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Richardson Interviews for the Job

Say this for Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.): He has a sense of humor about himself.

Richardson will unveil ads tomorrow in Iowa that take the form of a job interview with Richardson as the interviewee (view the ads below).

In the first ad, the interviewer runs through Richardson's long resume -- 14 years in Congress, United Nations Ambassador, energy secretary, governor, diplomat -- before bitting into a sandwich and asking: "What makes you think you can be president?"

In the second, the interviewer asks Richardson to describe what he did as governor of New Mexico. Richardson runs through a laundry list of accomplishments from job creation to balanced budgest to increased teacher pay. At the end, the interviewer deadpans: "For what we're looking for you might be a little overqualified."

The commercials are the first in a series of spots that will take the job interview motif to introduce Richardson to voters in key early states like Iowa. The first ad will go on the air tomorrow. The second one will follow in short order.

"We were looking to capture the process of running for president when you have the best candidate with the best record, but the political establishment doesn't quite see it yet," said Mark Putnam who along with Steve Murphy created the ads for Richardson. "The job interview approach just clicked. It was the perfect way to capture the Governor's sense of humor and his record at the same time."

Richardson has done this sort of thing before. His "Western" ad during his 2006 re-election campaign made our list of the top 10 political ads of the cycle and showed Richardson's willingness to take chances.

We're sure Richardson's opponents will say the ads are too cute by half and don't exactly scream "presidential." But they cut through the clutter that is surely to come. And the ads are winners in my mind simply because they are different.

Watch them yourself below. Agree? Disagree?

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 9, 2007; 3:50 PM ET
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I don't expect this to be published because it doesn't fit the Post template, but it IS the Real Bill Richardson, the one we New Mexicans know well here in New Mexico.

Bill Richardson is a real charmer. Loves to be on TV and radio and billboards in Times Square riding horses and doing that whole western thing. Trouble is, he's rarely ever here in NM doing the real "work of the people" as he likes to say frequently.

If one really cares to look into what meaningful and substantive things he accomplished in all of the appointments he was given by President Clinton, there's not much under the hood.

Sec'y of Energy - Wen Ho Lee made a scapegoat under his watch and NO senate committee hearings, federal investigations, or official investigations into Mr. Richardson. Lost hard drives containing classified nuclear info that were suddenly found behind soda machine in Los Alamos classified area under his watch. Again, no investigations like what we are being treated to with the Alberto Gonzales inquisition. No global warming initiatives, no energy independence or alternative energy accomplishments during his time as secretary.

UN Ambassador - photo opp complete w/3-day unshaven beard staged & pre-arranged for "rescue" of hostages in Iran.

Governor of NM - Highest increase in state government budget spending in the history of our state, including a new $5M jet for traveling around the state, "entertaining" foreign nationals like the North Koreans and numerous Mexican politicians at state taxpayer expense. Publicised tax cuts but doesn;t talk about the tax increases in other state departments and services to more than offset the "tax-cutting" he constantly boasts to the press about and in the public forums he addresses.

Ordered the state of NM to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens but refuses to require voter ID for ANY elections here.

In-state college tuition for illegal aliens when US citizens aren't entitled to this if they are from out of state.

Doesn't want a fence at the Mexican border but declared a "state of emergency" and got $2M from the feds in 2005 to get national publicity for a 2 mile stretch of NM border territiory that was being "terrorized" by Mexicans. What did he do with the money? Used some of it to build a fence to protect a farmer's ranch on the border.

Mr. Richardson personifies current democrat presidential material with no chance of winning. It's obvious that what he IS seeking is ultimately a cabinet job if a democrat gets elected president.

He's a real charmer...

Posted by: Chuck Coulter - Banana Republic of New Mexico | May 16, 2007 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that the three supposed "frontrunners" are all first-term senators? Richardson had more time in congress than all of them combined, and that's before we even get to the other experience. Isn't anyone worried about first-term senators running the country?

Posted by: fredrich | May 14, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This New Mexico governor, of course, has the best resume for the job, if or until Gore enters race. Nevertheless, in 2004 Americans picked up Kerry, who, certainly, didn't have the good resume for the job when others, like Dean, had much, much better one. Call figure!

Posted by: aepelbaum | May 14, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: nreuoewf8q | May 10, 2007 7:43 PM | Report abuse

No candidate is perfect cd, but Richardson is the most honest, experienced, and straightforward candidate the Dems have to offer.

As for Mark Warner, I think the same reason that kept him away from president this cycle will keep him away from VP.

