Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Friday, February 03, 2006
We now have an early leader in the Republican race for 2008. William Polley is one of several bloggers to have picked up this recent tidbit from an interview of George Allen:
But in Washington, Bernanke] is barely on some people's radar screens. Indeed, here is what Senator George Allen of Virginia, who is considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said when asked his opinion of the Bernanke nomination.
Told that Mr. Bernanke was up for the Fed chairman's job, Mr. Allen hedged a little, said he had not been focused on it, and wondered aloud when the hearings would be. Told that the Senate Banking Committee hearings had concluded in November, the senator responded: "You mean I missed them all? I paid no attention to them."
This puts Senator Allen in at least a two touchdown lead in the "acting Presidential (Republican standards)" category. Even this early in the game, the lead may be unsurmountable.
Senator Allen's VP pick is clear. Since McCain doesn't want the job, he'll undoubtedly go with Lynn Swann. This is in keeping with the standard GOP practice of practicing affirmative action to demonstrate that their opposition to affirmative action isn't racist, Swann comes from a swing state with plenty of electoral votes, and he's one of the few Republicans whose accomplishments Allen is familiar with.