1. Fogle says:

    President Steele? I can see it. He’s definitely impressed me over the last few months. If he can pull off a huge win today, and has a good first year in the Senate, then I’m totally on board.

  2. DougieFresh says:

    I think he would be considered for a VP slot, but I doubt he could win the nomination for President. Of course with the warmed over corpses they are considering to be front runners, I could be completely wrong.

  3. Demonbeck says:

    I would have to add, that I would put him on the short list behind a re-elected Sonny Perdue and a relected Mark Sanford.

  4. leftrightcombo says:

    He looked good compared to the Dem. he was running against. He seemed very knowledgable about the issues in his state. I don’t know how that will carry over to the national scene. I do think that the current slate of people running is poor.

  5. bird says:

    demonbeck–I didn’t know you had had input on “the short list.”

    I think even a brief inclusion on “the short list” would do wonders for my career, earning potential and esteem in the eyes of my wife. How about I buy you dinner at Chops to discuss??

  6. David says:

    Demon, are you saying Sonny on a short list for the VP slot? Hell, he can barely walk and chew gum at the same time. He’s fine for barely managing our backasswards state, but him on a national ticket? That’s like putting a tuxedo on a hog! I’m sure the Guv thanks you but as Clint Eastwood said, “A man has to know his limitations…”

  7. Demonbeck says:


    I’ll be happy to eat on your dime at Chops – how about I pencil you in for sometime after Debbie buys me that steak dinner she promised in July?

  8. John Galt says:

    I don’t see any presidential contender considering Sonny for VP. Sanford would be a good choice, given the timing of the SC primary. Steele would be another great choice, esp. is Obama runs (or is the Dem’s VP choice). The Dems will of course make the mistake of running nobody from the South, and now that Warner is out a NYC-Chicago Dem ticket is a distinct possibility. Thatis what will make Sanford attractive to the eventual GOP nominee. Of course, if the Dems were smart they would choose a southern or western state governor as VP, but that is giving them too much credit. They see one thing in Obama – race. That’s the circle-the-wagons approach, and that is why the GOP presidential nominee will win in 2008.

  9. David says:

    Another potential short list guy for the Dem’s VP slot will be Bill Richardson of NM. He will win re-election today as Gov and is a sharp guy with alot of international experience. Don”t think Obama will be quite ready, but he is without a doubt THE shining star for the Dems future. Maybe Obama for VP or Warner…

  10. gatormathis says:

    John Kerry is still considered a front runner in many circles. He is always apologetic in his endeavors. He has a rich wife who isn’t a glaamour queen, so she isn’t considered a threat.

    And as long as folks buy Heinz, he should have enough start-up cash to get the ball rolling.

  11. David says:

    I think Kerry, thanks to his latest cranial-rectal insertion, is toast! To think that clod was almost president is frightening.

  12. Bull Moose says:

    Demonbeck… I think you’re getting a little dreamy talking about Perdue on a National Ballot…

    Sanford, yes, I could see that. He would be a good companion to John McCain.

  13. Bill Arp says:

    Steele for president? That is a joke, the first thing african americans will do is shun his republican affiliation. You have got to be kidding yourself if you think the Republican Party would consider putting an african american as their VP….

  14. David says:

    Bill, the Repubs were falling all over themselves to get Colin Powell to challenge Clinton for the TOP JOB in 96 and for him to run again in 2000 precisely because he WAS a hugely qualified black guy. Smart as hell, conservative for the most part. Same with Condi. Same for Steele or Watts. I don’t think the Repubs are bigoted in this area.

  15. DougieFresh says:

    It’s less of a matter if Republican’s are racists in regards to Steel, but whether Independents are. Republicans would probably vote for their own party even if they are against the race of the person in the VP slot. Its the individuals who are uncommitted that will most influenced.

    The Republican’s best shot at extending their majority is with blacks. When a demographic votes 90-10 against you, it is the area where the most growth is possible, and it is also the area that can hurt your oponent the most. If the black vote was only 70-30, it is unlikely a Democrat would ever be elected president again, and most likely the Republicans would have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

    And, the thing is, it would be good for blacks. Since the black vote is considered set for the Democrats, there is little reason for Democrats to work to keep their vote, and the Republicans have little reason to try to sway votes from a demographic that has been so hostile to them. However, if the black vote was “in play”, even to a small degree, that demographic would become the most powerful in the country.

    Instead, “black leaders” have relegated black voters into the political nether-regions, where they will likely stay until people like Steele, Clarence Thomas and Condoleezza Rice are not longer looked upon as “traitors”.

  16. John Galt says:

    A conservative black male GOP presidential nominee would drive the Dems moonbat crazy and he would cruise to victory. And – he wouldn’t need the support of even a majority of black voters to win.

  17. Bill Arp says:

    You nominate Steele and you lose big votes in the south…and you also have every black thinking that Steele is a turncoat…..His nomination would be the Democrats dream….you have seen black on black crime they will go after their own fiercely if they get out of line…..I can hear Hilary now, go ahead make my day!

  18. Demonbeck says:


    You seem to think that everyone in the South is blindingly racist. Perhaps you should move away from the Peachtree Center every once in a while to meet some folks.

  19. drjay says:

    do you think southerners are going to go “oh look honey there’s a negro on the ticket” and then vote for who–hillary–i don’t think so–and i remember a vignette from 96 when there was talk of powell running and –i believe it was the wall street journal, although it could have been the sav’h morning news that had a story about black attitude toward a poweel candidacy and a grnadmother of color was quoted and made a comment to the effect of not being a republican and not agreeing w/ powell being one but she could not imagine how on earth she could tell her grandson that she had a chance to elect a black man president of the united states and chosen not to do so–so she would have voted gop and supported powell for prez…

  20. drjay says:

    the gop had a chance to make real inroads w/ african american this time around but kinda shot themselves in the foot w/ flawed candidates in pa and ohio

  21. DougieFresh says:

    Dr Jay,

    Carriage returns are your friend.

    I don’t think Blackwell is flawed, it was Taft and his cronies that were flawed. Blackwell needed to come out and demand that Taft resign and that the Republicans be held accountable for their mishandling of the State.

    Unfortunately, he was too loyal to the Republicans.

    I am from Ohio and always liked Blackwell, and thought he had a bright future. Taft and the other Ohio Republican Party criminals and RINO’s have ruined that.

  22. Demonbeck says:

    Yeah, Taft and Ney (among others) screwed Blackwell – a great candidate – and his opportunity to become a national figure.

    However, they still remain less corrupt than THE Ohio State University’s athletic program.

  23. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Most Southerners I know are not racist. Bill Arp. I do not know where you live or where you are from but where I grew up in N. GA noone was racist. We do not even know that word.

    Hell TN is close to electing Harold Ford Jr. And arnt they equal to Ala. when it come to race issues?

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