Monday, January 7, 2008
Personal Aside: The Sunday Night Fox Debate Puts Romney First, McCain on Defense, Giuliani and Thompson Strangely Quiet. Huckabee OK.
Mitt Romney came back with ferocity in the Fox New Hampshire debate while it appeared to me that John McCain had decided to throttle down his negative comments about Romney and hence appeared passive. Rudy Giuliani seemed unable to get up a head of steam. I didnt think Thompson made much of a contribution. But then the only time he seemed to was Saturday.
However while Romney scored best on points, McCain was not hurt although I am sure some consultant wrongly convinced him to put a damper on the spirit that gave him great verve on Saturday night.
Watching them I thought, given that it appears Obama could go all the way to the nomination, it would be advantageous for somebody to try to broker a ticket of McCain and Romney. If you can get these two guys to put aside the internecine warfare. McCain has the sagacious stature but he is, after all, 72. Romney at 60 would be an extraordinary vice president. I know something about people over 70 like McCain and you never know how long theyll be around. I once thought Huckabee who clearly along with Thompson and closer to McCain than Romney would be good to add some yeast to the ticketbut Huckabees intransigent continued support of Fair Tax, the creation of the Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise, is a disaster. Now that were getting used to him hes starting to bother me as a kind of evangelical slick Willie. I was not impressed with his defense of his attack on Bush in Foreign Affairs. I read the whole piece and it was far more of a devastating criticism than just about Don Rumsfeld not building up the force there. Hes starting to parse a little too much like his fellow townsman Bill Clinton.
(DIGRESSION: Switching over to the Democratic debate on ABC Saturday, the debaters world cup for assininity has been retired for all time by Bill Richardson. He first called JFK the best president in U. S. history. Then because Kennedy was the best president in American history, he was misled, he says, in thinking that Whizzer White, Kennedys Supreme Court appointment, was a good Justice. But remembering that Whizzer dissented to Roe v. Wade Richardson changed his mind. The vacuity of this statement reminds me of the adage that divine Providence has protected drunks and the United States of America from many presidential ignoramuses. END OF DIGRESSION).
I still say of this group Romney is the guy Id hire for the job of president but since this is going to be a very tough year the worst Republican-wise since 1974 maybe the strongest combination would be McCain for president and Romney for vice president. Yeah, as I write this at 10:15 p.m. Sunday after watching the debate, I think thatd be the best course. Huckabee is just too much a wild card and Fred Thompson is just slow-talkin, slow-movin old Fred who wouldnt add very much to the ticket, I think. Giuliani could be AG if one can take him at his word as a supporter of strict constructionism in judges. Thompson I would send back to the television studios. Id bring John Bolton back for secretary of state. Duncan Hunter for secretary of defense. Steve Forbes for treasury secretary. Mike Huckabee for homeland security secretary. Hows that? Mark Levin as domestic affairs counselor to the president. Peggy Noonan as White House director of communication. Laura Ingraham as secretary of health and human services. Wow, thats a helluva administration. Once Bush pardons Scooter just before his term ends, Id put him in as national security adviser.
Your comments? Lets build winning tickets on both sides. Democrats give me your rationale and Republicans postulate your arguments. Put on your strategic hats rather than your ideological ones. Act like consultants and give us your practical views on how your ticket would surpass all others.