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January 23, 2006

And The Republican Nominee In 2008 Will Be. . .

Right Wing News polled 230 right-of-center bloggers asking them who they prefer for the Republican presidential nomination.

Of course, they didn't ask me, because I prefer to be politically unpredictable, and besides, I'm still debating between this guy and this, uhhh, guy.

Anyway, if you want to see the list for yourself, go read it via Wuzzadem, which is where I found the link (hey, send traffic where it's deserved, ya know).

My thoughts? It's still a little early. My gut says 2008 will be a surprise nominee year for both parties. Much like Bill Clinton came out of nowhere in 1992, methinks that the eventual nominee for at least one party will be someone nobody really expects right now, making all the McCain/Rudy/Hillary talk so much bunkum.

Besides, when it comes to the GOP, we still don't know who President Bush wants as his anointed successor. Given Cheney's unwillingness to run, we're in a bit of a strange place. There's no guarantee, of course, that President Bush's preference will matter in the primaries, but it's definitely an important data point that's still missing at this stage in the game.

My favorite dark horses? George Allen for the GOP and Mark Warner for the Dems. Yeah, I may be biased because they're both Virginia boys, but they're both quiet achievers from a very diverse state. Allen might be *too* quiet-- he hasn't been helped by recent Republican struggles here in the Old Dominion. Warner, while as tax happy as any Democrat, isn't an irrational lunatic (which, let's be honest, probably keeps him from getting the Democratic nomination).

Oh, and one other prediction: there is no circumstance, on any planet, in any galaxy, that John McCain is the Republican nominee. If I'm wrong about this, I'll shut up about politics for the next four years, but I'll swear on the mercy of the Great Cthulhu that there's just no way that is happening.

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posted by Dave From Garfield Ridge at 04:32 PM

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