Posted by: P Chase | May 10, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

what a phony, leaves that he was Sec of Energy out of his autobiography, which he was, and puts in he was drafted for the major leagues, when he wasn't. Looks too much like George Tenet to be trusted.

Posted by: cd | May 10, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

richardson seems like the real deal. i would happily vote for him, either as pres or as the #2. my ideal ticket is obama / richardson or richardson / obama, although i would be happy with either of them combined with mark warner*, too. does anyone know what's up with warner these days?

*or with wes clark, joe biden, evan bayh, even edwards...

Posted by: meuphys | May 10, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"McCain's problem is that the conservatives think he is a moderate, while the moderates think he is a conservative."

This is Hillary's problem too, except replace the word conservative with liberal.

I like Richardson, but he had a poor debate the other week. He does need a little more polish on tv, nothing too groundbreaking, but a little more polish would help him. I think he can learn a lot from that debate without having lost too much ground(let's face it, no one apart from the political junkies follow this stuff so far out from the election). I still think he has a shot at this.

Posted by: Aussie view | May 10, 2007 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a recipe for pecan pie? I can't find one, and I figured with all of the other irrelevant posts on here, I could post this question and get an answer.

Posted by: Barbara | May 10, 2007 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama has the image, Richardson has the experience. I would be perfectly happy to have a ticket with those two on it, in either order.

However, unless Richardson spends some cash on some image consulting, he's interviewing for the #2 job. Think of him as Dick Cheney, but without the heart problems or the psychoses. Experienced, tied to the "good ol' days" of his party, and capable of wrangling Congressional support when needed.

Posted by: JamesCH | May 10, 2007 12:22 AM | Report abuse

The ads are a breath of fresh air. I like them.

Posted by: jnfr | May 9, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Excellent ads. Obama and Edwards are probably NOT amused because they have the most to lose. They may have more stage presence than Richardson, but Richardson's resume completely obliterates them. How many candidates in either party can say they went to Darfur and North Korea and actually got results? I think Richardson would be a very difficult candidate for the Republicans to run against. Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire better get it right this time.

Posted by: The 7-10 | May 9, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

no such luck here, CJVA

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Razorback, didn't realize you had been included in that.

Posted by: CJVA | May 9, 2007 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I know a lot of corporate trolls and even at the bottom rungs they occasionally display at least some dignity and sophistication, so that cannot be the case.

Posted by: CJVA | May 9, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Richardson gets a lot of press about the fact that he gets no press.

McCain's problem is that the conservatives think he is a moderate, while the moderates think he is a conservative.

Posted by: CJVA | May 9, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What a laughable a*s is koz, who posts all this anonymous drool... on the board all day, no life ... him and rzorback. how do you suppose they manage to do this and nothing else? Every five minutes, every day, all day long?

welfare? corporate trolls?

Posted by: * | May 9, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as someone who admires Richardson, I am sure he will not get the Dem nomination. He refuses to learn "smooth" in the context of tv appearances and he is generally too conservative for coastal Dems.

I will continue to hope that he gets the nomination. Razorback, do you think that McCain is the best in the current field of Reps, regardless of the "smooth" factor favoring Romney? I do not see them as comparable and I fear McCain will get left at the gate by someone with more "flash" or more "youth" or more dogmatic views.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | May 9, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Richardson always has been my number 1 choice for President. I think the American public is ready for someone with experience - and besides, he seems like a guy you could drink a beer with, too.

Posted by: star11 | May 9, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

With the current political climate, I don't think Democrats can do much wrong. It's great that the Democrats are drawing so much more support than the Republicans. This really supports the notion that the Democrats are taking on issues that really matter to the American people. From health care to education and poverty, these issues take precedence over an ever-inflating military budget that seems to bring no resolve for any country involved.

The Borgen Project states that just $19 billion annually can end starvation and $23 billon annually can reverse the spread of Malaria and AIDS. With these issues being so easily addressed, it is no wonder that a war-touting political group that doesn't believe in humanitarianism isn't doing well in the polls or with the American people.

Posted by: euni84 | May 9, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Governor Richardson has always been one of the best candidates in the field and here's hoping our giddy, giggling, silly-pants TV cable media hairdoos will begin to realize this and start wagging tongues about a Deanesque insurgency. The irony being here that Richardson can actually win a general election should it come to that.

He lacks the glamour of Obama, the notoriety of Hillary, but the fellow can do the job. Go Bill.

