Monday, October 01, 2007

They're All Just Weird

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.

1 comment:

rickmonday said...

Dave,

Unfortunately, I have to agree with you on this. McCain is probably the weirdest one of all. Guiliani wont make it out of the primaries, Romney may have the best shot but he has no grass roots support and if you take away his personal donations to his campaign his coffers are low. Hunter, no one knows who he is.

But I agree with your premise that it is GWB's fault. He had a chance to start a long GOP run and instead, like Cedric Benson, fumbled the ball.

The only shot, and it is a long one, for the GOP to win is if the base comes out to vote AGAINST Hillary. I know that is not a good reason to vote but right now it is the only shot they have.

Go Hillary!