Professor Bainbridge supported Fred Thompson’s candidacy. Now that Fred is no longer a viable candidate, the good professor is making the conservative case for “none of the above”:
If the choice is between choosing the lesser of 4 evils and teeing up a process by which the GOP reinvents itself for the 21st Century, I’m inclined to opt for the latter. Coupled with losing Congress in 2006, losing the presidency in 2008 will provide a pair of defeats that surely will prompt “attentiveness” on the part of the GOP leadership and the intellectual base of think tanks and academics who helped lay the foundation for the Reagan and Gingrich revolutions. Just as the Israelis had to be punished for listening to the 10 fearful spies, the GOP needs to be punished for having been seduced by Bush and DeLay. Just as the Israelis came back stronger and fitter for the tasks ahead, so might a chastened GOP.
I have some sympathy for this argument. Then again, it is a dangerous world out there and the next President could have the opportunity to nominate anywhere from two to four Supreme Court justices.