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A hat in the ring from New Mexico

Bill Richardson, huh?

He's the first announced or potential candidate for the 2008 presidential race who hasn't made me immediately say "NO!" (any Republican save Giuliani*, Clinton, Gore, Kerry) or "Huh?" (Vilsack, Kucinich). I don't know enough yet about any of them. But Richardson has been in the media a lot lately and what he says seems to make sense so far.

This is not an endorsement. Maybe more of a note to myself to do some research focusing on the governor.

It's still too damn early to be talking about the 2008 elections.

P.S. Over the weekend I saw the book Condi vs. Hillary : The Next Great Presidential Race by Dick Morris. It came out in late 2005. Is this still anything to pay attention to? I know Dr. Rice has said she wouldn't run. But so did Sen. Clinton until this year. Condi vs. Hillary might be fun to watch, if it was happening to some country I didn't live in that is.

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* I like Giuliani for much the same reason I liked Colin Powell: Despite being Republican, they're good, decent, competent people and apparently not in cahoots with Big Oil or the Christian extremists.

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altivo
Jan. 22nd, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Actually I find both Colin Powell and Rudi Giuliani to be very much in sync with the right wing Christian faction.

I can't believe Hillary is being so stupid. While I could live with most of her political views, she is exactly the candidate the Democrats do NOT need right now. She could well get the nomination, and she's a guaranteed loser at the voting booth (for not very good reasons, but voters are not rational.) The only way she could win would be if indeed Condi were her opponent. I don't believe the Republicans are stupid enough to let that happen. The Democrats are very prone to lemmingism, but the Republican party still runs on back room stuff and they'd stop Condi in a hurry.
songdogmi
Jan. 22nd, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
The main reason I'm against Hillary -- oh what am I saying, I have so many reasons -- but the biggest one is that all the energy in the Republican party would go toward destroying her, and all the energy of the Democrats would have to go toward saving her, just like the last four years of Bill Clinton's presidency. America cannot withstand that.

Re: Giuliani and Powell: See why I need to do more research? :) I would say they're not quite the open threat that Senator Brownback is. But that's almost like saying the smaller bomb is less of a threat than the bigger one. Either way, things go boom.
altivo
Jan. 22nd, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yes. Even if Hillary legitimately won the presidency, the Republicans hate her so much they would start some kind of scandal investigation immediately with an eye toward impeachment proceedings.

I don't really understand why people hate her, but they do and there seems to be no way around it.
songdogmi
Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
There seems to be a lot of people saying "I don't like her because ... because... well, BECAUSE." Not very rational.. Some of them may be intimidated by the fact that she's a strong, accomplished woman. That to me is the attractive thing. BUT... I think there are skeletons in the closet, still, things not completely answered that came up in Bill's first term.

That, and I think she's more interested in getting into the White House than in what she'll do once she's there. Of course, she's not the only one I'd accuse of that.
altivo
Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
That seems to be at the heart of it. She's a woman. She has strong opinions. She puts them into action. Instead of being a demure first lady with long silk gloves and focusing on entertainment and parties, she was politically active. A lot of folks, men especially, took exception to that.
bonezman
Jan. 22nd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
With all the Gaffs from the Rice.. Well.. Maybe the Republicans will consider running her, but I doubt she would stand a chance..
songdogmi
Jan. 22nd, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think they wouldn't run her because they'll probably try to find someone who wasn't closely involved with the Bush administration, to avoid anti-Bush backlash.

That, and they're not ready to let a highly educated African-American woman lead the party. That's just several leaps beyond for Republicans.
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