The run for the Republican nomination is about as exciting as a Cuban election. With only one viable candidate left in the race suddenly the endorsements are rushing in. But do they really mean anything?

The latest comes from former President Bush, “Few men walking among us have sacrificed so much in the cause of human freedom, John McCain has the right values and experience to guide our nation forward at this historic moment”, he enthused over the last man standing, well, the last man standing with any chance of getting nominated.

Mike Hukabee is still technically in the race, but is about as likely to win the nomination as Osama Bin Laden is likely to capture the Nobel Peace Prize.

This ‘one horse race’ may actually be good for the beleaguered Republican party,  with George Bush Jr. garnering huge amounts of criticism over Iraq, the Middle East in general, and the latest economic disaster on the home front, the sub-prime mortgage scandal, he represents a very unfortunate example for the Republican party. I am pretty certain that if someone was to run a popularity poll comparing ‘Jack The Ripper’ and George W it would be a close run thing.

The one horse race staged by John McCain may be just the thing, the sniping between democrat front runners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is doing nothing to bolster the Democratic position, also the disenfranchisement of over 3 million voters in Florida and Michigan by not counting their delegates has resulted in a fragmented party.

What should have been a ‘shoe In’ for the democrats is now turning into a nail biter.

Watching the 2008 election process is nearly as bizarre as the soap operas.

Simon Barrett 

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