the Presidential Aspirants
Edwin D. Reilly, Jr.
for the Sunday Gazette
Although there are some interesting local
elections in a month or so, I can’t help but be enthralled by the cast
characters running for President in 2008. Most have rather interesting
names that I thought you’d like to know. First the Republicans:
Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani, a former mayor of New
York City, is the current Republican
front runner and likely to remain so because he is the best politician
bunch. He doesn’t look like a president at first glance, but I have now
several pictures of him where, when I imagine the right hat on his head
and a jaunty
cigarette cum filter in his mouth, he looks just like FDR. Rudy has
even been made
a Knight of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth, but, unlike
Sir Paul McCartney
of Macca, he is an American citizen and
not be dubbed Sir something. But he got a nice medal for his alleged
9/11, though the New York City
firemen want him to give it back.
Willard Mitt Romney, former Governor of
Massachusetts, despite being a Mormon, is,
by his own pronouncement, the only one of the first-tier Republican
who has had only one wife. With regard to impeccable dress and
appearance, he looks
like central casting sent him forth to run for President. Because he
much of his own, he is more likely than Fred Thompson to give Rudy a
Freddie Dalton “Fred” Thompson represented Tennessee in
Senate from 1994 through 2003. In 1974, Thompson was appointed minority
for the Watergate hearings at which he asked former White House aide
Alexander Butterfield whether
there had been any listening devices in the White House. Over a 20-year
career, Thompson has played in 24 movies, the best known, perhaps,
Hunt for Red October.” And in addition to his many TV appearances on
Order,” he has appeared in one episode each of “Matlock,” “Roseanne,”
and the City.” (Washington?)
Tancredo represents the 6th Congressional District of
Rudy, both of his grandparents were legal Italian immigrants, but like
Dobbs, he is obsessed with illegal immigration. He is close to zero in
Ronald Ernest Paul, a
physician, is a 10th-term Congressman from Texas. Paul ran
for president in 1998 as the
nominee for the Libertarian Party. He is pro-life, supports
trade, sharply lower taxes, smaller government, and a
foreign policy. He advocates withdrawal from NATO and the United
has called for the abolition of the federal income tax. Paul also
immigration, gun control, and the existence of many federal agencies.
voted against the Iraq War Resolution and the Patriot Act and hence has
chance of gaining the Republican nomination.
Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee is a former governor of Arkansas,
from 1996 to 2007. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister who was
born in Hope, Arkansas,
the birthplace of the
somewhat better known William Jefferson Clinton. He has proven very
the stump and, because he might have a chance of holding Arkansas
against Hillary, has a good chance
to be selected as the running mate of either Rudy or Mitt. But his
appeal to independents and Democrats would be close to nil because he
believe that either one of those people or himself evolved from
Samuel Dale Brownback, Senator from the Kansas, doesn’t believe in evolution either, favoring
of intelligent design in public schools. But he does support adult stem
research. He has questioned the current use of the death penalty as
incongruent with the notion of a “culture of life,” suggesting that it
in a much more limited fashion. Brownback opposes both the
surge in Iraq
and the Democratic Party's strategy of timed withdrawal.
John Sidney McCain III,
despite his birth in the Panama Canal Zone, is eligible
President because it was a U.S.
possession at the time. Both his father and grandfather were
U.S. Navy admirals.
prisoner of war during Vietnam,
he is now the senior Senator from Arizona.
In 1980, McCain married Cindy Hensley, moved to Phoenix, and went to work for her
Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship. When he ran for President in 2000,
well ahead among primary voters until South Carolina where, before the
term was coined in 2004,
he was swift-boated by the Bush forces.
Now for the Democrats:
Hillary Rodham Clinton? There is
nothing that I can tell you about our former first lady that you do not
know, except, perhaps, that on September 23 she set a record by
five national news talk shows. President Bush has said that she is
be nominated, and who am I to argue.
William Blaine "Bill" Richardson III is the current Governor
of New Mexico and of all candidates for either party, has by far the
experience in foreign affairs. He has served as the U.S. Ambassador to
United Nations and as Secretary of Energy. Hillary should
as her running mate, but is more likely to choose Evan Bayh or General
Clark, both of whom have now endorsed her.
Johnny Reid "John" Edwards was the Democratic nominee for
President in 2004 and a former Senator from North Carolina. After leaving Washington, DC,
Edwards family sold their Raleigh
house and moved to a 28,200 square foot home with an estimated value of
million, somewhat blunting his stance as the strongest advocate for the
should have built it from Lincoln Logs.) Nevertheless, because of
a southern accent, he has the best chance, though not a good one, to be
alternative to Hillary.
Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. is the incumbent senior
Senator from Delaware
and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Because of
sensible plan to segment Iraq,
he should be higher in the polls but just isn’t.
Christopher John Dodd is senior Senator from the state of Connecticut.
serving as the sitting chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, he
seem to raise the money needed for a serious run. And among the
base, he suffers from having supported pro-war Joe Lieberman in his
2006. And despite the similar last names, Dodd is no known
relation to the famous Elwood P. Doud, and hence is unlikely to pull a
(large) rabbit out of the hat.
Barack Hussein Obama is the junior Senator from Illinois.
He is the only African American currently serving in the U.S.
only the fifth in U.S.
history. Despite his being the most exciting
in either party; the only major candidate to have voted against the
Iraq War; my
latent endorsement in these pages a few months ago; and the strong
Oprah, he is running well behind Hillary, the wife of our first black
Dennis John Kucinich,
is a former mayor of Cleveland and current Ohio Congressman. In 2003,
was the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award. Like Rudy, Kucinich was
Catholic and has been married three times. In 2004, he was the second
debater to Al Sharpton in the Democratic presidential debates, and this
is the best. But he must know he can’t be nominated because he tells
There are two more Republican candidates, Duncan Lee
Hunter and Alan
Keyes, and another Democrat, Mike
Gravel, but neither I nor their parties have room for them.
Edwin D. Reilly, Jr. lives in Niskayuna and is a regular contributor to the