Sunday, February 18, 2007
C-SPAN had an interesting program yesterday, with Newt Gingrich and Senator Chuck Schumer. They both have new books, and each says the other politician's book is very good. Gingrich particularly praises Schumer's book, and says it has a lot of overlap with his own.
Both books are about how to win the next election. Gingrich says the overlap comes in discussions of "human capital" and an important shift we've made in the 21st century, and recommends Schumer's book to Republican leaders.
Recent discussions about the race have focused on the fact that we might have the first female candidate for president, or the first black candidate. But watching Schumer made me think we might have the first Jewish candidate.
During the program, a member of the press asked Gingrich if he would run for president. His answer was that if he did, he wouldn't announce until November. He then proceeded to explain why he thinks it's very bad that candidates are announcing now.
If no Democrat jumps out front (there are many people who won't vote for Hillary, and Obama's inexperience is an obvious issue), might "the environmental candidate" throw his hat in the ring again? Why not? He's already won once.
We seem to have reached a tipping point on Global Warming: more and more people think not only that it's real but that it's really our most important problem. And who is better suited for that than Gore? An Inconvenient Truth was very well done.
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"(W)atching Schumer made me think we might have the first Jewish candidate."
It's possible. However, the way to bet since 1972 has been with current or former governors, not senators. No senator has been elected president since 1960, and you can insert your own Lloyd Bentsen paraphrase here.
With that in mind, Eliot Spitzer getting elected governor of New York says volumes about the likelihood of a Jewish candidate in 2012.
Posted by: Hal O'Brien at Feb 19, 2007 8:12:05 PM