Jan 302008

The Republicans are holding another debate Hillary Bash tonight. It’ll be on CNN at 8:00 pm ET (7:00 pm CT). I’m told there will be four participants.

Mitt Romney - John McCain
Mitt Romney - John McCain

I know that John McCain and Mitt Romney will be there, but somebody actually had to remind me who the other two participants will be. Ready? Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. Who knew those two were still in this thing? And why?

Okay, Huck is probably looking for the vice presidential spot on the McCain ticket (just in case Rudy turns it down), but why in the world is Ron Paul sticking around?

McCain/Giuliani or McCain/Huckabee… could the Democrats possibly wish for a better year? (Well, yes they could… any ticket with the name Romney on it.)

If you’re planning on watching the “debate” tonight, you are required (you know) to participate in The Drinking Game (especially if you are a Mormon who supports Flipper Romney). Every time one of the candidates says “Hillary” you must take a drink of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. Let me warn you beforehand… you are going to have one hell of a hangover in the morning.

If you really want to have fun, add “Reagan” to your drinking list. Since the event is being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, you can bet his name will come up a lot. Conservatives just love them some Reagan!

No love lost between these two
No love lost between these two

UPDATE: I watched the debate tonight, believe it or not. I was wrong on the Hillary thing; not one of them mentioned her once. But boy howdy was I right on the Reagan thing. I tried to keep track of how many times his name was deployed, but I lost count. And let me just say this to you Republicans out there: You have got to be kidding! This is the best you have to offer? That’s just sad.

If I had to pick a winner of tonight’s debate, I would say it was a toss-up between Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. Though they were wrong in most of what they said, they did give clear and well thought out answers (when they were given the opportunity to speak, which was rarely). Mitt Romney and John McCain came off looking like weak, argumentative and poorly educated children.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be debating tomorrow evening (same time, same station). I hope they were watching tonight. It was the perfect example of what they should not do and how they should not behave. I hope the Republicans have sense enough to be embarrassed for their leading candidates tonight. From what I witnessed, I don’t think the candidates have the intelligence to be embarrassed for themselves.

John McCain: “I’m old, tired and cranky. I hate Mitt Romney. Elect me.”
Mitt Romney: “I’m rich and it’s my turn. I hate John McCain. Elect me.”
Ron Paul: “I’m just old, tired and cranky.”
Mike Huckabee: “I’m cute and witty. God loves me. Elect me.”
All: “I loved Ronald Reagan more than you did. So there. Elect me.”

Update: The John and Flipper show. (These are the guys who want to be your president.)

Flipper channels Ronnie:

Jan 302008

At least John McCain wouldn’t be the oldest candidate running. Nader will turn 74 on February 27th of this year. (McCain will be 72 on August 29th.)

Ralph Nader Flirts with Presidential Bid

Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader has formed a presidential exploratory committee, and said in an interview Wednesday that he will launch another presidential bid if he’s convinced he can raise enough money to appear on the vast majority of state ballots this fall.

Nader, who ran as an independent candidate in each of the past three presidential elections, told ABCNews.com that he will run in 2008 if he is convinced over the next month that he would be able to raise $10 million over the course of the campaign — and attract enough lawyers willing to work free of charge to get his name on state ballots.

Nader said he established an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission and launched a Web site after Dennis Kucinich, a liberal Ohio congressman, announced his decision to withdraw from the presidential race last week.

He was set to announce that he had formed an exploratory committee Wednesday, even before former Sen. John Edwards made it known that he’d be ending his candidacy. But with Edwards — who has made economic populism and ending poverty cornerstones of his campaign — leaving the Democratic field, Nader said, he feels his candidacy is more urgent than ever.

I have no doubt that the old lunatic could raise $10 million. There are enough rich Republicans out there that would give him at least that much if they thought it would keep the Democrats from winning the White House this year. (It won’t.) Getting lawyers to work for free, though, is another question entirely.

Jan 302008

Both John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani will be exiting the presidential race today. We knew last night that Giuliani was quitting, but Mr. Edwards comes as a bit of a surprise. Of the two, he is the one I am sorry to see leave. I thought he would stick it out at least through Super Tuesday.

Edwards to Quit Presidential Race

John Edwards
John Edwards

DENVER (AP) – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies, The Associated Press has learned.

The two-time White House candidate notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two aides. The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning – Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

The former North Carolina senator will not immediately endorse either candidate in what is now a two-person race for the Democratic nomination, said one adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement. Clinton said Wednesday that Edwards called her to inform her about his decision.[..]

John and Elizabeth
John and Elizabeth

Edwards waged a spirited top-tier campaign against the two better-funded rivals, even as he dealt with the stunning blow of his wife’s recurring cancer diagnosis. In a dramatic news conference last March, the couple announced that the breast cancer that she thought she had beaten had returned, but they would continue the campaign.

Their decision sparked a debate about family duty and public service. But Elizabeth Edwards remained a forceful advocate for her husband, and she was often surrounded at campaign events by well-wishers and emotional survivors cheering her on.

Edwards planned to announce his campaign was ending with his wife and three children at his side. Then he planned to work with Habitat for Humanity at the volunteer-fueled rebuilding project Musicians’ Village, the adviser said.

With that, Edwards’ campaign will end the way it began 13 months ago – with the candidate pitching in to rebuild lives in a city still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Edwards embraced New Orleans as a glaring symbol of what he described as a Washington that didn’t hear the cries of the downtrodden.

Remarks of John Edwards Today in New Orleans:

This second story comes as no surprise whatsoever. Rudy Giuliani was considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination until he started campaigning and people got to know him. The more they saw him, the less they liked him.

Giuliani to Exit Presidential Race Today

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Rudy Giuliani told supporters Wednesday he’s abandoning his bid for president and backing Republican rival and longtime friend John McCain.

“I spoke with Rudy Giuliani this morning and he confirmed that he is dropping out of the race and will endorse Senator John McCain for president,” New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno said in a statement.

Once the Republican presidential front-runner, Giuliani suffered a debilitating defeat in Tuesday’s Florida primary.

The former mayor finished a distant third to the winner, McCain, and close second-place finisher Mitt Romney. After the results, Republican officials had said Giuliani would endorse McCain on Wednesday in California.