Let's examine who the Republican candidates are.
Rudy Giuliani. He's the hero of 9/11, but what exactly does he stand for? He never was a real Republican commited to fiscal conservatism and limited government. And he's pro-immigration. Furthermore, he has no chance of winning the Republican nomination because he's not acceptable to the party's Christian wing.
John McCain. He's the only major candidate that I've seen in person. More than once. So if he's the next president, I'll be able to say "hey, I shook his hand at a Salt River Project charity event at the Library of Congress." But I'll pass on that opportunity. McCain is probably the real front-runner because he's more acceptable to the Christian wing of the party than Giuliani, and the other candidates further to the right are question marks.
Mitt Romney. He wears Mormon underwear. Can a guy who wears Mormon underwear become president? I don't think so. To Romney's credit, he's anti-immigration, and I'd vote for him over...
Sam Brownback. I first wrote about Sam Brownback in August. He has recently announced his candidacy, and he has the backing of billionaire Catholic philanthropist Tom Monaghan. I predicted six months ago that he'd be a serious candidate, and even though the mainstream media hasn't quite figured it out yet, his candidacy is progressing nicely. Of course I don't support the guy. He's represents everything that's bad about in the Republican Party and he's pro-immigration. You can think of him as a Democrat who supports all the Christian social policies except that supporting Christian social policies is a dealbreaker with the Democrats so he's a Republican.
Mike Huckabee. Sam Brownback light. Don't know much about him.
Newt Gingrich. Of all the potential candidates, he's the most intellectual. He has a PhD in European History and he's a college professor. Can you imgagine George W. Bush as college professor? Even though he associates himself with the Christian right, I'm comforted by the fact that he's been divorced twice and has a lesbian sister. He's a real person and not some Christian zealot. Newt is opposed to granting amnesty to illegal aliens, he supports making English the official language of the U.S. and a requirement for citizenship, and he wants to reform our healthcare system which is a big mess in dire need of reforming.
Is Newt even running? Well I think he's waiting for a grassroots movement to draft him into the race. So I'm doing my part here. Newt is the only Republican candidate with a serious chance of winning who is truly worth supporting.