2008 is shaping up to be a really interesting year in presidential politics -and we're still in the last quarter of 2007 to go.
At the risk of this being dismissed as a purely partisan comment, I have to say the the Republican bench is, well, weird. I don't think I've seen a collection candidates so quirky and even downright out of touch as the bunch we have here. And this goes beyond partisanship. I may have disagreed with a Bob Dole or Ronald Reagan of George Bush the First on the issues, but I never thought them weird. No so the current bunch.
Kevin Drum has a good post on one example. Rudy Giuliani has developed this weird (there's that word again) penchant for taking cell phone calls from his wife DURING CAMPAIGN SPEECHES. He's done it something like 40 times. And Giuliani says the calls are legit, not political theater (and even if it was political theater it would still be, you guessed it, weird).
I don't know if this crop of Republicans is just the manifestation of the disastrous Bush II presidency and the party will, next time around, right (no pun intended) itself, or if it is a prelude to even worse days to come, but there is something really, umm, weird about the standard bearers this time around.