On Monday, the National Review wrote an editorial calling on Virginia to draft Gen. Peter Pace to run for Senate. “Virginia Republicans should tell this devoted patriot that he is not done, and encourage him to take on another mission,” wrote the editors.
Today, Joseph Farah on WorldNetDaily takes the Pace-mania a step further, pushing Pace for president. As evidence that Pace is a “thoughtful straight shooter” full of “candor and honesty,” Farah highlights the general’s public remarks that homosexuality is “immoral” and a “sin.” From his piece:
What Pace had said last March wasn’t exactly controversial in my eyes: “I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.” [...]
You know Pace speaks for the vast majority of Americas on this issue, but most today would be too intimidated by the forces of political correctness to say it so forcefully and unflinchingly. [...]
And that’s why I wish a good man like Peter Pace would consider serving his country one more time — not in uniform, but as commander in chief.
Is it too late for 2008?
How about a draft Peter Pace movement?
I don’t know where he stands on the other major issues of the day, but he is clearly a man of courage and conviction. And that’s a good start.
Beyond Pace’s highly-criticized bigoted remarks, a good place to start looking at his stance on “other major issues of the day” is Iraq.
Pace has been a consistent defender of the Bush administration’s failed policies, insisting in 2006 that everything in Iraq is “going very, very well from everything you look at” and claiming that Donald Rumsfeld “leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country.” He also stepped in to write a letter during the Valerie Plame leak trial endorsing Scooter Libby’s character, specifically noting his “selfless” nature.
Pace will have some stiff competition for right-wing affection if he decides to become a candidate. Gen. David Petraeus has “expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency” and last month, The New York Sun wrote an editorial pushing him to join the race. The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has expressed a dream of having Petraeus and Fred Thompson on a ticket together.