Commentary Magazine


The Republican Race Is Probably Over

Jennifer, if you’re right and Rudy endorses McCain this week, I think the race is pretty much done. Mitt Romney has yet to show that he can really win. But the bigger challenge for the Party will be how all the conservatives make peace with McCain. If Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee, they will argue, persuasively, that Romney may have been a better GOP nominee. Against Obama, McCain is the old man versus the young man, the old way versus the new. Romney, at least, can make a much stronger argument against Obama’s soft-headed economics.

But if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, then we really do have one of the great national contests on our hand — and the McCain haters will have no hoice but to get on board.