Question of the day: Which Republican will still be “standing” in the end

So, how about it?  What’s your best guess on which GOP candidate will win the nomination in the end?  It’s a tough call, I know: sort of like trying to decide which Chuck Norris movie is most likely to win an Academy Award, or whether Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz or Bill Kristol is most deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize.

Still, in the end there can be only one (speaking of a movie that never had a chance of winning an Academy Award). 

I’ll go first: my best guess for the eventual Republican nominee is, contrary to all conventional wisdom, none other than the original front-runner himself, John McCain.  Here’s my theory: the GOP base hates their options (who can blame them?).  Thus, they jump from one great new hope to another.  But in the end, each exciting new would-be emperor (can anyone say, Fred Thompson) turns out to be wearing no cloths.  Duly chastened, they jump to the next one (can anyone say, Mike Huckabee), and so on.

I’m betting that when all is said and done, they’ll simply sigh deeply and go back to McCain.

So, what do you think?      

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6 Responses to “Question of the day: Which Republican will still be “standing” in the end”

  1. alwayshope Says:

    Okay, I’ll play.

    I really like Steve’s logic because they have terrible choices. Who is the lesser evil? The evangelicals have fallen for Huck but the real movers and shakers in the party want Mit or Rudy, the yound R’s seem to like Paul but even Fred ain’t ridin’ Fred.
    They could very well fall back on the old ‘devil ya know’ McCain.

    But, just to be different, I’m going to guess that Rudy twists enough arms and breaks enough kneecaps to knock out Huck and Mit. Fred rides off into the sunset and McCain is swiftboated by the oil snakes and torture guys. Rudy is left standing. America’s mayor, America’s tough guy gets the nod. The R’s will hold their noses and repeat over and over again, 9/11, 9/11 until they feel better about voting for a nutjob.

    Or maybe they’ll rebel at the convention and draft Jeb!

    Jay Leno quote I read somewhere:
    ” A recent GOP poll shows that “none of the above” is leading in the primaries. Rudy Guiliani came in third, right behind “Oh, Lord, not him”.

  2. fdarbe Says:

    The Republican Party is a coalition of various groups. One of their most important members is the religious right. Mike Huckabee has their ringing endorsement. Where ever he runs, they will vote for him because he said,

    “I didn’t get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.”

    Unless one of the other candidates can cobble together a good block of voters, Huckabee will manage to win 2 out of the first 4 contests. Once he wins that second contest, he will be viewed as inevitable.

    Blessed by the mantle of inevitability and 99 and 44/100ths approved by God, he will go on to win the Nomination.

    Then he will look for a running mate who has good, far right wing nut credentials. So I am predicting a Huckabee/Hunter ticket in the general election.

  3. Larkrise Says:

    They are all duds as far as I am concerned. Does anyone out there see Judy Nathan as First Lady? Or Fred Thompson’s wife? Trying to pick anyone from among these guys is like looking at a bunch of rotten bananas and trying to decide if you really could eat one. Yuck!!!! They all spew out the Bush mantra.
    I’ll pick Huckabee, just to play the game. He appeals to the Fundamentalist base. They still have a lot of power and money.

  4. bettysdad Says:


    He’s the biggest religious loon among them, and doesn’t have much baggage.

    He also represents the most backwards part of the nation.

  5. Chuck Says:

    Who cares?

  6. Wye Knot Says:


    What makes anybody think this has anything to do with what the people want or care about?

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