Thursday, February 15, 2007
Hey, all you Republicans!
There's a lot of chatter about who is going to become the Republican presidential candidate in 2008. Various politicians are mentioned, but each seems to have a weakness. So who should it be?
If you really believed in what you say you believe (expecially the neocons) then you should be advocating as candidate:
- Four years younger than John McCain. (b. 1941, McCain b. 1936)
- More experienced than Mitt Romney.
- Meaner SOB than Rudy Giuliani. (and only three years older; Giuliani b. 1944)
- Just as conservative as Sam Brownback.
So why not Dick?
Or are ya yellow?
Cheney has said that he has no interest in running. If he changes his mind, he will probably become the Republican frontrunner. He completely wiped the floor with Edwards in the VP debates, and I would love to see him do it again as a Presidential candidate.
However, given the state of his health, I don't think he will change his mind, nor should he be pressured to. Being President takes a lot out of a man and you need a lot of health reserves to do it. Look at the before and after pictures of Clinton, or the before and now pictures of Bush.
I appreciate his service and wish him a long and happy retirement.
Well, you have the courage of your convictions, which I don't see much of on the right. As to Cheney's health. If it was a problem, then why did he stay on the ticket in 2004? And even if Cheney says he's uninterested, that still doesn't preclude support for an '08 run. Like I pointed out, in many respects Cheney is better (in conservative terms) than the current 'top tier' Republicans.
In the previous decade it was not unusual to hear Republicans talk about finding "another Reagan". I would expect that right now, there would be similar calls to find "another Bush" (Jeb maybe?) or "another Cheney" - like candidate.
He would never become the Republican front runner; his favorability rating is in the teens, he'd be vulnerable to attacks on Iraq and his record, and he's not a favorite of the right. The risk of his candidacy would be an election so lopsided the damage to the Republican party would break, and the conservative unity would be lost for a generation.
...not a favorite of the fundamentalist right...
jms wrote, He completely wiped the floor with Edwards in the VP debates, and I would love to see him do it again as a Presidential candidate.
Sure, Cheney is smart. I'll bet Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were pretty smart, too.
jms wrote, He completely wiped the floor with Edwards in the VP debates...
By some intellectual measure, I'd say this was true, at the time. But when it came out later that Cheney completely lied about never having met Edwards in the Senate, I'd say Cheney lost because of disqualification due to sheer, outrageous mendacity.
The obvious answer of course is that he has an extremely dodgy ticker and everyone is also afraid to go hunting with him.
He's younger than McCain??!?