November 24, 2004
I nominated Alex Brunk and Mark Harris (two young, smart, politically obsessed guys I met on the Herman Cain campaign) to come up with a list of second-tier possible candidates for the Republican side in '08.
Alex's list includes people like Law & Order star Fred Thompson and General Tommy Franks, while Mark lists people like Pat Toomey and Tom Tancredo, and considers Libby Dole the sleeper candidate. The ones I consider most likely from their choices are Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi, on Alex's list and Ernie Fletcher, governor of Kentucky, on Mark's list.
Feel free to leave your own list in the comment section.
Posted by Karol at November 24, 2004 06:47 PM
Hmm. Good lists. I think nominating most of those people would be political suicide, but we have also nominated Gerald Ford, so I wouldn't put it past us.
Oh......and my list:
I think there is a real chance.
My dark horse candidate is Minnesota Republican governor, Tom Pawlenty. I saw him interviewed during the RNC and he was quite impressive.
I'd add Colorado Governor Bill Owens and BC'04 chairman Marc Racicot.
That said, the Republican party does not nominate second-tier candidates and, in the modern era, has never nominated someone whose nomination would have been a surprise to watchers even this far out.
I've been pulling for Condi for about a year and a half now. I really hope she wants to do it, because I think that's the only thing preventer her from winning.