A Look Ahead to 2008 (Part I)

Written by Terry Mitchell

Just as everyone has breathed a sigh of relief atrepparttar end of 2004 presidential campaign, I would like to take a quick look ahead to 2008. Unless George W. Bush is unable to complete his second term, 2008 will bringrepparttar 125934 third open presidential election (no incumbent running) in 20 years. Even though that's still four years intorepparttar 125935 future,repparttar 125936 campaign will be unofficially getting underway almost immediately. Therefore, many ofrepparttar 125937 potential candidates can already be identified and there should be no shortage of them on either side. Today, I will be taking a look atrepparttar 125938 potential Republican candidates. Among them are Arizona Senator John McCain, Tennessee Senator Bill Frist, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, Virginia Senator George Allen, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. John McCain is probably inrepparttar 125939 best position to capturerepparttar 125940 GOP nomination, should he decide to run. He was beaten by Bush inrepparttar 125941 2000 primaries, but he has since been one ofrepparttar 125942 President's most loyal supporters, despite some differences of opinion. McCain is one ofrepparttar 125943 most popular politicians inrepparttar 125944 U.S. and won re-election to his Senate seat last week with more than 70% ofrepparttar 125945 vote! Unlikerepparttar 125946 Democrats,repparttar 125947 Republicans have a history of sometimes awarding their nomination to someone who has waited his "turn." A case in point is Bob Dole, who was rejected in his bids forrepparttar 125948 nomination in 1980 and 1988, only to finally get it in 1996. Bill Frist is a surgeon is who was first elected torepparttar 125949 Senate duringrepparttar 125950 "Republican Revolution" of 1994. He is nowrepparttar 125951 majority leader ofrepparttar 125952 Senate and should benefit fromrepparttar 125953 GOP's pick-up of four additional seats in this election cycle. Frist seems to be well liked by all factions ofrepparttar 125954 party. He would probably haverepparttar 125955 inside track torepparttar 125956 Republican nomination if McCain decides not to run. Jeb Bush would like to continue a streak thatrepparttar 125957 Republicans currently have in place. Since 1976, they have featured either a Dole or a Bush on every national ticket. That's eight straight presidential elections! The fact that he was able to help his brother do better than anyone expected in Florida (winning by five percentage points) bodes well for him. That alone should greatly improve his stature withinrepparttar 125958 Republican Party. Having family ties torepparttar 125959 White House won't hurt either. Dick Cheney has said he probably will not run for president (and there are even rumors that he might even resign beforerepparttar 125960 end of Bush's second term). If he doesn't run, or if he does run and subsequently fails to getrepparttar 125961 nomination,repparttar 125962 2008 election would berepparttar 125963 first withoutrepparttar 125964 inclusion of a sitting president or vice president since 1952. However, politicians have been known to change their minds. I still think he might ultimately decide to run. If he does, unlike most sitting vice presidents, he will have an uphill battle forrepparttar 125965 nomination. However, his popularity withrepparttar 125966 far right wing ofrepparttar 125967 party would play to his advantage and could ultimately give himrepparttar 125968 edge he would need. There's still a question mark as to how evangelicals withinrepparttar 125969 party would react to his support of his gay daughter. Rudy Giuliani rebuilt his image with his handling ofrepparttar 125970 9/11 aftermath. Previously, he had to withdraw from a potential Senate race against Hillary Clinton, because of health problems. That wasrepparttar 125971 official line, but most people believed it was because of a nasty divorce and rumors about extramarital affairs. He is now a very popular politician, but whether he is conservative enough to winrepparttar 125972 Republican presidential nomination is questionable at best. He will likely be opposed byrepparttar 125973 evangelical wing ofrepparttar 125974 party.

Seeing Blue, Feeling Blue

Written by The Independent Voice

I did grow up inrepparttar Northeast but I have yet to experiencerepparttar 125933 people labeled asrepparttar 125934 ďelitesĒ or morally inferior. My neighborhood was atrepparttar 125935 lower half ofrepparttar 125936 middle class spectrum. It would be more likely to find a Chevy Nova on blocks inrepparttar 125937 driveway of a house in my neighborhood than it would to find a Benz or a Beamer. I went to public schools. When I was a kid I would go to morning mass every weekday, and once on Sunday. My father didnít work on Wall St., he worked on Main St. My mother was a stay at home mom for much of my childhood. After graduating from public school I went to community college and from there, state school. I paid for it all and I still am.

We grew up in a worse area then some and a nicer area then others and I had friends who liked to hunt but not one of them feltrepparttar 125938 need to regularly carry a gun. I was taught thatrepparttar 125939 respect for life should be complete, that life begins at conception, ďThou Shalt Not KillĒ no matter if itís war or capital punishment. I was taught morals and a value for life. I was taught to act inrepparttar 125940 image of Christ, that justice is integral to society, as is food, shelter and health care.

I wasnít born with a silver spoon in my ass. I didnít go to private school or an Ivy League school like Yale or Harvard. My father wasnít a senator inrepparttar 125941 government, he was a deacon inrepparttar 125942 church. My house had visiting poor Vietnamese and black people living in it, not maids and hired help. We didnít go to Kennebunkport for Thanksgiving; we delivered food torepparttar 125943 needy. On Christmas we went to church, like we did every Sunday and we always prayed before every meal. We never got everything we wanted on Christmas day or on any other day for that matter. We were taught that if you wanted something bad enough you worked for it. The few times that we went on vacation we didnít get on a plane and head out to our 1000 acre ranch, we got in our car and drove to a cabin withinrepparttar 125944 same state.

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