One thing is sure. We Republicans have two heroes in the campaign for President. One is former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the man who took on the New York mafia, took on the New York City bureaucracy and rushed to ground zero and nearly lost his life when the twin towers come crushing down. The other is Senator John McCain, a man who told Ho Chi Min's minions to kiss his behind and took beatings for it when he chose to stay a POW with his men.
Both McCain and Giuliani are heroes without question.
The question is, will being a bona fide American hero be enough to win the Republican Presidential nomination?
McCain's past campaign in 2000 and other acts as a maverick make him a hard sale as the establishment candidate. The establishment candidate usually wins the Republican nomination. McCain is even polling a few points lower here in South Carolina than he scored in his bitter loss to President Bush in 2000. That begs the question, are there more Republicans who think of McCain as the wild maverick as opposed the solid hero who deserves the nomination nod?
Rudy Giuliani faces another type of question. While no one doubts his guts and this courage under fire, his stands on abortion, gay rights, and gun control especially are problematic in Republican circles, especially in a Republican Presidential primary in South Carolina.
It presents an interesting situation. While the Republicans seem blessed to have two bona fide heroes running for nomination, the climate today might push aside their hero status for someone else. Highly organized and well financed groups on the right might come into a place like South Carolina and attack those two heroes with such political ferociousness that victory will slip from their hands.
Is that a good thing? I do not know. But, what I do know is the Republican party has two heroes running for its nomination. If the groups on the right push them out of the nomination, then whomever is the nominee will be just another politician, like those the Democrats are offering.
It seems to me in the general Presidential election either hero, McCain or Giuliani would beat those running on the Democratic side. I sincerely believe being a bona fide American hero would be enough to win the general election against a hack like Hillary Clinton or a neophyte like Obama. Edwards or Gore might present a more interesting challenge, but as of now, they both appear to be out of the running for all practicable purposes.
The big question is, will be a bona fide American hero be enough to win the nomination? We will all learn that here in South Carolina over the next few months.
What are your thoughts. I look forward to a robust discussion.