Bob Riley should run for President. Seriously.
Or Jeff Sessions. No, seriously.
I, personally, wouldn’t vote for either, and the chance they’d become president or even the GOP nominee is next to nil – but the existing field of Republican presidential candidates is undoubtedly missing a Southern candidate.
Of course, on paper Newt Gingrich could be classified as “Southern”. That myth can be debunked solely by noting Gingrich’s self-proclaimed favorite band (ABBA). Indeed, Gingrich was so desperate to get to out of the South that he ran and lost for Congress twice, before finally getting his ticket punched to DC on his third bid. And after leaving Congress in 1998, he’s lived in McLean, VA (a posh hamlet in Northern Virginia) – currently with his third wife (a Midwesterner). Newt Gingrich may have technically represented suburban Atlanta in Congress, but he’s about as “Southern” as …well, ABBA.
And Herman Cain and Buddy Roemer may be credible Southerners, but I do not believe them to be credible presidential candidates.
Mike Huckabee, who carried several Southern states in the ’08 primaries, would have entered the 2012 primary process counting the Southeast among his expected base. And some – like Haley Barbour, Rick Perry (perhaps still a possibility), Jim Demint (perhaps still a possibility), Jeb Bush or Bobby Jindal – who could have filled the Southern-sized vacuum left by Huckabee’s withdrawal, appear to have likewise taken a pass.
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Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has a piece (“The Continual Screwing of Jefferson County, Alabama“) that picks up on a Bloomberg News story from last week (“Bachus Comforts Wall Street While Assailing Dodd-Frank to Voters Back Home“). Neither portrays U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R – Vestavia Hills), the House Financial Services Committee [...]
Though the Republican field has been slow to gel, it seems as if we now know the field of potential candidates. A few like Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels seem genuinely undecided on whether or not to take the plunge. But beyond those, we generally know who’s running (Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Ron Paul) and who’s not (Haley Barbour, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, John Thune, among others). Barring a surprise (which is a possibility according to some influential Republicans), the Republican field has only (to adopt a Rumsfeldian construct) its “known knowns” (those already in) and its “unknown knowns (those publicly considering) – meaning it’s not too early to handicap the field*.
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Why is U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) introducing legislation to delay the regulation of derivatives for two years?
After his home county’s disastrous dealings with derivatives (specifically in the form of interest rate swaps), Jefferson County is now preparing for the possibility of the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.
Somewhat related: [...]
Republican Tim Pawlenty was the first presidential candidate to hire a full-time staffer in Iowa, and that hire was Alabamian Ben Foster. The 2009 University of Alabama graduate had served as an aide to Bradley Byrne during Byrne’s gubernatorial campaign last year.
Wednesday morning, he was arrested after trying to get into [...]
The Washington Wire blog at the Wall Street Journal reports that “according to multiple Iowa GOP officials,” former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is about to enter the Iowa presidential primary race.
You don’t have to go too far in Alabama to find folks who believe such campaigns are about keeping [...]
I am pleased to tell you that Zac McCrary, a Democratic pollster with the firm of Anzalone Liszt Research, has agreed to offer Parlor readers his occasional take on the 2012 presidential race and perhaps, if we are lucky, other topics as well. Many readers know (and most Alabamians probably don’t) that Alabama is [...]
Been letting this slip for some reason…
From last week’s Elba Clipper, Presidential candidate John Davis makes brief stop in Elba. Mr Davis, of course, has a website.
While it is easy to dismiss his candidacy, at least he has opted to do something besides stew and fret.
Any word from [...]
Dale Peterson for America with a hat tip to The Hill. Should be interesting to see the sales of lever action rifles.
Vox populi, vox dei
The mills are grinding overtime on this, so, lets open the subject up.
My own thought is that until we hear from the man himself, lets keep the rpms low so we don’t burn out the bearings. As a candidate, Riley does have some positives and negatives. He can give a good [...]
Bobby Bright, the recently defeated Democratic Congressman and former Montgomery mayor, has emerged as a candidate to replace Leura Canary as U.S. Attorney in the Middle District, the Political Parlor has learned. The White House is still considering Montgomery attorney George Beck as a potential successor, according to Alabamians familiar with the process, [...]
Anzalone-Liszt Research held a “Beat the Pollsters” contest for contestants competing for a $1000 prize by picking who was going to win in a selection of Senate, Gubernatorial, and House races across the country.
Turns out that Political Parlor readers are among their most accurate election prognosticators. From this morning’s newsletter from Anzalone-Liszt [...]
U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus picks up criticism from the right after saying that Sarah Palin cost Republicans the U.S. Senate.
Associated Press reported that Bachus spokesman Tim Johnson said the remarks were taken out of context though I can’t quite figure how any other context mitigates his comments.
Might it cost [...]
Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Bentley says, ‘No thanks’ to Mitt Romney’s offer of an endorsement.
Here is the ad that the NRCC will be airing in the 2nd Congressional District this week as part of its ad blitz in the districts of 11 Congressional Democrats. Freshman incumbent Bobby Bright faces a challenge there from Republican Martha Roby.
I confess that I expected the ad to be [...]