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Cowboy George (Allen) hailed as the Reagan for í08
Sunday Times ^ | October 16, 2005 | Sarah Baxter

Posted on 10/15/2005 6:03:01 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative

A TOBACCO chewing, horse-riding, cowboy boot wearing politician called George could be the Republican party’s choice for president in 2008. With George W Bush in political freefall, speculation is intensifying about his successor. The rising star among conservatives is George Allen, senator for Virginia and former governor of the state.

The son of a famous American football coach, Allen is a minor figure compared with prominent rivals such as Senator John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, but he is more politically mainstream and potentially acceptable to Republican stalwarts.

Bruce Allen, general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pro-football team, has no doubt that his elder brother can go all the way to the White House. “He has always been a leader,” he said. “I would never underestimate what he is able to do. He’s very real and that’s what makes him special.”

Those close to Allen’s unofficial campaign place his chances of winning his party’s nomination at 60-40. Although no senator has won the presidency since John F Kennedy, Allen has hands-on experience as a governor and a folksy, populist touch.

No matter how smart his suit and tie, he is never separated from his “lucky” cowboy boots. Nor will he ever give up his chewing tobacco and spittoon, according to an insider, although he is said to be a Virginia gentleman rather than a Texas swaggerer like Bush.

Sean Hannity, an influential right-wing radio and television host, has been boosting Allen’s prospects by comparing him with Ronald Reagan, a friend of Allen’s father, and declaring him capable of winning every state in the South against Hillary Clinton, the Democrat favourite.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008election; acp; allen; allen2008; bush; cnim; conservatism; georgeallen; gopprimary; reagan; republican
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To: West Coast Conservative

I'd vote for him


21 posted on 10/15/2005 6:16:53 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: West Coast Conservative

Yeah well, they will smear him the moment he has to compromise, just as Reagan and Bush had to if he is elected.


22 posted on 10/15/2005 6:17:16 PM PDT by ladyinred (It is all my fault okay?)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I was going to say, his Dad would be rolling in his grave if he saw that headline.


23 posted on 10/15/2005 6:18:01 PM PDT by dfwgator (Flower Mound, TX)
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To: DLfromthedesert

"He was mine until I learned he voted for the "hate crimes" bill."

Still, that's not nearly as bad as some things other candidates have done.


24 posted on 10/15/2005 6:18:08 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: West Coast Conservative

If Condi doesn't run I my early support goes to George Allen. I agree with what Rush said about him the other day.


25 posted on 10/15/2005 6:18:34 PM PDT by buckeyesrule (Go Bucks! Beat Indiana!)
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To: Howlin; onyx; Mo1; ohioWfan

A "Great-article-on-George-Allen-for-your-perusal" BUMP!


26 posted on 10/15/2005 6:18:39 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("Tucker Carlson could reveal himself as a castrated, lesbian, rodeo clown ...wouldn't surprise me")
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To: Stellar Dendrite

I live in VA I'm sith you brother, George as a good man but he ain't the man if you know what I mean.


27 posted on 10/15/2005 6:18:52 PM PDT by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Interesting article. I'd like to hear more before I judge. It's way too early and this is the first time I've noticed him.


28 posted on 10/15/2005 6:19:57 PM PDT by no more apples (When days like this happen, prayer saves me.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I just don't think Rice has a chance of being the nominee; however, I think she would be perfect for the VP slot. One concern I have with Condi is the fact that she has never been married, I can see the left and the media making all sorts of insinuations about this.


29 posted on 10/15/2005 6:20:32 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Txsleuth
.I think I would like to see some righteous anger right about now....

This country needs it, especially after 5 years of Liberals trying to trash it, and undermine it.

30 posted on 10/15/2005 6:20:49 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("Tucker Carlson could reveal himself as a castrated, lesbian, rodeo clown ...wouldn't surprise me")
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To: pcottraux

George Allen is my early favorite.


31 posted on 10/15/2005 6:21:26 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: pcottraux

You're right. He's better than McCain or Frist, that's for sure.


32 posted on 10/15/2005 6:21:59 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (Texas Cowboy...you da man!!)
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To: DLfromthedesert
"He was mine until I learned he voted for the "hate crimes" bill. I HATE this pc sh-t"

But people who commit crimes either hate or love those they hurt. Love conquers all, but hate is yucky. Do you have a problem with that? And why do you hate your pc sh-t? You seem quite confused and probably shouldn't be allowed to vote in your current state of mind. Chill, Republicans and Democrats differ...just ask Nancy Palosi. Unfortunately Reagan is dead. Fortunately, we got to see him in action.
33 posted on 10/15/2005 6:23:20 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: West Coast Conservative

"Democrats are pressing Ben Affleck, the Hollywood actor, to stand against [Allen, for Senate]."

That is just very sad.


34 posted on 10/15/2005 6:24:50 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: wagglebee

Do you think that Condi, as a single person, would have a problem against Hillay, a woman without a husband by normal standards and a strongly suspected lesbian?

Condi would crush the beast into to pavement.


35 posted on 10/15/2005 6:25:00 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Do you know Landru, Brother?)
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To: lewislynn

Agreed. Bush was Almost a new Reagan in 2001-2003...its a wonder how someone with 88% approval can drop to 45%


36 posted on 10/15/2005 6:25:34 PM PDT by HHKrepublican_2 (you cant spell liberal without an L an I and an E...If the first ammendment doesnt work, use the 2nd)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Love George Allen!!

And, this "George" is actually a conservative!

Another Reagan, definitely not another "W" - who was a big improvement over Clinton, but, aside for a few issues, is pretty far left.
37 posted on 10/15/2005 6:26:04 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: DLfromthedesert

Mike Pence is the one 08 potential candidate who will ALWAYS put put principle above politics and will always fight for limited government.Mike Pence will never let us down.Some of the other potential candidates have compromised with Big Government way too much.


38 posted on 10/15/2005 6:26:09 PM PDT by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
but...didnt allen want bush to meet with cindy?

No, he did not.

BEFORE she began her media circus he said "I would have met with her." Afterwards, he said no.

He never said Bush should meet with her.

39 posted on 10/15/2005 6:26:09 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (You are stuck on stupid, Iím not going to answer that question ~ General Honore)
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To: EDINVA; iceskater; xyz123; Mudboy Slim; Corin Stormhands; jla; Flora McDonald; GeorgeW23225; ...

George Allen ping.


40 posted on 10/15/2005 6:26:40 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (You are stuck on stupid, Iím not going to answer that question ~ General Honore)
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