The Other McCain

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A. Two Famous Politicians Who Make Headlines But Will Never Be President

Posted on | January 7, 2011 | 6 Comments

Q. Who are John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani?

Politico has to rely on the National Enquirer as a source for their “John Edwards to Marry His Baby Mama” story. As the man famously said, there are “Two Americas,” and in the liberal America where people used to take Edwards seriously, he’s now just the punchline to a preposterous joke. Of course, out here in the other America, where people have common sense, Silky Pony was always a joke.

As to this “Rudy 2012” nonsense — well, that’s what it is, nonsense. It was also nonsense in 2008, yet there were enough idiots who took it seriously that Rudy collected $59 million to win zero delegates. (Give me $59 million so I can run for president, and I’m pretty sure I could get at least one delegate, maybe in South Carolina.)

Other than providing employment to opportunistic GOP operatives willing to collect a paycheck from a big-name campaign, what did Giuliani’s 2008 presidential candidacy accomplish? It sucked up a lot of media and money and debate time just so Rudy could remind people that Republicans don’t like terrorists and dictators. And sucked up just enough votes to help John McCain win Florida.

I got nothing against Giuliani, honestly, but I’ve got $20 that says Herman Cain will get more Iowa caucus votes than Rudy, and I doubt there’s anyone who knows anything about politics who’ll take that bet.

UPDATE: Ace of Spades:

“The Republican Party is a right-side party, period, and this idea that a moderate ‘savior’ is going to come in and win is silly.”

In that post, Ace expresses a moderate pro-choice position that tempted me to write a separate post with the headline, “Why Does Ace ♥ Baby-Killers?” or maybe, “Why Is Ace of Spades Promoting ‘States Rights’ Like Lester Maddox?”

But the traffic suckage hasn’t reached the stage where I feel the need to gin up a phony flame war just to get hits.



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