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[personal profile] columbinawrote a thing about the candidates, and that reminded me that I had written something sort of along the same lines last week and never did post it, because I only got around to doing the Republican side, and I really intended to do both. But I think it's safe to assume I'll get around to the Democrats later.

So here's the Republicans, in alphabetical order:
Guiliani - I think of him as sort of a cipher wrapped in a 9/11 flag. Presumably has the money to stay in this despite the various kerfluffles about his abortion views and his ex-wife and so forth. But I'm thinking the decision to skip Iowa and New Hampshire is going to bite him in the ass.
Huckabee - Like Bush in a lot of ways: a Southern governor, not very experienced, and scarily conservative behind the aw-shucks manner. Given that he's a preacher, I'm inclined to assume that he is genuinely religious in a way Bush is not. (And I know that last is highly debatable but that's not the point right now.) In a way, that makes him even scarier than Bush to me. My fear of him, however, is dwarfed by that of the mainstream Republican party, which is terrified - Huckenfreude, one political blogger called it. However, given that Iowa's about the most religious place out there, I'm inclined to think that it might have been his one big shining moment. I could be wrong about that, of course.
McCain - hanging in there, rather surprisingly (and as of last night, rather more than just that). A war hero, but so was Kerry, and look how that came out. Old, compared to the others, and not quite as conservative; he's the Republican I could possibly be persuaded to vote for should the Democrats go crazy and nominate somebody completely unacceptable to me. (Which is unlikely at this point, I'm not in love with any of them but I am still swayable.)
Paul  - I wouldn't bother to discuss him, except that as it happens, he's my Congressman, and has been for years - and I still don't know very much about him, which is rather extraordinary in itself. Until this year, he's had a positive genius for flying under the radar and still managing to get reelected, even though his Libertarian views would be considered by a lot of people to be pretty nutty.
Romney - the only thing much out of the ordinary about him is the Mormonism; otherwise, sort of a sheep in Republican wolves' clothing - that is, not quite as conservative as he tries to make you think. Apparently considered good-looking, although I am not seeing it. But then I can't stand the guy.
Thompson - the only thing remotely interesting about him is (sometimes) his acting. Politically, middle-of-the-road and boring. Trying to be Ronald Reagan and failing pretty spectacularly. I think if he gets elected, then any old actor can get elected. For all we know, Steve Buscemi may be next.

Date: 2008-01-09 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crickwooder.livejournal.com
I would vote for Steve Buscemi. In fact, I believe that together, Steve Buscemi and Phillip Seymour Hoffman should be our new overlords. With Samuel L. Jackson as head of law enforcement.

Mostly, I am glad I quit my job and don't have to field calls from the Ron Paul nutcases anymore.

Date: 2008-01-09 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] profrobert.livejournal.com
"Huckabeefreude" should mean joy over Huckabee, not fear of him. "Freude" means "joy" in German.

Thompson's actually very conservative, but Huckabee occupied that field. I'm actually amazed at how badly Thompson ran his campaign and how awful he looks -- he just seems like a tired, old man.

Giuliani's not a cipher to us in New York. He was, on balance, a good mayor, notwithstanding his awful excesses, but he'd be a disaster as president. Best line I ever heard about Giuliani: He's a little man in search of a balcony.

Date: 2008-01-10 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
I didn't invent "huckenfreude" but it's intended to be a play on "schadenfreude" (and I'm guessing you probably know that perfectly well). I know it doesn't make much sense in German, but oh well.

I wrote this thing in about a minute and a half the other night - Thursday night, while I was watching the Iowa coverage. (It had a bunch of disclaimers at the beginning but I jettisoned all that in the interim.) When I said Thompson was middle-of-the-road I really just meant he was so uninteresting I haven't even bothered to check up on what his politics are - although I did have at least a vague idea that he was quite conservative, actually.

I really wanted to like Guiliani more than I do, but that hasn't worked out. And if you don't live in New York, then he's a cipher because all you hear about him is that he talks about 9/11 all the time, that he's pro-abortion and then that whole business about his various wives comes up. Nobody ever acts interested in what he thinks on any other subject. Of course I watch CNN and fits and starts and I'm sure at some point they've brought up his positions on other things, but if they did I managed to miss it!

(I am about half asleep so I'm not sure this post is too coherent either. Anyway, I don't think Giuliani is liable to get a chance to mess up the presidency, unless things change dramatically again.)

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