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« Reply #25 on: February 14, 2005, 11:18:09 pm »

Frist needs to content himself to running for Gov of TN.  He isn't presidential material.
Agreed. Not that I want him to be gov though.

Off topic but I'm interested in your take on the Senate race- who do you think the GOP nom for Frist's seat will be?

As a Dem, I like Harold Ford, but I think his uncle has just killed his chances. Kurita doesn't do much for me. On the GOP side, I don't really like any of them. Corker seems the least die hard partisan, but I'm betting Blackburn surprises the conventional wisdom.
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« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2005, 11:58:26 pm »

Ford is very, very bright.  Having talked to him on several occasions, I can testify that he is also a very likable guy, unlike his father and his uncle.  It is his family  connections that will most hurt him in any race for the Senate.  Outside of Memphis, his family name is far more of a hindrance than a help. 

Ford's chances would be substantially better if he ran as a Republican.

Personally, I'd like to see former Congressman Ed Bryant win the seat.  I campaigned for Bryant in his primary run against Lamar Alexander, and would be very willing to do so again. 
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« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2005, 08:34:54 am »

I think that it's something of an overstatement; while there's certainly truth that those two primaries in particular are important to gaining momentum and public perception of success, candidates can and have survived defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire. Of course, since I'm backing a New Englander, I'd really like for it to be true that New Hampshire calls the election, but it just doesn't seem supportable with the evidence available from previous elections, and in terms of 2008, the wider the primary field, in terms of the candidates' ideological dispositions and geographical origins, the less relevance any one state primary will hold, I suspect.
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