The Sanford Riddle
Saturday, September 16, 2006 :::
There's little doubt that many of those who support George Allen's Senate re-election bid also tend to believe he would make a great presidential candidate.
Even though he will most likely win re-election, Allen stands little chance of being the GOP presidential nominee in 2008. And the man I would prefer to see in that position, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, says he will not run.
Which is too bad, because Sanford is a fascinating politician, or rather, anti-politician. To get an idea of what his governing style is like, check out this National Review piece. Seems like Sanford has managed to ruffle more than a few feathers among the parochial pols in his own party. And, of course, there's the powerful role his wife, Jenny, plays in his campaigns and his administration (and she is tough...as Mark made abundantly clear to me once upon a time...)
For those who believe that George Allen somehow embodies Jeffersonian ideals, I suggest they read more about Mark. He's closer to those ideals than Allen has ever been. Or ever will be.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 9/16/2006