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Tue Oct 23 23:25:39 MDT 2007

Free Congress Foundation Commentary:

Presidential Candidates­A Gore Surprise?
By Paul M. Weyrich
October 23, 2007

Lots of folks are commenting on the Presidential 
candidates these days. I figured it was my turn. 
Why not? I have seen the candidates up close as 
much as any of those who have shot from the hip. 
Since I have arthritis in my hips, I figure my 
comments will be even more caustic than those of former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

First, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). She 
is the front runner, which is dangerous. Do you 
remember when William J. (Bill) Clinton, with 
Hillary advising him, would come out on top and 
then blow it? It was only when Clinton was the 
underdog that things went well. This is a 
dangerous time for Hillary because things are going too well.

Second, former Vice President Albert A. (Al) 
Gore, Jr. I mention him because he recently won 
the Nobel Peace Prize. He is not a candidate but 
until he publicly states that he would not accept 
a draft his name will continue to float. There 
are people who want to draft Gore, which could be Hillary’s worst nightmare.

Third, Senator Barack H. Obama (D-IL). He is 
young and exciting. Unfortunately, his 
youthfulness translates to inexperience. Is it too early for him?

Fourth, Former Senator John R. Edwards (D-NC). 
Why he has remained competitive in Iowa but 
nowhere else remains a mystery. Maybe Iowans envy 
$400 haircuts on the prairie.

Fifth, Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM). He is the 
Hispanic candidate, which is why he remains in 
contention, more likely for Vice President than for President.

Sixth, Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE). Why 
he remains a candidate is unclear. Many think he 
would like to be Secretary of State in Hillary’s Administration.

Now for the Republicans:

First, Rudolph W. (Rudy) Giuliani, the “Nation’s 
Mayor.” If Republicans were electing a national 
mayor Giuliani would be a shoo-in. Yes, he is 
leading nationally but he is behind in the first four primaries.

Second, Fred D. Thompson.  Never in modern 
politics has there been a greater buildup and 
never has there been a greater letdown. Thompson 
has been everyone’s hope in the lead up to his 
campaign but now everyone’s fear as he has proved to be less than expected.

Third, former Governor Mitt Romney. If he had not 
flip-flopped and were not a Mormon he would be 
the ideal candidate. He yet may be. He looks and 
sounds like a President. As time continues folks 
seem to be forgetting about his flip-flopping but 
his religion is alive and well in the south. 
There is an effort to gather Evangelical leaders 
with Romney. We will see if that helps with folks 
who insist that Mormonism is a cult.

Fourth, Senator John S. McCain, III (D-AZ). He 
was the front runner but did himself in. 
Supposedly his campaign is coming back, which I 
doubt. McCain-Feingold won’t be forgiven by 
conservatives. His campaign is teetering. His 
chances are slim-to-none even if he wins New Hampshire.

Fifth, former Governor Mike Huckabee. He is a 
brilliant orator who has parlayed a second-place 
finish in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll into near 
first-tier status. He would be doing better if he 
did not have a penchant for saying the wrong 
things, thus making enemies of potential friends.

There remain two others, further on the sidelines.

Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO). I hate to say 
this but he really doesn't belong on that debate 
stage. He speaks well and takes positions which 
Republicans should be taking. His former 
chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee 
gives him a national platform but not a national 
organization or the ability to raise money. He is fading from the scene.

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX). It is too bad some 
of the ideas he advocates are strange because 
many of the things he says makes sense. Because 
he is a Libertarian he has enough money to stay 
around for a time. His overall showing is the 
major surprise of the political season.

The upshot is that none of the GOP candidates, 
except perhaps Romney, is really exciting to at 
least a portion of the grassroots. At this stage, 
that is not good news for a party which will have trouble winning anyway.

Among the Democratic candidates, the fact that 
many people, including former President Jimmy 
Carter, are urging Gore to run is also an 
indication that not all is sanguine on the 
Democratic side. Should Gore succumb to a draft 
it would be bad news for the Republicans. They 
might defeat Clinton because she is such a 
polarizing figure. Gore, who in 2000 won the most 
number of popular votes by one half million, 
would be very difficult to defeat. Many believe 
he was cheated out of his last race. That would 
give him an emotional edge this time. We shall see.

Paul M. Weyrich is Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation

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