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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Allen plays for dollars in Detroit

The Washington Post's Political Blog has this item about a fundraiser George Allen is hosting this week in Detroit featuring a litany of the NFL's owners and former stars. I believe that Allen's connection with the NFL will be very significant come 2008. The NFL is the most popular professional sport by a longshot. The average American watches and understands football, and a Presidential candidate who does the same is someone they can identify with. You might recall that during the 2004 campaign the website Football Fans for Truth lampooned John Kerry's apparent lack of knowledge about sports. It was the perception that Kerry was not a "man of the people" that helped contribute to his demise, despite Bush's unpopularity.

Allen certainly won't face the same problem that plagued Kerry, but his problem might just be that he's too much like Bush. Of course, as you can tell by the comments at the WaPo blog, Democrats keep levelling the same old attacks against Allen that failed to work against Bush such as:
"He's dumb"
"He's riding his daddy's coattails"
"His public persona is fake"
"He's corrupt"
"He smirks"
and of course the old standard "He's a racist"

What these folks don't understand is that George Allen connects with the average American in the same way George Bush does. They like him, they trust him, they identify with him. That is why George Allen is electable, and Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Al Gore are not. Until the Dems get that figured out, they'll keep losing Presidential elections.

7 Comments:

Blogger J.Sarge said...

This may be a losing exercise, but saying that John Kerry and Al Gore weren't "electable" is a little naive. It's true that neither were, in fact, elected, but both, frankly, were "electable."

Had Kerry gotten more votes in OH, something not out of the realm of possibility, he would have been President (although he would not have won the popular vote - that, however, cannot be your standard of "electability" since George W. Bush took that route, and he is "electable.")

The analysis with Gore is even more misleading. He wasn't "electable" because he won the popular vote by the millions and lost Florida by roughly 500?

Don't confuse the ability of being elected with the act of being elected.

9:51 AM

 
Blogger Old Zach said...

What I mean to say is that none of those four are electable in the 2008 race. You are right that Kerry and Gore both seemed like perfectly viable and strong candidates when they ran respectively in 2000 and 2004, but both have gone off the deep end since and if either was nominated in 08 it would be a disaster for the Dems.

I'll also say there are some Republicans who are equally unelectable like Newt Gingrich, who I greatly admire, but could never be President.

10:41 AM

 
Blogger Old Zach said...

oops, Kerry in 04, Gore in 2000. You know what I mean.

10:43 AM

 
Anonymous Old Scout said...

It's great that George Allen is trying to play up his "football credentials." Don't forget that Ole George's "credentials" include his record setting performance as a reserve quarterback at UVA when he managed to complete five passes in one half---to the opposing team! That's right sports fans, he managed 5 interceptions in 30 minutes. He was "personable" to a fault--to the other team.

Some athlete; some Governor; some senator; and, God help us, some president!

11:04 AM

 
Blogger Wyatt Coleman said...

Quite frankly, I'm holding out for an Allen-Gibbs ticket. It may be the only chance the Republican party ever has of carrying D.C. (although that may be the only place we carry too).

12:28 PM

 
Blogger J.Sarge said...

Ah, Old Zach, fair enough.

2:02 PM

 
Blogger Jonathan said...

He wasn't "electable" because he won the popular vote by the millions

Wrong. Gore won the popular vote by about 530,000 votes. At that time (and in the four years to follow), we were told by the left that this half-a-million vote margin was BIG.

Then, when Bush beat Kerry by about 3.5 million votes nationwide (roughly 6 - 7 times Gore's margin), we were told by the left that a 3.5 million vote margin was "close" and not very substantial.

Pick a position and go with it, people! :-)

You are right, though: Gore and Kerry were elect-able...just not elect-ed. The public just isn't liberal, and will likely never be. The way for a Dem to win seems to be to pretend NOT to be liberal.

9:12 AM

 

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