Wednesday 2008 Thread
by Chris Bowers, Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 07:31:17 AM EST
- Bill Frist will not run for President. Damn. I had always hoped he would win the Republican nomination. Considering that he had been running for almost a year now, this smacks of Republican-style field clearing for the likes of McCain (the field basically self-cleared for Bush in 2000, and Dole in 1996). Then again, it could also be that he realized his own base never really liked him before Republicans lost the Senate, and probably despises him now.
- As Jonathan wrote earlier today, it certainly looks like Romney is going to run. Now I hope that either he or New Gingrich wins the Republican nomination.
- I should have the breakdown on the straw poll by tomorrow afternoon. Once I have the breakdown, I can compile the results before stuffing occurred, and get basically clean numbers. While I don't think it was too bad, there might have been some Edwards stuffing (there has been in the past). I also think that there was stuffing for a large number of the candidates who received 4% or less. For example, at one point Dodd had only 4 votes, and every other candidate had at least 21 votes. Now he is suddenly at 31 votes, and the others haven't gone up much? Seems unlikely to me. Not to mention that Daschle and Vilsack have never done even close to this well, ever. Someone may have been stuffing the poll on behalf of all the minnows to make the leader, Al Gore, or the four frontrunners, Gore, Obama, Clark and Edwards, all have a lower percentage of the total. If that is what happened, that is actually a clever but of stuffing. I'll be able to find out when I get the poll internals.
- Speaking of Gore, he seems to be strongly leaning against running, but clearly has not ruled it out:So if you decide to run, do you think we would see the Al Gore from the movie? Or the Al Gore from 2000?
Well, I don't plan to run. I don't plan to run. And I don't expect to run.
How many times a day does somebody ask you this?
Well, I'm doing a lot of interviews and it's on the list of questions. For every one of them. And I appreciate that. I appreciate that people think enough of me still in that world to ask that question. It's true that I haven't, uh, gotten to the point where I am willing to completely rule it out for all time. But, that is really more a matter of the internal shifting of gears. I'm not making plans to run again.
But you're not ruling it out?
Uh... no. [smiles] The real bombshell in this interview is that there will be a Futurama movie. Yes!
- It certainly looks like Dodd is going to run. One advantage for Dodd appears to be that he and Howard Dean share a neck.
- Republicans complain about the media costing them elections. However, they have free reign to call Barack Obama "Hussein" without any repercussions, while if a Democrat misreads one word from a prepared speech, it is a week long national news story. We are really dealing with a bunch of bullies and whiners who have an over-developed sense of entitlement and who refuse to blame themselves for anything. For Obama's part, he is wading so deep in the Presidential waters, that at this point he is going to have to start rolling up his pant cuffs.
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