So it’s looking like this will be an election where, once again, we’ll be stuck having to choose the “lesser of two evils” rather than a candidate that we really want.
It’s not a situation I like any more than others, but I think in our political system, where coalitions happen at the party level, outside the structures of government, this is going to be the outcome more often than not.Â The coalitions will coalesce around a candidate that doesn’t make anyone truly happy, but that offers each part enough to keep them from leaving.Â Huckabee appeals to evangelicals, but his support outside of them is practically nonexistent. Â Fred Thompson appeals to small government conservatives, but with not much appeal to the monied conservatives or independents.
I think McCain’s rise from the ashes has a lot to do with the fact that each part of the Republican base can probably settle for him, even if no one really loves him.Â That appeal, combined with his inexplicable (to me, anyway) appeal to Democrats and Independents, is a big part of why he’s doing so well.
I don’t really want a McCain candidacy in 2008, but it wouldn’t offend me to the degree that would keep me from voting in the election.Â I don’t really see any way out of voting for lesser of two evils candidates, because our system encourages it, really.Â I’m not sure it’s unhealthy for The Republic either.