Is it too early to start endorsing candidates for President — for 2008?
….ok, so it’ll never happen, I can dream cant I?
Owens would actually be a fairly good choice. He’s managed the state competently, at least from what I’ve seen, he’s right-wing but not rabid, and he’s photogenic enough for a campaign (he kind of looks like Sheriff Woody from Toy Story; could that be an advantage?). Two things about him though; he really needs to get his marriage back together (a separated or divorced candidate would be a MAJOR turnoff for the fundie crowd, and probably lots of other people as well), and he doesn’t have a whole lot of national visibility (was he wrong to turn down running for Campbell’s Senate seat, which might have positioned him well for a 2012 bid?). If those problems can be solved so that he can actually run the gantlet of the nomination process, I’d probably vote for him.
Another Republican who might have credible Pennsylvania Avenue aspirations is Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, particularly if Bush carries that state in October. A politically talented, youngish, midwestern governor who has appeal with social conservatives, while not alienating other Republican factions or independents, would be a formidable challenge for Democrats. Of course, it is impossible to predict what the international arena will look like in four years, which will do much to determine who will be viable then. If Bush does win this November, the 2008 contest will be fascinating, since there won’t be an obvious choice for the incumbent party, and given the likely prospect Mrs. Clinton vying for the Democrats’ nomination.
Will Smith/Paul Wolfawitz.
Will probably doesn’t have enough time to prepare. If he gets involved with politician and takes some econ courses though, maybe 2012.
Have you people forgot Guliani? And it’s gonna be the race that didn’t take place for the New York State Senate seat in 2000
what about a condi/smith ticket?
is will even republican?
all black republican ticket… would be awesome
Condi would be great for either position (P or VP), but I don’t think she’d be a good match for Smith. I like Wolfowitz because he’s not a big face man and because of his math and econ background. It was a Vanity Fair interview, full transcript posted on the DoD website, of Wolfowitz that’s all I needed to know. It’s a must read, and not a bad one to read again if you already have.
Condi/Wolfowitz would also be a good ticket.
More thoughts on 2008 for the Prez slot:
1. Rick Perry
A two-term Governor from Texas automatically is a viable national general election candidate.
2. Ernie Fletcher
If he wins again in 2007, he’ll be a two-term Governor from Kentucky (a border swing state). He’s a Medical Doctor, which will give him credibility on health care issues. Presumably would run strong in key swing states like Ohio and West Virginia.
3. Haley Barbour
Slick. Able to raise vast sums of money. Very well connected. Would destroy the Dem nominee (especially Hillary) in the South, without even needing to campaign there. Can focus all of his resources on the holy trinity of industrial states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan. If he wins two of those three, the Dem nominee is toast.
4. Bill Frist
Yeah, I know he’s a Senator. But, it’s hard to see how his voting record would hurt him. Most everything he votes for passes, and is to the center-right of things.
Also a physician, which gives him credibility on health care issues. Would kill the Dem nominee in the South, without needing to spend time or money there.
The doctor thing doesn’t give me any exrta confidense in someone’s ability to handle heathcare. It’s more important that they get Industrial and Operations Engineers, Economists, and Financial Engineers involved.
We have had two engineers as president: Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter.
Need we say more??
Didn’t mean to suggest an engineer in office, but some one who knew what they were and how to use ‘em.