…because then it’s either Huckabee or Romney. And both of those guys scare me. I have no idea if Porkgate is even a real scandal, but, if you’re a Democrat, you want to run against McCain. I realize that’s contrary to the conventional wisdom (which, remember, decreed that McCain’s candidacy was circling around the bowl only a few months ago…).
I’ve listed elsewhere the reasons why I think Romney would be the toughest Republican candidate to beat, but there’s something else that make Romney and Huckabee far more potent: they are likable. These guys both know how to work a room and a TV screen.
To the extent that campaigns are driven by narratives, unlike Romney and Huckabee, McCain has far less raw political talent than either of them (he is, however, quite adept at stroking the traditional media). It’s like a movie: you need a good screenplay and an actor who has a good on-screen personality. With Republican operative Ari Fleischer having $250 million dollars to ‘rewrite’ the Republican script, the ‘talent’ he can work with will matter. Senator Snuggles McCrankypants isn’t the guy I would want to cast:
McCain looks tired. I think the more people see McCain, the more tired he looks. Romney, on the other hand, looks energetic. I think elections are decided far less by content, and far more by how that content is expressed, even if said content is a steaming pile of shit. I would much rather face McCain.
Dems, careful what you wish for….