McCain was not the choice of a majority of Republicans. He was a lucky bastard who used the crazy Republican primary process to win a victory with 35 to 40 percent of the vote. If Conservatives want a decent nominee they'll have to do the following:
1) Get rid of open primaries. Its crazy that liberal democrats get to vote and choose our nominee.
2) Get rid of - or reform - winner-take-all. McCain won an incredible amount of delegates in winner-take-all states with just 35-40 percent of the vote. So, get rid of it or modify it. I'd suggest WTA for anyone who get over 50 percent of the vote or for very small states like Wyoming - otherwise we need proportional representation.
3) Stop front loading the Primaries. McCain won the nomination by Feb 2008. Was this a great advantage? No. The primary season needs to be stretched out, so we conservatives have time to mobilize and stop terrible nominees. Its insane to nominate your candidate in February and then have him hang for 6 months until the convention.
4) Reduce the Power of the Blue States. California, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, D.C. Hawaii, etc. have too much say in who gets nominated. These states haven't voted Republican in 20 years and aren't likely to vote Republican for the rest of the 21st century. Why are we giving DC Republicans any votes? They only get 15 percent of the D.C. vote!
5) Stop having Liberal MSM types hold our Debates. It was crazy to watch debates hosted by Chris Matthews, liberal editorial writers, and CNN & listen to endless questions that were of no interest to Republican primary voters. Or hostile questions that were designed to make Republicans look bad. For every question on illegal immigration you got 2 stupid liberal question on the Genesis or evolution. Global warming was discussed more than taxes. Crazy to have our candidates talk about their issues and not ours. So have the debates moderated by Conservative talk show hosts, conservative TV anchors, Fox News, even Republican politicians.
I'd love to have watched a debate moderated by Brit Hume or Rush.