A Look Ahead to 2008 (Part I)

Written by Terry Mitchell

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Before being elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Mitt Romney headed uprepparttar Salt Lake City Olympic Organizing Committee earlier that same year. He had also made a run forrepparttar 125934 U.S. Senate against Ted Kennedy in 1994 and lost. However, he did so much better against Kennedy that most of his previous challengers had done, that his loss actually helped boost his political career. Since being elected governor, he has become one ofrepparttar 125935 bright young stars ofrepparttar 125936 Republican Party. His father,repparttar 125937 late George Romney, served as governor of Michigan and soughtrepparttar 125938 Republican presidential nomination in 1968 but lost to Richard Nixon. His father's remarks made duringrepparttar 125939 nominating process about having been "brainwashed" about Viet Nam ultimately cost himrepparttar 125940 nomination. Should Mitt Romney decide to run, he will want to avoid that kind of blunder. Like Frist, Rick Santorum was first elected torepparttar 125941 Senate in 1994. As Conference Chairman, he is nowrepparttar 125942 third highest ranking Republican inrepparttar 125943 Senate. Santorum is a favorite ofrepparttar 125944 Christian Right with his strong anti-abortion and anti-homosexuality views. However, pragmatic primary voters might shun him, feeling that he may be a bit too extreme to win a general election. Of course, four years beforerepparttar 125945 1980 election, many Republicans expressed those same sentiments about Ronald Reagan. Tom Ridge was a very popular and effective governor of Pennsylvania before taking over Homeland Security. He was in his second term as governor when he resigned to take over that post. Prior to being elected governor, he served several terms inrepparttar 125946 U.S. House of Representatives. Ridge is more of a moderate Republican, but unlike Giuliani, seems to have some appeal torepparttar 125947 party's conservative base. Whether he has enough remains to be seen. He is pro-choice, so he will get some opposition fromrepparttar 125948 Christian Right, should he decide to seekrepparttar 125949 nomination. George Allen is another rising star withinrepparttar 125950 Republican Party. A former state delegate and son ofrepparttar 125951 late Washington Redskins' coach ofrepparttar 125952 same name, he was elected to Congress in 1990. However, his district was redrawn and he ended up inrepparttar 125953 same district as another, more established Republican congressman, Tom Bliley, byrepparttar 125954 end of his first term. He decided not to seek re-election in 1992 and was elected governor of Virginia in 1993 and then elected torepparttar 125955 U.S. Senate in 2000. He headed uprepparttar 125956 GOP's Senate Election committee forrepparttar 125957 last two years. The extra seats thatrepparttar 125958 Republicans picked up inrepparttar 125959 Senate last week will be a feather in his cap. He has strong conservative credentials but is relatively unknown nationally. Before taking her current post, Condoleezza Rice had previously served onrepparttar 125960 National Security Council under President George H. W. Bush. She is not a career politician or lawyer, but comes from an academic background - she has been a member ofrepparttar 125961 Stanford University faculty for over 20 years. She has never held elective office but has sometimes given indications that she has presidential ambitions. She has been a very loyal member ofrepparttar 125962 Bush Administration and that has earned her a great deal of respect throughoutrepparttar 125963 party. Where she stands on social issues is still uncertain. She might ultimately prove to be a better prospect for vice president than president. Next week I will continue my look ahead to 2008 withrepparttar 125964 potential Democratic presidential candidates.

Terry Mitchell is a software engineer, free-lance writer, and trivia buff from Hopewell, VA. He operates a website, http://www.commenterry.com, on which he posts commentaries on various subjects such as politics, technology, religion, health and well-being, personal finance, and sports. His commentaries offer a unique point of view that is not often found in mainstream media.

Seeing Blue, Feeling Blue

Written by The Independent Voice

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Life wasnít easy on us. Drugs, suicide and violence affected people where I lived in a real way. The men that lived in my neighborhood wererepparttar guys that actually fought inrepparttar 125933 Vietnam War. They wererepparttar 125934 guys who regularly rushed into burning buildings and when those 2 big ones collapsed in Manhattan, they wererepparttar 125935 guys who died. Family, where I grew up, was a priority andrepparttar 125936 glue that held us onrepparttar 125937 brink of sanity.

No, I donít know any northeastern elites or moral degenerates. Iíve known a bunch of decent people living liferepparttar 125938 best they can, who value their family and their God. They may not always agree with you but thatís probably because theyíve lead a tough, different kind of life than most are used to. They have a different perspective on things thatís rooted in where theyíve come from, what theyíve seen with their own eyes, and heard with their own ears.

And they donít know how truly good they are.

The Indy Voice (http://www.theindyvoice.com/) is a no-nonsense blog that discusses politics, current affairs, and American society and culture without any consideration of ratings or commercial entities (big business). The Indy Voice

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