The Valley News, which serves the “upper valley” of New Hampshire where Dartmouth College is located, has endorsed John McCain. The editors deem McCain “just the ticket for Republicans astonished and appalled” by the Bush administration.
Not that they think McCain is “perfect.” To the contrary, the editors disagree with McCain’s opposition to “abortion rights” and dispute his view that “prompt withdrawal of American troops from Iraq would necessarily have dire consequences. . .” But the Valley News is willing to overlook these faults because, well, McCain’s “main competition for the Republican nomination comes from the likes of Mitt Romney. . Rudy Giuliani. . .[and] Mike Huckabee.”
The Valley News endorsement captures as well as anything I’ve seen the reason why McCain is unlikely to be the Republican nominee.
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