way in helping rally the base and lay a great foundation for them in '12.