Posted by: Chuck Coulter - Los Angeles | May 9, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

To anyone who is interested. From my boys at crooksandliars.com:

"Iraqi National Assembly Wants Timeline For Withdrawal
By: Nicole Belle @ 3:40 PM - PDT AlterNet:

On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media (my emphasis), more than half of the members of Iraq's parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.

It's a hugely significant development. Lawmakers demanding an end to the occupation now have the upper hand in the Iraqi legislature for the first time; previous attempts at a similar resolution fell just short of the 138 votes needed to pass (there are 275 members of the Iraqi parliament, but many have fled the country's civil conflict, and at times it's been difficult to arrive at a quorum).

Let's be clear that the conservative congresspeople and pundits who keep getting a platform to urge patience for Bush's "plan" and painting the anti-war movement as the fringe-left are truly without any hold on reality. What new math are these chickenhawks using where 60% is considered "fringe"? Is the Iraqi parliament also controlled by George Soros? And even more critically, why did this pass WITHOUT A PEEP from the media. You'd think that they didn't want us to know...

Let's face it, George. It's getting pretty lonely on your side of that line in the sand"

Posted by: rufus1133 | May 9, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Although I like Richardon's tax record in NM, I won't be voting for him because Im on the other side.

Question for the true blue Richardson supporters:

Why didn't he do better in the debate? He has a great resume', but if he cannot connect throught the teevee, how is he going to make it?

Posted by: Razorback | May 9, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

http://raisingkaine.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=8418

Proof that "presidential candidate" Jim Gilmore cannot even steal good ideas, much less think them up on his own!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

It definitely sets Richardson up like he wants to be, The Experience Guy. Considering our current president is a failed governor and businessman, and the Democratic and Republican frontrunners are a half-term senator and a mayor, experience is probably going to start looking pretty good in a few months

Posted by: Simon | May 9, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | May 9, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"Ha ha, considering that was the only way a Democrat got elected since 1976."

Actually not true -- Clinton would have gotten enough Perot votes to still win. Look it up, doofus.

But it's exactly how Bush got elected in 2000. Thanks for reminding us, ace.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | May 9, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Lord, what a bunch of morons

Posted by: John D in Houston | May 9, 2007 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Yo Timmy K, you wont find a "NO GUNS AT THIS HOUSE" sign at my home. I shoot back.

Posted by: Razorback | May 9, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Stop attacking my cut and paste jobs. I worked hard on that. they constitute important information for my fans.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

There is no God so the weather must be man's fault. If only a Democrat were president, we wouldn't have rainstorms or tornados.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

How about a piece on all the generals who support the effort? Naaah, that wouldn't fit in with the liberal spin. besides there are way too many of them.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

We Liberals are working on a secret weather machine. we took the money from the intelligence budget. We don't need intelligence because we are already too smart. but we do need to control the weather.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey CC -- how about a piece on this one:

'CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) -- Three retired generals challenged a dozen members of Congress in a new ad campaign Wednesday, saying the politicians can't support President Bush's policies in Iraq and still expect to win re-election.

"I am outraged, as are the majority of Americans. I'm a lifelong Republican, but it's past time for change," retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste told reporters.

"Our strategy in Iraq today is more of the same, a slow grind to nowhere which totally ignores the reality of Iraq and the lessons of history," Batiste said. "Our president ignores sound military advice and surrounds himself with like-minded and compliant subordinates."

Batiste and Paul Eaton, also a retired major general, are featured in the ads by VoteVets.org. They challenge the president's argument that he listens to his commanders on the ground in Iraq and say the president's Iraq policies endanger U.S. security.'

Posted by: Jane | May 9, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

(CNN) -- Winds from the first named storm of the year fanned wildfires in Georgia and northern Florida on Wednesday, more than three weeks ahead of the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

'Top three' flood brings river into towns

• Residents evacuated in Levacy, Missouri
• 20 levees topped along Missouri River, streams
• National Weather Service says flood one of worst ever
• Parts of Midwest got up to 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

--Where is brownie when we need him? Ibet bushie's FEMA will do a heckuva job on this one, too

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

they can say it's too cute or not presidential but the qualifications he has dwarf anyone else in the field. what will do him in (i think) is that he gives off the vibe that everything is an inside joke, but no one else really gets it.

