Thursday, August 24, 2006

Welcome to Obvioustown, Rudy...

Thanks for filling us in on this gem. No, you still don't need to run. We'll do fine without you. But is it really newsworthy to say that the GOP wants Hillary Clinton to run, and win the Dem nomination in '08? I don't think so.

There's really no one else who can, and will, galvanize the GOP voting base, as well as the non-loony left, into mounting a full-scale assault against letting Hillary Clinton get elected.


patsbrother said...

What you got against Rudy, SAWB? Too non-polariziing for you? The only reason I can conceive of as why Gulliani would be a bad Republican nominee for President in your estimation is his laissez-faire attitude on social issues. Growing up, all I ever heard national Republicans say (besides cut the deficit, debt, and taxes) was keep the government as much out of peoples' lives as possible. As Gulliani appears to want to keep Big Brother from telling individual Americans what to do with their lives and how to do it, what's your problem? That he was actually successful in an executive post?

(Please refrain from responding with "It'd be bad: trust me", and an implied tremor of head shaking. You've already unsuccessfully used up that one describing why Sen. Clinton would not be an effective executive.)

S.A.W.B. said...

Guiliani would be a bad candidate for the GOP because he IS too polarizing. The sheen has worn off to a degree of his Mayoral reign during 9/11, and right now, he couldn't get enough of a conservative majority behind him to win. There are other, far more qualified candidates out there. If they're smart, they'll package Guiliani as the VP, for the win, as the kids say.

Patrick Armstrong said...

Who do you think is gonna be the big dog, SAWB?

S.A.W.B. said...

My early money, or perhaps my wildest dreams, see a ticket of Gingrich/Guiliani in '08, especially if the Dems select their nominee before the convention again, as in '04. There is no one else in the world who is kryptonite to Hillary Clinton like Newt Gingrich. He's one of the few that can push her buttons, get her flustered, and get her off her game.

I'll go ahead and make these bold(?) predictions as well:

John McCain will never see United States President before his name.

Jeb Bush won't see it in '08.

At least one of the big blue states will hemmorage voters to the right. California and Massachusetts, i'm looking in your directions. These states won't go completely red, but it'll be a lot less of a lock that these states will vote Dem than before.

Patrick Armstrong said...

I don't know, there are so many Republicans that are going to be in that field. Huckabee, Barbour & Romney are the cats I think have the best shot (as governors often do). I agree with you that Jeb ain't in, yet.

I also agree that McCain is going to have a Deaniac moment, where a lot of early momentum slips away. Hell, he's already lost a lot of that bi-partisan glow he had six years ago. Americans wouldn't pick lettuce for $50 bucks and hour? There ain't much I wouldn't do for $50 bucks an hour. :D

I think 2008 is gonna be a race where the side that tears itself apart the least is going to win. (Advantage: Republicans. Dems just like to rip each other to shreds.)

I also think a third party may arrive, based around the immigration issue. (Advantage: Democrats. A third party based on Immigration is going to bleed way more from the right than the left.)

And, isn't Sprout gonna owe us a few hundred dollars when Hillary does declare her candidacy? I'll have to check the archives...