There's no question that this has been a terrific, in terms of entertainment value, primary election on both sides of the isle. There are all kinds of angles, views, ages, ethnicities, races, genders, possibilities, messages, positions, etc to go along with candidates of old & new. Today, I'm going to focus a thread on the republican side (later in the week I'll do one on the Dems), as the race seems to be boiling down to a couple of candidates in a once clogged field, who have separated themselves from the pack. Those two would be Mitt Romney & John McCain. I ask what the republicans will do because of the nature of the 2008 election. The GOP, by it's own fault, has given the Dems a sizable head start in the race to the November finish line. Everyone knows that simply being a Republican will be a strike in the general campaign. Therefore, like in no other year, the term "electability" becomes key for the GOP and it's voters. With the once congested field of undesirables being whithered down to 4 possibles, but 2 frontrunners, I've come to the conclusion that the race is now between Romney & McCain, two very different candidates in eyes of voters. One, McCain is not embraced by the hard core conservative base of the republican party. Viewed as a maverick of sorts, and his honesty, McCain has been the victim of his transparency. People know where he stands and therefore, he's easy to like to or dislike. Romney, viewed more so as a panderer, has the resume of actually running something, while claiming to hold traditional conservative principles, even though his past positions may say otherwise. This is where the dilemma begins for the GOP. Do they go with the honest guy who holds some key conservatives traits, but is very far off on critical others, or do they go with the more traditional candidate, who looks more the part of the party's fundamental platform? McCain the maverick, or Romney the "republican". The reason this question is so important for the republican party, is because of this years election catch phrase, "electability". To put it bluntly, McCain has it nationally, and Romney does not. So what does the GOP do? Nominate the man they're not too fond of, but respect, or go with the man who looks & plays the part of the party's platform? I ask this because the situation in Florida seems to be playing this out quite specifically. Is Florida going to decide the GOP nominee?