Thursday, September 21, 2006

Keeping Tabs

The latest National Journal rankings are very interesting (and about three weeks old, I know). McCain and Romney are still 1-2, but Giuliani is 3 and George Allen slipped to number 5, all as a result of "Macaca-gate". I don't understand why they place Giuliani so high. Apparently they believe that he could fill the McCain-Romney "vacuum". I think the vacuum left by those two is going to be for someone more socially conservative than both of them, someone like Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Giuliani has great name recognition, but I just don't see how he fills any Republican vacuum.

For my money, the '08 presidential election is shaping up to be the most interesting election in my lifetime. First of all there's no apparent heir to the nomination of either party as there usually is. Remember 2000? Senator Bill Bradley only sort of gave Al Gore a run for his money and it was boring. Are there two less animated people in the history of American politics? This time, both parties are going to have knock-down, drag-out primaries. Second, on the short list of contenders are a Mormon, a woman, an African-American (National Journal moved Barack Obama into the fifth spot), and a guy who looks like a horse (Virginia's own Mark Warner) -- any one of whom could get their party's nomination.


Blogger Marc said...

Hey... Bill Bradley would have made a good president... as would Mark Warner ;)

12:32 AM  
Blogger David Kennedy said...

I have no comment on how good they would be as president. But can't we all just agree that Warner looks like a horse?

1:50 AM  
Blogger Allan M. Bailey said...


What exactly do you mean by a vacuum?

11:10 AM  
Blogger David Kennedy said...

Here's what National Journal said: " Prediction: If Giuliani gets in, he gets in late, filling that McCain-Romney vacuum." I think they're referring to the idea that those two might not appeal to all voters in the Republican party. I'm basically acknowledging that there could be a McCain-Romney vacuum, but that it would be to their right, not to their left.

11:24 AM  

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