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He does have everything wrapped up in one big political enchilada, eh? Distinguished looks, decent track record, insulated from most of the republican stench these last few election cycles ... he could do rather well. Heck, he could get an endorsement from Ron Paul; which may or may not benefit him.

There's a good question for our very own Dr. Laura: Would a Ron Paul endorsement be considered a net benefit or net loss for a republican running for president?

(This comment is not necessarily related to Sanford.)

The Democrats are not doing anything - in principle - that the Republicans have done themselves in the past and were almost certainly going to do if they had won the election. Just think of the Republican bailouts, and the renunciation of free markets by Bush.

Like the Democrats could have raised hell over Bush's countless violations of the Constitution, and didn't, patiently waiting for Bush's extension of the power base of the President and the bipartisan political machinery to unfold and become American normality, the Republicans are not at all reacting with requisite force.

Peaceful, extra-parliamentarian opposition would be an option, rallies etc. Nothing happens. Apparently not even formal complaints seem to be considered, let alone effected to stop the pork barrel coup.

They probably sit in silent admiration, looking on.

To be an effective opposition to the new King (and the court that is driving and defining him at will) they would have had to act like an effective opposition to King George.

I think he’s a very attractive candidate, and could appeal to a broad range within the GOP—certainly those who classify themselves as Goldwater, Reagan or Paul Republicans.

As to a Ron Paul endorsement: I think it helps—and perhaps significantly. Here’s my off-the-cuff thinking: 1) the people that are going to pay attention to Ron Paul’s endorsement are the people like us (some Republicans, some not), for whom an endorsement by Ron Paul would actually mean something; 2) those who think Ron Paul is a crank, aren’t going to care who he endorses—especially in the case of someone like Sanford, who has mainstream credibility. The Ron Paul people (as long as they don’t get goofy) could provide some of the energy (and money) to the campaign.

There are some Mark Sanford for President sites out there, I noticed the other day (I think one was on Facebook). We’re about a year behind, given the nature of the primary system these days, but it would be fun to see if a “Draft Mark Sanford” movement could come together ala the “Draft Goldwater” movement of the early 60s.

He’s been elected Governor (TWICE) of a sort-of-important state in Republican politics. He’s been getting a lot of play (I saw him on some national show not too long ago); he’s one of those “Jonesers” age-wise, has a nice looking family.

Personally, I think John McCain would have done better (although still wouldn’t have won) had he picked Sanford instead of Palin.

So, sure, Ron Paul’s endorsement could help—but it would need to come pretty early. Otherwise, the Paul people will be holding out hope for him running, and when he doesn’t they’ll just bolt in a bunch of different directions. If he endorses early, though, it signals those of us who are Republicans to jump on the bandwagon early, and it lets those who aren’t Republicans think about re-registering so they can vote in the Republican primaries (in the closed primary states, anyway).

Don’t ruin my happy thoughts about today’s Republicans, Georg.

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