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May 14, 2005


Are these the same GOP geniuses who saw Phil Gramm running away with the 1996 nomination?


I can think of several candidates Bob and his DC buddies missed, such as . . .

Assuming he wins the job in 2006: Ohio would-be-Governor Ken Blackwell
Jeb Bush
Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich (he'd have to be re-elected, of course)
Minnesota Governor Bob(?) Pawlenty
Lamar Alexander (you really think he won't try again?)
Colorado Governor Bill Owens
Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo

And of course, after the necessary heart transplant (insert conspiracy theory hear)
Dick Cheney

Can any of them win? It's way too early to tell, but I wouldn't call it a lock for Allen, or even call Allen the favorite at this stage of the game.

I'm not convinced Allen is a great candidate either, but calling his ownership of a noose "racially insensitive" is a stretch. He was obviously panicky about it too with that lasso defense, but that doesn't change the fact that nooses were common to executions of all races in the Old West. But I wouldn't be surprised to see your characterization taken up, should Allen be a serious candidate in 2008, just as Bush opponents accused him of complicity in the Texas dragging death by his refusal to sign a hate-crimes bill (which would have done nothing to stiffen the penalty).

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