Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Presidential fantasy draft

With NFL fans having spent the last week in their offices, pretending to do work, but secretly mulling over stat sheets like GMs with overactive salivary glands, I thought about who a first round draft pick for President would be.

Of course there are basically only two teams in this league, with a couple small also-rans like so many CFL and CBA teams. So who is your fantasy presidential candidate?

Lets lay some ground rules to keep this sane:

1. Must be or have been active in a major party (although may have since defected). It's like an athlete who goes to a major Div I school getting a major leg up in visibility (that is before the NBA started getting its top recruits from high school and other countries).

2. Must be or have been in an elected or appointed government position. Like rule #1, this ensures they have the proper (or at least appropriate) training for the sport/position.

3. Must be alive.

4. Must not be a former president, but could be a former candidate.

5. Must have some kind of viability (take that for what you will).

So whatcha got? I can't really imagine who a Dem would choose (but I'm sure you'll inform me). Do you already have your dream candidate in Obama? Was Hillary a dream candidate at one point? What about Feingold?
  • Right now, and I'm certainly not alone, but Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) has a very attractive track record, and movement conservatives are a-twitter with rumors that he is a short-list veeper for McCain. Even if he's not chosen, he has good reason to think he could be heir apparent in 8 years, but what to do between the end of his term as governor to stay in the public eye? RNC chairmanship?
  • Of course, dating back to about 2000 or so, myself and fellow travelers have been yearning for former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), and the intervening years only confirmed that the wrong Bush was elected, and left us reeling for a "what could've been" world. Some still hold out hope for him in 4 years, but with his recent overtures towards non-political office (NFL commissioner?), he may be signaling that he's off the market.
  • Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC). Another red meat candidate for the VRWC. Young enough and wonkish enough to energize an apathetic Republican base.
  • Other possibles: Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Gov. Matt Blunt (R-MO), and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) (he's been promising so far in his first couple special sessions, which is in contrast to his completely listless time in Congress).


haahnster said...

Al Gore. Hell, he was even elected President once already.

stridewideman said...

Patrick Fitzgerald, Special Prosecutor Illinois. Unfailingly honest, smart, tough, and tough as a junkyard dog. Non-partisan in his ass-kicking, too.

He took Scooter out, but unfortunately couldn't go the distance to take Rove. Still, he's the best guy left in government today now that my former fave, Eliot Spitzer has self-immolated.