I read a great piece in WSJ this morning about Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. I've never heard of this guy. He's a Democrat and everyone loves him. Even Republicans.
Bredesen sounds like he's a Bush clone because he runs his state like a business and he's a straight talker. People get the impression that he actually means what he says, a rare thing for any politician, but particularly in vogue in the era of W.
Someone else to keep an eye on is Minnesota's Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Lots of buzz around this guy. ABC News has a piece on him this morning, comparing him to Clinton in terms of extemporaneous speaking.
A Republican version of Bill Clinton? Yeah, that's just what we need!
I've been talking about Rice taking the national stage in 08 against Hillary but maybe I'm way off base. Perhaps we might see a Bredesen/Pawlenty matchup.
Shifting topics and changing continents...I really like Tony Blair. He's a hardcore Lefty and I don't agree with him on anything, but he's a common sense guy when it comes to the War On Terror and I have enormous respect for him based on that alone.
But then I read this morning about his praise for Kofi Annan and I almost puked. Tony, you're killing me with this stuff:
"It is been a tough time in the international community and it has been a very tough time for the United Nations Secretary-General," said Blair, launching a London seminar on UN reform which Annan addressed.
"I happen to think in that very tough time that he has handled himself with great distinction, with a lot of wisdom and in difficult circumstances has been a tremendous unifier.
"I know very it has not always been easy for him politically or personally but Kofi I wanted to say to you how pleased we are to have you here and how warmly we welcome you and how much we regard your Secretary-Generalship of the United Nations."
Tony, Tony, Tony. I am puzzled that you place such a great deal of stock in the United Nations. Apparently the British press hasn't been reporting on the myriad of scandals originating out of your buddy Kofi's office.
Maybe the next time I find myself in London we can grab a pint. I'll set you straight.
Kim Jong Il desperately needs a kick in the gonads...Because North Korea today finally admitted that it has nuclear weapons. Feels good to come clean, doesn't it? Iran...Do you guys have anything you'd like to tell us?
Idiot # 2: It is no understatment when I tell you that Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta is my least favorite Cabinet member. Did you hear about the report declassified today that the FAA had 52 warnings prior to 9/11. Fifty two!
Mineta is the guy who vehemently opposes what I would call the common sense approach of racially profiling muslim men at American airports. Genius.
Mr. President, please fire this moron immediately and reference this new report. I know you're incredibly loyal to your staff but please. Mineta is making you look bad and more important, he's not doing his job. It's way beyond time for Norm to go.