First, let me clear the decks on his wartime service...he served our nation well. He behaved honorably during his imprisonment, and torture, at the hands of the Communist Vietnamese. [There are those who claim otherwise...I will not link to them because most of them are 9/11 Twoofers, and I do not consider anyone who is a twoofer to be menatlly competent.]
During his years in the Senate, he has championed pork-busting, denying pork projects for his own state, and stopping some pork projects for other Senators. [According to the St Pete Times, that is a lie.]
That is about all the good things I can say about him.
If he is the nominee of our party, I will find it very difficult to vote for him, and I will not lend him any material, or psychological, support. I will not give his campaign one dime, I will not make one phone call in his behalf.
In fact, I believe I had promised during the Shamnesty debate that I would man the phones for Moveon.org if they had a phone bank I could get to at some point during the campaign.
Here are some demographic numbers based on exit polling in South Carolina:
Veterans: McCain 36, Huckabee 25, Romney 20, Thompson 13
Evangelicals: Huckabee 41, McCain 27, Thompson 14, Romney 11
Independents: McCain 37, Huckabee 23, Paul 15, Romney 14
Conservatives: Huckabee 32, McCain 26, Romney 19, Thompson 17
Source: Race 4 2008
The first thing I garner from the above numbers is that either Romney or Thompson must withdraw from the race if we are to deny McCain the nomination. The Thompson Surge began too late. Even though I like him over Romney, the numbers do not support him remaining in the race.
He should withdraw, and throw his support behind Romney.
I see a Romney-Thompson 2008 Ticket as the best I can hope for at this point.
Reason Number One
There are many reasons McCain must be denied the nomination. Here is the first:
...there will be more forthcoming...