So the meaningless Florida presidential primary was held yesterday. The results should have surprised no one (Clinton and McCain). The newspaper stories could have been written (and probably were) a couple of days ago, with only the actual numbers filled in at the end. Rudy Giuliani's half-hearted campaign is all but over and out. He may have already quit by the time you read this or even by the time I finish writing it.
Former presidential hopeful Joe Biden gave us the funniest thing I've read about Rudy Giuliani: "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence, a noun, a verb and 9/11." (Giuliani's office shot right back: "Senator Biden has never run anything but his mouth.") Rudy was obviously hoping to cash-in on the national recognition he gained during the terrorist attack on New York City in 2001. Sure, the whole country knows his name now, but what else does the country know about Rudy? Not very much. Or not enough, apparently.
I had no doubt McCain would win. Florida is filled with old people who probably regard him as a war hero. But there are stories aplenty circulating through the internets concerning McCain's activities as a P.O.W. and the special treatment he received. Time will tell whether these will catch any traction and do any real damage to his candidacy, just as Kerry's reputation as a swift boat hero was torpedoed last time.
A friend said something interesting about McCain: "He's like a house that's been on the market too long. Why hasn't it sold already?" Good point. Is John McCain our perennially Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time President? I'm so ambivalent about him. I can see him in the Oval Office; I just don't know if I want him there.
I'm kind of leaning toward the view that whoever we elect to be president should be a governor first. Governors know how to run things; senators do not always. With that in mind, I think Huckabee or Romney would probably be "better" presidents than McCain.
The thing about Hillary is that if she's elected, we get him back. As much fun as Bill Clinton had in the White House last time, imagine if he got to live there again? If she were smart, she'd ask Bill to be Vice President so they'd have to live in separate houses.
Seriously, my theory is that Hillary should ask Barack Obama to be her Vice President. What a ticket that would be! They'd get most of the vote from women, plus ALL of the black vote. Clinton/Obama? Unstoppable! Teaming up is their only chance. If not, I just don't think that this country is yet ready for a woman president or a black president. We're just not there yet...although I could be wrong.
In the end, come November I believe it will be a Republican president. We'll either be saying "President Huckabee" or "President Romney." With all of the anti-Bush backlash in the country, the Democrats were virtually handed this election on a platter. It was theirs to lose, and I think they're going to do just that.