The Corner

2008

I don’t want us to get ahead of ourselves either, but I’ll make two quick points. First, with Cheney presumably not in the running and Jeb Bush announcing his non-interest recently, the nomination will be as wide open as it ever has been in our lives. The GOP may be the party of orderly succession, but it’s not at all clear whose “turn” it is. Second, look at the field as we now know it: Frist, McCain, Giuliani, Hagel, Pataki. There is a major opportunity here for a movement conservative, and especially a conservative governor. Bill Owens of Colorado comes to mind, but it’s not clear he’s going to run. Sanford of South Carolina is impressive and don’t count out Pawlenty of Minnesota. Okay, enough 2008 talk from me. At least until tomorrow.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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