Skip to comments.Buckling His Chin Strap (George Allen For President)
Posted on 11/11/2005 1:40:09 PM PST by CarlEOlsoniii
Sen. George Allen is standing on the sideline of an empty Giants Stadium about an hour-and-a-half before the 1 p.m. start of a New York Jets vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. His brother Bruce is general manager of the Bucs, so Allen is here to root on the family team.
A guy with a vest reading FIELD PHOTO comes up to him: "You're going to be a tall president," he says, smiling. Allen laughs and they banter about the senator's height. He is commonly called 6' 4", but he is quick to note he is more like 6' 31/2" or 3 ", explaining that you never want to be inaccurate or to be seen as exaggerating. It is an unremarkable interaction, but the photographer has hit on something important: Standing there, basically unnoticed, soaking in the pre-game vibe, is quite possibly the next president of the United States.
It is not hard to do a calculation that says at this early stage in the '08 race George Allen has perhaps a better chance of winning the nomination than any other Republican. He combines the people skills of a Bill Clinton, with the convictions of a Ronald Reagan, with the non-threatening persona of a George W. Bush circa 2000, prior to his becoming a hate-figure for the Left. With a personal history that has forged a rare and particular political talent, blending amiability with a streak of competitive ruthlessness in a way that makes him, at age 53, one of the nation's top politicians.
He is about to embark on a challenging journey: running for reelection in Virginia next year, then -- assuming he doesn't founder on unseen shoals -- for the Republican nomination in 2008.
Anbody but McLame.
Governor Allen is the next Prez.
Where do I sign up?
The full article is great if you can get it, a full eleven pages long. I can't find a link to the article online, but it is a pretty interesting read
Allen/Rice 2008 would make a better impression. Keep Rove around for aid and abetting, though!
I'm sorry but Al Gore has more people skills than Allen. Let's be honest here, Allen is dull as dishwater. I'm not saying he's not a good Senator but he's NO Bill Clinton when it comes to people skills. And I hate Bill Clinton.
Sorry, ALLEN/RICE 2006.
The dummies would flip - another president named George. Given their memories, it might help them keep things straight after taking a few more bong hits or molesting the neighborhood cats.
I beg to differ. He gives wonderful speeches and doesn't come across as phony. He seems to have some of the best parts of Reagan and Bush put together.
Rove for either Secretary of State, UN Ambassador or WH CoS
Another post I can relate to...
THAT's George Allen?!! Whoa, baby, he's got MY vote....
But only superficial Rats think "people skills" = presidential character.
I don't know - today's WSJ/NBC poll he's scoring 5% and below on likeability.
This campaign is really heating up! ;^)
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