Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Saturday, September 16, 2006


About a year ago, before the House bill on illegal immigration, the pro-illegal immigration marches, the Senate bill to grant amnesty, and the macaca quote, I was feeling pretty good about the Presidential Election in ’08, and I was still a big supporter of President Bush.
When Bush did not stand up for America and come out against illegal immigration and instead supported amnesty and when McCain voted for the Senate amnesty bill, suddenly I was left without a choice for President in ’08 (I thought Allen would be the VP choice). Now I am left with no one unless Rudy runs. But I also deep down question if someone who has only been a mayor of a city, even if that city is New York, can run the most powerful country ever.
Is there anyone hoping for someone to be President in 2008? And by this I mean someone with a realistic chance of winning. I still will not have hit the age requirement of 35, so you will have to wait a few more years for me to be eligible, but is there anyone else?


Blogger Always On Watch said...

It's still early. At this point in the run-up years to the 1976 election, Carter's name hadn't even been tossed into the hat.

I'm not so concerned about Allen's "macaca" remark. Yes, it was a mistake, but the kind of mistake which pales in comparison to the supremely important issue of illegal immigration.

As for Rudy, whom I like, his being mayor of NYC--a huge metropolis--is as difficult a job as being governor of Arkansas. At least, such is my view.

Sun Sep 17, 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Only if somehow we can find a way to bring Paul Wellstone back from the dead.

Barring that, and anything unforeseen, my choice is Russ Feingold.

Not. Clinton.

Sun Sep 17, 07:08:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

And maybe you guys could explain the whole "Rudy" fixation for me. What makes him so popular? Seriously. He was mayor when NYC got hit. Does that make him presidential material? Didn't he keep his mistress in his house while he was still married to someone else? Doesn't that sort of moral baggage give the Right pause?

What's the attraction? Help me understand, because I sincerely do not get it.

Sun Sep 17, 07:10:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I would say that there are two things that I really do like about Rudy. First, I was in New York prior to him becoming mayor back in 1996, and there were strip clubs, prostitutes, and drug dealers all over the streets. I then went back a few years later while he was mayor and I did not see the strip clubs in Times Square, and I was not harassed by the prostitutes or the drug dealers, and in fact I didn’t even see any. I grew up with DC as my city, but NYC looked like it was a cleaner and safer city than the nation’s capital and with a lot more people too. Second, I have studied crisis communications and I know that considering the unprecedented circumstances of September 11th, it is doubtful that any other mayor in the country could have responded like Rudy did. In two vastly different yet critically dangerous situations he showed leadership and the ability to break through red tape to save lives.
And he is a cancer survivor.
As for having a mistress, well if he was a Democrat there would be nothing new there should he become President.
And for me, I also like that he is an Italian Catholic, which although not as good as an Irish Catholic, I still find relatable.

Mon Sep 18, 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am far more in favor of Rudy than Allen, as at leasat Rudy seems down to earth and folks can realte to him. WAY before the macaca incident he was the worst Senator in DC, even John Warner can't understand why he repeatedly sells out his constituency to vote the party line. I know 90% of politicians do that, but that's why I don't like 90% of them. He's a wannabe Virginia boy from Southern California.

Mon Sep 18, 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Anon, I will take Allen over the aristocratic Warner every day of the week. Warner voted for the Senate amnesty bill while Allen voted against it. And I have met Allen, and I found him to be a very approachable and kind man. He may vote the party line a bit too much for me too, but since Virginia is a Republican state, he is both voting the Party line and voting how his constituents want him to.

Tue Sep 19, 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Virginia is BARELY a republican state, as you will find out in coming elections. Close in every race (except maybe Weed/Goode) with the republican normally winning. I would not be surprised if there were additional swings to the left, however, in the next 10 years. Northern Va has been getting bluer and bluer, and people in SWVa are getting left behind by the red so may be thinking that way too over the next decade. I could talk about Va politics for days, but my bottom line is this: you want to vote for allen because of his stance on immigration, fine. Most people in Va could care less about that.

Tue Sep 19, 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

This doesn't really fit this post's title, but found it interesting with respect to the last post:

According to Politics Prof. Larry Sabato, this heavy focus on the war in Iraq allowed Webb to emerge as the clear winner of the debate.

"Webb clearly edged Allen in the debate," Sabato said. "Slightly more than half of the debate was about Iraq, which is Webb's number-one platform plank. He was aggressive, decisive, and confident; Allen seemed defensive and evasive on that subject."

Personally I thought that Webb was a clear winner, but thought he got tripped up a few times too. Like most Virginian's though, I didnt see it live so it wont amount to much.

Tue Sep 19, 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Anon, you are right that NOVA is getting bluer and bluer, and Charlottesville, Richmond, and Norfolk are blue as well, but the rest of Virginia is as red as it will ever be. There may be some people upset with the Republican leadership of the White House in Southern Virginia, but I travel around there every once in awhile, and I can tell you that Virginia is red. Look at the 1996 Presidential election, and see which states voted for Dole, and one of the only ones you will find is Virginia. Virginia has elected two straight Democrat governors, but that was more because of the lack of competition on the Republican side than good Democrat candidates. I have met Gov Warner, and I can tell you I did not like his personality.
And because obviously illegal immigration is my big issue and because I talk about it with everyone I know, I an tell you that many people in Virginia care about it, but like many other issues that people are concerned with, they are often too lazy to do anything about it.

Tue Sep 19, 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Webb is a fine man, and maybe he has a better opinion on the War in Iraq, but Allen knows Virginia more than Webb, Allen has done more for Virginia then Webb, and if not for one comment he made at a rally, this election would not even make page 10 of a Virginia paper. He was ahead double digits, but with one comment and because the media has attacked Allen because of it, the race has gotten a lot closer. Allen is much better experienced for the job and should keep the job for doing a great job in service to Virginia.

Tue Sep 19, 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

As you well know, Pub, I am no Allen fan. Dont know a lot about Jim Webb yet thouugh, so can't say I'm a supporter. Good point about the "one comment" wasn't a race until then. And as to the "redness" or blueness of Va, here's a greeat map and webpage:

Wed Sep 20, 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Mykiss, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the work that Webb has done for his country, but he simply lacks the experience to be a Senator. Allen has held every major office for Virginia, and he knows the politics and values of Virginia from holding those offices. This should not really be a contest at all.

Wed Sep 20, 09:51:00 PM  

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