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Friday, March 10, 2006

A Party Political

Well well. It looks like the Republicans are having a Little Party Political to try and audition Presidential nominees. Reading the reports, one thing becomes clear . . . they aren't happy with Bush. They want to get back to "conservative" values or balanced budgets, small government, tax reform, etc. Here is the funny part, they are sounding like disaffected Democrats. They are upset, says Brownback at the Bush Administrations "failure to produce innovative plans on health care, energy, the environment and rebuilding the American family."

I heard today that Republicans are concerned that their wives will vote for Hilary. I am all for a woman president, but I am not sure Hilary is the one I'd vote for. She'd be too polarizing now.

So who is the 2008 Republican nominee???

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great question. The nominee I'm afraid of is McCain. But I doubt the religious right would allow him to be the nominee. We have to remember that the theocrats are by far the most powerful faction within the GOP right now. They may be out of favor right now but when it comes to turning up to vote in the primaries they'll still dominate.

If I'm right about this then McCain, Guiliani and maybe even someone like Gingrich are out. I have no idea who the Theocrats love. 

// posted by Raised By Republicans

Anonymous said...

Look out for George Allen. You may not have heard of him yet, but you will. 

// posted by Bell Curve

Anonymous said...

McCain can't square with the religious right or the main Republican lobbyists who actually make the choices. McCain, however, would almost certainly win in an election, because he would get wide independent support, and even the religious right woudl grudgingly vote for him over the Democrat.

Allen v. Warner in the all-Virginia battle? 

// posted by LTG

US West said...

McCain is dangerous because he's a wolf in sheep's clothing. Hell, there are moments when I think I'd vote for the guy. But then I remember . . . . . he shilled for Bush, even if relunctantly. And he is ever so pro-life.

But he'd appeal to Blue dog Dems and moderate Republicans.


Allen is up relection in the mid-terms. We should see how well he does. That will be an indicator. We need to send Roving Citizen out on that race.

Anonymous said...

I'm just throwing this out there, but it seems to me that Frist would be a comfortable candidate for the Republicans.

It seems to me that the post-Bush presidency is near-dictatorial. So you either want a candidate who will weaken the office, or someone you're _darn_ sure will stick to the party line on whatever your personal issues are. (I think the GOP is sort of a bizarre big-tent party of isolated issues: the flat-taxers, the anti-abortionists, the fundamentalists and the pragmatic libertarians all vote Republican, though sometimes for opposing reasons.)

Bill Frist has that sort of Kerry-like stuffed shirtness that might well leave the Oval Office with less authority than when he came to it, and also seems to toe the party line on everything. The party faithful can't say the same for McCain or Giuliani. 

// posted by Bob

Anonymous said...

Bob raises a critical point. For the Republican rank and file, the primaries are a battle for control of the party among several factions. The worst case for the Theocrats would be a strong leader from another faction (i.e. McCain). They would prefer a wet noodle type. They might even prefer risking a Democratic win to giving up control of the party.

This last observation is all too common in the Democratic party where the far left routinely sabotages moderates with a chance of winnig for the sake of keeping the "true Democrats" in charge. 

// posted by Raised By Republicans

Anonymous said...

Two words: Draft Cheney.

It can happen. It can really happen.  

// posted by LTG

Anonymous said...

No one can draft Cheney! It's been tried...5 times! 

// posted by Raised By Republicans

Anonymous said...

The results are: 37% for Frist, 14% for Romney. So, basically, not much news. Frist is a frontrunner in the sense that he's got name recognition. That's all.  

// posted by LTG