There's an excellent post over at Bobby Brans
He's right on target. My view is that while the Democrats are obviously trying to put a new dustcover on an old book by running war veteran candidates to make them look strong on national security, the Republicans have swapped out the book and left us with the old dustcover.
I can't seem to find the Republican party that I first voted for in 1980. The only thing going for them is the national defense/national security policy. The President understands that there are people out there who want to kill us, and he's got the machine of government working hard to kill them first. Again, that's the only thing, but it's a huge thing -- you can't have policy discussions if you're dead, so I vote Republican.
That said, the Republicans have clearly lost their way as the party of less government. No Child Left Behind, free speech restricting campaign finance reform, Medicare Drug Benefits, constitutional marriage amendment, the Attorney General taking the states of California and Oregon to court over medical issues, billions on local pork transportation projects... on and on and on. This is a Republican administration? Not one Ronald Reagan would recognize.
I sure would like to see a federalist or libertarian candidate this fall...