Posted by: andre | May 9, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Being an actual honest-to-God Indian vs. one of those Asiatic foreigners gives me a small boost in this whole debate KOZ, you racist swine! I woory about the future of this country and about Amercian men and women having jobs. You, on the other hand, whine about Democrats killing some silly bill cercerned with a missile defense system that no one, even our allies in Europe want and the Russians have threatened to jettison *all* ABM treaties over. Only a fool would untake such a sstem without carefully looking a the repurcussions of this. Likewise, I and others have listed ad nausium, technologies and weapons programs that have either been stolen by those same Indian guest workers or were outright sold for short term profit by corporate cronies of this Administration. Those you haven't addressed at all. "...'tis but a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying, nothing....". I figure, by now, I have been central and consistant enough in my criticism of both Domocrats and Republican that I have angered equally both sides and pretty much find myself alone. That is the best company I have ever enjoyed, if I don't say so myself.

Posted by: MikeB | May 9, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

dividing the democrat electorate is the only way the republicans will have a snowball chance in the next couple elections

Ha ha, considering that was the only way a Democrat got elected since 1976.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Most Offended When Referred To As An Idiot: Tim Kalemkarian Currently in Therapy for Anger Management: Tim Kalemkarian Marksman of The Year 2006: Tim Kalemkarian 2nd Degree Black Belt: Tim Kalemkarian Possibly Standing Right Behind You, Razorback: Tim Kalemkarian.

Tim Kalemkarian: the wrong person to mess with.

Posted by: Tim Kalemkarian | May 9, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Excellent ads. Great intro to voters. He's not my choice, but I love them.

Give Richardson credit too for perhaps the best/funniest ad of 1006 -- the new sherriff in town ad.

Posted by: John in Oakland | May 9, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, here are a couple resume points Richardson probably isn't going to mention:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiszkrzoOs0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0YRHXoygRM

Since the MSM is never going to ask him about that, please go to his campaign appearances and help jog his memory. Then, post his response to blogs and youtube.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | May 9, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

What's up zach. Hagel has looked ok. I'm waary because he just came on board the last couple months. I kinda see him as an oppurtunist. He was in the army though. I think the republicans are going to let him run as a independant because him, or another independant, dividing the democrat electorate is the only way the republicans will have a snowball chance in the next couple elections

Posted by: rufus1133 | May 9, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Good ad for Richardson and where he is at right now. He needs to let people know he has a lot of experiance on domestic issues as well as abroad. I think he has little or not chance of being president right now. I think he lines himself up good for v.p. along with Biden. I personally would like to see Obama as the V.P., that would give him some time and experiance

Posted by: rufus1133 | May 9, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

We believe in recycling too. We have recycled all our old losers for this upcoming election. that way we can still use the old ideas we still have left over from the 60s. no one has used them yet and sitting on the shelf gathering dust hasn't hurt them, has it?
The war on poverty has gone on for more than five years so maybe we should defund it, but other than that, all our moldy ideas still work for us. Nixon is a crook and a liar, I mean Bush.

Posted by: Democrats | May 9, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I mean Chuck Hagel... of course... sorry

Posted by: Zach | May 9, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

He is without question the most qualified candidate on either side of the aisle... but, I doubt he'll pull out the nomination... possible split ticket with he and Chuck Hegel??!! That is something I could sink my teeth into.

Posted by: Zach | May 9, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I believe in recycling. The last time I went to get a new car, I recycled the old one, not because of a government mandate, just because I wanted to.

Posted by: Razorback | May 9, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The idiot that posts Kalemkarian must be asleep at the switch.

Posted by: Razorback | May 9, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Good call, Saul, I'd forgotten that. Richardson must be going green...he sure believes in recycling. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoQC_RmBGA4

Posted by: Jeffrey | May 9, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Razorback--WHY does Gravel have no chance? Why does Paul have no chance? The more the media controls whose message gets out, the more marginalised they become.

If you want to write rules like having to have 100 000 supporters' signatures, fine. But I am talking about here and now. The oft-disparaged MSM is trying to throw people out of the debates because they refused to let them be known in the first place.

Posted by: roo | May 9, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Aren't these ads stolen from the old "get a high school diploma" ads featuring Lincoln looking for an executive position but not being qualified for lacking an HS diploma?

Posted by: carl | May 9, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

MikeB is mostly concerned with one job only, the one he lost to an Indian. He can't be retrained since he is so dense. so instead he blogs all day and collects unemployment until that runs out. then he will be off to shoot up a local 7-11. After that, the state will cover his expenses.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I am certain that Lincoln / Douglas would have been proud !

Posted by: Dr. Mike Frazier | May 9, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Roo, there has to be some way to keep a goober like MikeB off of the stage during the next debate. Since MikeB and Gravel have the exact same chance of winning the nomination, why is it that goober Gravel gets to participate and goober MikeB doesn't?

