November 5, 2004


WHAT ABOUT '08? (John DiStaso, 11/05/04, Manchester Union Leader)

The 2008 Republican Presidential sweepstakes began weeks ago. We saw former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigning hard for Bush.

What we didn't see was "rock star" Rudy privately chumming up to Gregg, who becomes an even more important would-be endorsement with no Republican governor here for at least two years.

Sen. John McCain will return to the state in two weeks. He won't be campaigning for Bush this time.

Largely uncovered, because it was a noncompetitive primary, was that these guys were here in February stumping for Bush, and themselves, too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2004 1:16 PM

Frist. Leaves the Senate at the end of his term in 06 and is made VP to replace Cheney.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 5, 2004 6:30 PM

McCain is on the inside track because he played the good soldier during the campaign without a single negative stain on his centrist reputation. He enhanced his standing with party regulars as well as with independents.

Posted by: Bart at November 5, 2004 7:11 PM

As long as McCain stops playing kissy face and coordinating tantrums with the Maine Twins, Link and Arlen. Now that the majority if 5 votes, there's no point in playing prima donna, and if McCain can get that, he just might have a chance. On the other hand, his never having held any other job but Senator is a distinct negative.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 5, 2004 10:05 PM

'Never having held any other job but Senator'???

He is a retired Navy Admiral and undeniably a war hero. That pretty much trumps spending your life in the political vineyards, tending to your own political viability like a certain sleazeoid from Arkansas, who is the Voldemort of American politics.

Posted by: Bart at November 5, 2004 11:38 PM

No executive experience Bart.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at November 6, 2004 5:41 AM

In America, war hero status puts you on the fast track.

Posted by: Bart at November 6, 2004 11:26 AM

McCain's father and grandfather were admirals, but McCain's top rank was probably lieutenant commander, or maybe commander. A long way from flag rank.

He is the front-runner.

Posted by: J Baustian at November 8, 2004 12:00 AM