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That whole Black/Woman thing isn’t a problem, I believe.

Really? I'm astonished. I would also have thought "Unmarried" would be a problem, as well. I've enormous respect for your insight, and I wonder if you can elaborate on this. It is directly contrary to my impression of a significant part of the Southern base.


I kept waiting for the other name: Rudy Giuliani. Granted, he has an even steeper hill to climb with conservatives than McCain. But he announced earlier this week that he's thinking seriously about running. So let's put Giuliani on the list and chew over his chances.


Isn't Condi Rice pro-choice, albeit quietly so? This by itself will render her unacceptable to the Republican base.


She's also in favor of affirmative-action, I think.

Nicholas Beaudrot

You left out my favorite dark horse candidate: Mike Huckabee! I see he was on the Colbert Report, looking plenty affable and not talking about his extreme right-wing views on social issues.


Newt is the Feingold of the GOP field. While both can conceivably make a lot of noise, both can't actually win due to personal issues - in Newt's case the multiple bad divorces.

Paul -V-

Jeb Bush.

He has to run, he doesn't have a choice.

And, thanks to BBV, neither do the rest of us.


Ironic: if Condi Rice was a white man, no one would mention her as a possible Presidential candidate.

Chris D.

Rudy is the only one who can plausibly string out 9/11 for another four to eight years. It's still a gold mine of political capital for him because he can put on a credible maudlin routine over it and not come off abusing it like W. He's formed a big legal partnership with the Houston law firm of W.'s biggest backer. (See http://www.bracewellgiuliani.com/.) So, he's tied into the entire Bush machine. McCain is a head-fake. True conservatives may not like him, but their money doesn't determine the viability of the early runners. He is popular with the big money types who just want to string out the tax cuts by any means necessary. So, he crowds out the other guys early and clears the path for Giuliani who will completely transform his persona. Then he gets the SecDef slot if Giuliani wins. You heard it here first.


Condi: black + woman + unmarried = I don't think so!

Jeb - what are you smoking? Enough with the Bushes, already!

nick s

One point about Condi: as an appointed for-pol wonk, she's never had to run for election, and as such, has never had to play the Jebus card to the masses. Can you think of a time when Condi has mentioned religion? For those with a stake in a crypto-theocratic nominee, that's far more of a problem than her sex or race.

Nicholas Beaudrot

I wrote about some other names here:


In particular, I always wonder why Mike Huckabee doesn't get more buzz. Giuliani and Jeb too, though perhaps there will be too much "Bush fatigue" to permit Jeb to run.

Hal O'Brien

Interesting that the entry for George Allen is applicable, word-for-word, to Dubya.


the whole black woman thing....
huh, yeah I'm sure the republican base has no problem with that.

as everyone else has noted, Rice cannot be sold to rock solid republican votes. Offering her as a candidate would solidify any feelings of possible betrayal they may have felt over the last few years. they would take their votes, go home, and they would not return until Falwell was in the running.

She won't get anyone that is in the anti-bush crowd, as most of the U.S is now, because she works for him, she is definitely touched by his reputation. Also if anyone got dirty and mentioned the time she referred to him as her husband... hooo boy!


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