Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pre-Auditions for '08

It’s beginning to look like that casting call in “The Producers” with all those assorted Hitlers--tall, short, fat, thin, singing and dancing wannabes milling around, strutting their stuff.

This week we’re having pre-auditions for Republicans who aren’t sure they want the part. Chuck Hagel steps up to say he’s thinking of trying out. Fred Thompson is in the wings, studying a script. Newt Gingrich is back there, doing his vocal exercises loudly, hoping to be coaxed onstage.

The longest Presidential race in history is getting weirder.

Sen. Hagel, for the time being, is staying in the relatively real world of Congress, to play the part of truth-teller about the war in Iraq.

On Fox News, former Sen. Fred Thompson, now an actor, gives us his road-company Ronald Reagan impression--folksy, shy, taciturn and full of gosh-darn common sense.

Newt Gingrich keeps reading passages from his political version of “The Secret” to conservative audiences hoping for the old magic to transform their lives.

Desperation is in the air, but we still have almost a year for out-of-town tryouts before the real show goes on the road.

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