Wednesday, September 30, 2009

About That

Conor Friedersdorf, speculating on which Republicans could win the 2012 race, offers this headscratcher:
My somewhat uninformed guesses: David Petraeus and Colin Powell (who’d have all kinds of difficulty winning the primary). These accomplished generals share one related trait: deep credibility as men who are serious about national security, enabling them to run as sane, experienced stewards, rather than bellicose idiots so desperate to seem toughest on terrorism that they spend the primaries calling for “doubling Gitmo” and competing to see who would torture in more contrived ticking time bomb situations.

They’re also both post-partisan figures of the kind that Americans seem to like, haven’t got long voting records to be picked apart, and can nevertheless credibly claim more executive experience than President Obama.

I have to say, I can't imagine executive experience being a real clincher when you're running against an incumbent President.

1 comment:

Lukas said...

Haha. But do you think it's in any way possible? I've always considered Powell as a viable candidate. That would certainly put a twist on the presidency. Kind of scary, too.