Okay, here’s one more. I know many if not most of you will vote for Sen. McCain, and I’m not trying to dissuade you. We have a long time to decide, I suppose.
Camille, my 9 year old, looked at me the other day and said, “Cheer up, Mom.”
“You always used to complain that the ‘undecideds’ had all the power in elections,” she said. “And now you are one!”
Anyway, here’s my take in the Tennessean today:
Republicans like Nancy French, a Maury County resident who has been preaching the gospel of Romney through her Web site, evangelicalsformitt.org, for the past two years, said she’ll have a hard time forgiving McCain’s past positions on tax cuts and illegal immigration.
“John McCain has been giving social conservatives the middle finger for 25 years,” French said, citing McCain’s efforts to regulate campaign finances as just one example of when the candidate has bucked GOP orthodoxy.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” French said. “I want to vote, but I don’t think I can pull the lever for John McCain.” The U.S. senator from Arizona is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee following Romney’s withdrawal from the race on Thursday.
And a bit more, which is probably not what Gov. Romney wants to hear. I know he got out of the race in order that the rest of us would unite in this time of war behind one candidate. But I am just not there yet:
“Primaries are tough,” Davis said. “I know how the Romney people feel right now, but we’re a family,” Davis said. “Conservatives will come home and vote for John McCain.”
French is less optimistic.
She suspects many Middle Tennessee Romney voters won’t fall in love with McCain for the sake of party unity. Affluent city dwellers and suburbanites may withhold campaign donations, if not their votes, to the point that McCain could lose in Tennessee, she said.
“We’re at risk,” French said. “Our party is fractured, and the Democrats have strong candidates that people believe in.”
The “gospel of Romney?” Oh my… that won’t help win evangelical voters!