Tuesday, October 09, 2007

GOP debate notes

Watching the Republican debate on MSNBC, it occurred to me it’s going to be interesting to see what will happen to the Ron Paul phenomenon. He’s picking up steam, but he has no chance of getting the nomination of his corporate-to-the-bone party. With his common sense message, he’s a serious third party threat.

Who knows which party he would hurt the most? Who knows what other candidates will come out of the woodwork?

The most obvious candidate on the stage who seemed to be running for vice president was Fred Thompson. That, while Mitt Romney still looked like the man most likely to be at the top of the Republican 2008 ticket in the long run. But that’s mostly because the other guys on camera in Dearborn were so bad.

Both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain sounded like cartoons .

Maybe the smartest guys on the red side of the aisle sense the GOP simply can’t win next year, so they are sitting this one out. But that sort of thinking can lead to the unexpected.

In 1992, Bill Clinton, unlike most of the Democrats' heavy hitters, was willing to face the presumably unbeatable sitting president, George H. W. Bush, and he ran off with the nomination. Then, with the help of a quirky third party candidate, Ross Perot, he defeated the incumbent.

No comments: