Federation of Crazyness

The 2008 race is about to get exciting. Newt Gingrich, i.e. the least popular Republican in the country (even Bush is above 16% approval), is set to enter the presidential race this September. As New would be able to pick up more of the hardcore conservative vote than any of the big three (Giuliani, McCain, Romney), he has a fairly decent shot at the nomination, which is great, as I’m fairly certain that his nomination would result in a Democratic landslide the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1964. Particularly, an Obama-Gingrich race would be absolutely perfect. Here’s Gingrich, the nasty, personal politics of the ’90s personified, going against Obama, he of the politics of hope. It would be nothing short of beautiful.
As if that weren’t interesting enough, Mike Bloomberg seems to be readying a third-party run. With $1 billion of his own money to bankroll it. Money isn’t everything, of course, but $1 billion is simply unheard of; he’d be the most consequential third party candidate at least since Perot, and possibly since Wallace. And, unlike those two, he isn’t totally crazy. At the very least, I now have a backup in the unlikely, and quite unfortunate, event that Edwards gets the nomination.

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