Posted by: Joe Eds | November 30, 2009

Cheney in 2012

But I think we should be taking the possibility of a Dick Cheney bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 more seriously, for a run would be good for the Republicans and good for the country.

Yep, that’s a real quote and NO it’s not a joke. It’s the editor of Newsweek Jon Meacham claiming in a lead paragraph on the seriousness of former VP Dick Cheney running in 2012. His column gives some reasons of why this is a good idea, more precisely both him and Obama are so politically on opposite sides it would be impossible to doubt where they stand so the country could have a better argument on who to vote for, or as Meacham puts it:

A contest between Dick Cheney and Barack Obama would offer us a bracing referendum on competing visions.

I’m not going to spend analyzing that hypothetical because it will never happen. But some GOP folks still set up a web site hoping that Dick will consider. Enjoy.

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  1. A Cheney presidential bid may never happen. But a Romney or Palin bid is by no means out of the question. We should be deeply concerned, not just for the Republicans, but for the country.

    If unemployment does not drop significantly within the next year or so, the Republicans stand to win any number of congressional seats in 2010 and the White House in 2012. If that happens, who would you rather see in office, a Tim Pawlenty or a Sarah Palin?

    I blogged about this recently at the Innocent Smith Journal:

    http://innocentsmithjournal.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/more-sullivan-less-meacham-please/

  2. To a large extent, I agree. I think whether Obama wins re-election in 2012 will be determined by 1) the economy 2) the state of our commitments in Afghanistan/Iraq, and 3) the quality of the Republican alternative. And if 1 and 2 are not in Obama’s favor, I’m not sure how much 3 would matter.

    While a lot could happen between now and 2012, I think if the Republicans held their primary tomorrow, someone like Palin would have a good shot at winning. Maybe not 50/50, but a good shot. So Palin winning the White House in 2012 is not inconceivable.

    I’m usually way off on the left end of the American political spectrum, and even I recognize the need, in a two party system, for both parties to be functional and sane if the political system is to remain healthy. But right now, the Republicans have lost their marbles.


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