Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Ford likes nothing more than a good presidential race.





It's way too early to talk about that stuff.

That's the sorta thing that makes music journalists ask Britney Spears about her music, when all we want to know is whether the rack is real, or, ahem, off-the-rack.

No, right now, in 2006, FIVE MONTHS before the midterm elections, it's time to talk crazy.

It's time to talk electability.

It's time to talk about the horse race.

And oh, what a race it could be, with approximately 11% of the Senate talking about making a run. (And you know, dear reader, that Barack Obama, D-Ill., is just dying to set the hearts of all young liberals a-pitter-patter with a late-starting run.)

Ah, but how are we to consider all the candidates this early?

Thank YOU, L.A. Times, for summarizing the race already. OK, for summarizing all the candidates from the Senate alone.

Seriously, 11% of the Senate. The Ford didn't even think the Senate could get 11% of its members to agree on a deli, much less agree that a Senator should be President. That's part of the charm of the Senate. Elections every six years mean crazy people last a long time. Granted, they haven't quite agreed on which Senator, but The Ford's confident that's a tiny detail to be ironed out quickly, thanks to the Senate's history of calm, leisurely debate. Which explains why they're starting now, he supposes.

Oh, and the other guys? Well, we're not even ready to think about the hard-luck fellas from the last elections, huge names like Big John Edwards, "Hee-yaw!" Dean, Bush the Middle, Senor Nader and the Gore Store.

For what it's worth, The Ford's putting his longshot money on Sen. Bayh, but only because that's where his money was in '02, and it seems a shame to waste such a crackpot prediction.


At 10:44 AM, June 18, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

It's not so much of a crackpot prediction this time around. Bayh has a lot of things going for him. He's raised a TON of money, he's spent the last two years criss-crossing the nation setting up a fundraising network, he's spent considerable time in Iowa and New Hampshire setting up networks there, he's got a great resume (IN SecState, 2 terms as IN Governor, 8 years as IN Senator on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees) and very electable (5 state-wide elections won in a red state).

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone with a better resume.

At 3:56 AM, June 19, 2006, Blogger The Ford said...

All good and shockingly well-made points. What makes Bayh a longshot is not his resume, though (Is being Secretary of State in Indian that much of a qualifier for the Presidency of these United States?); it's his name.

Seriously, I'm pretty sure the eitch is silent, but I still have no idea if the name's pronouced "BUY" or "BAY."

I need my presidential winners to have strongly phonetic names. Bush. Clinton. O-Bama. Barkley.


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