There has to be some criteria for deciding who gets to participate and who doesn't. Should this be left to the sponsors of the debate? The political parties? The government? If the rule shouldn't be whoever shows up gets to participate, what should it be?

Posted by: Razorback | May 9, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

love these ads. they couldn't be more on point.

Posted by: fulch | May 9, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

No one wants to debate Richardson's premise that tax cuts create jobs?

Where is MikeB, our union man so concerned about job creation?

Posted by: Razorback | May 9, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post editorial board disgraces itself again.

In an editorial titled "Building a better debate", they explore ways to get rid of those pesky 'no-chance' candidates, COMPLETELY ignoring the fact that in large part they have no chance BECAUSE THEY ARE INTENTIONALLY COVERED LESS by the mainstream media on both sides.

It is an OUTRAGE.

Posted by: roo | May 9, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Great ads. If Richardson wins their nomination, he'll beat whoever we put up. He plays well in every part of the country.

Posted by: redbone | May 9, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Humor is the path to insight and therefore change.

Keep it up!

Posted by: Jasper Jones | May 9, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Excellent ads - by the only Dem who could run them. I have always wondered if what he's done in NMX was achieved with smoke and mirrors, because that state actually ran a surplus under him - with tax cuts - while every other state - oh, well, I mean TX - was hurting.

Razorback mentioned on another blog that he knew something [favorable] of McCain's character from his history, and I agree. I think that of Richardson, too. I think a race between them would provide more light than heat, because they would engage, likely without name-calling.

And I would be assured of a President who understood the scarcity of water - this still means little outside the SW, I know.

Oh well, its still a long way to go, isn't it?

Posted by: Mark in Austin | May 9, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

These are kind of awesome.

I think people might start saying, "who is this Richardson guy?" after these have been on for a while.

Posted by: Brendan | May 9, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"let's get away from phony-ishness in our campaigns"

i guess you don't like edwards or Obama then or hillary? What do you Libs have left who isn't phony?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Razor - you mean like running the Army from the HOR? Or running state from Speaker's position?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

saying "I love America" make you presidential?


no it makes you a Republican or a lying Democrat.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that was me.

Posted by: Golgi | May 9, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

CC said "We're sure Richardson's opponents will say the ads are too cute by half and don't exactly scream "presidential." But they cut through the clutter that is surely to come. And the ads are winners in my mind simply because they are different.

Watch them yourself below. Agree? Disagree?"


Agree with all that. One nice thing about the ads is that watching them is a pleasant experience. Kind of unusual. And Richardson's opponents will surely say that the ads portray him as a dutiful workmanlike go-to guy but not as a world leader. Yup.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The purpose: raise recognition. And these ads will achieve that with a wry sense of humor. I think this is a well-crafted pair of commercials.

Posted by: Tom | May 9, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

drindl, our constitutional lawyer. Just try naming a Constitutional violation drindl, and then duck, because you know whats coming back at you.

Posted by: Razorback | May 9, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Richardson cut taxes in New Mexico, including the capital gains tax, because he said that it would create jobs.

http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/stories/2004/11/22/daily6.html

"In July 2006 the Wall Street Journal touted New Mexico's governor Bill Richardson as a man who "embraced tax cutting and benefited politically." The Journal quoted Richardson approvingly for advising his party that "we have to be the party of growth and the American dream, not the party of redistribution." Which party is Richardson talking about? The Democrats."

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/013/333khsla.asp

Posted by: Razorback | May 9, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

wrapping yourself in 10 flags and saying 'i love america' is just talk. cheap talk. demagoguery. especially if you don't care about the constitution or the country's future, which the R's clearly don't.

Posted by: drindl | May 9, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Not bad, but the version Claire McCaskill ran in '04 against Matt Blunt was much better. Points for originality, though.

Posted by: saulsays | May 9, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Good point drindl - let's get away from phony-ishness in our campaigns. Why the heck does throwing in flags and saying "I love America" make you presidential?

Posted by: freeDom | May 9, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant. I'm not sure most people are going to really care if they're "cute" - most people like humor. They get the record out and are entertaining.

Only problem - they forgot to mention Burma/Myanmar.

Posted by: freeDom | May 9, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

'Scream presidential' -- you mean like there's not enough flags and disucussion of 'terror' and '9/11 every one and a half seconds-- maybe you think he should have done some phony pretentious crap like Mitty and Rudy.

I think this will do well with younger people and get his name mentioned -- then there's the UTube Effect, which I'm sure they're looking for.

Posted by: drindl | May 9, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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