Thursday, September 29, 2005

Quote of The Week

Howard Fineman

[I]n a roomful of well-connected Democrats the other night, I was struck by how gloomy they were. They can't stand Bush, but didn't have much faith in their own party's prospects. Why?... It's incontestably true that the Democrats simply aren't blessed with much charisma in the leadership ranks -- unless you consider Angelina Jolie a Democrat. The GOP has Rudy, Colin, Arnold, McCain and Condi -- just to name a few: big, bold, controversial characters. Good copy if nothing else. The more or less official roster of titular Democratic leaders includes Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and 2004 nominee John Kerry. 'Nuff said.

-- Newsweek's Howard Fineman in Newsweek Online


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fineman interestingly omits any mention of Hillary Clinton, who, love her or hate her, has enough charisma for her entire party. What counts is the leadership qualities and charisma of the potential Presidential candidate. Of the GOP leaders named by Fineman, Arnold is Constitutionally disqualified, Colin and Condi do not appear to be interested (Condi for California Senator in 2008!), and Rudy and McCain are unacceptable to the GOP base. A face may yet appear from the GOP crown (Huckabee? Romney? Jeb Bush?). But as of this moment the Republicans have no one who could face down Hillary. 

Posted by Ralph B. Kostant

Friday, September 30, 2005 11:20:00 AM  

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