I hope he responds well to treatment. We need to keep his voice around for a long time. However this very likely takes his name off the table for the Presidential primary season. He's likely to have too many days, thanks to both the disease and its treatment, when he just won't have the energy to do all the things such a candidate needs to do to be effective. Plus the uncertainty it gives the electorate would hurt his chances. However, presuming he responds well, it could still leave him in the running for VP as there he wouldn't have to work hard until the convention.
Between this announcement and Newt jumping the shark yesterday by endorsing both global warming and Kerry's book the GOP electorate needs to face the fact that we're stuck with just the candidates we already have. Fred can't run and nobody would want Newt. I don't think there's anyone else significant out there poised to join the race. For better or Hillary put an end to your wishful thinking and work at narrowing the current list down to one in a way that produces both a good candidate and one sufficiently intact to beat the Rats. Otherwise in another four years we'll be needing a Pied Piper to clear out DC.
Between this announcement and Newt jumping the shark yesterday by endorsing both global warming and Kerry's book the GOP electorate needs to face the fact that we're stuck with just the candidates we already have.
Fred was treated successfully for this three years ago.
Let's not spin the politics of this, since we have no idea what the impact is on Fred's decision to enter the race. Let's hope he stays healthy, whether or not he enters the race.
posted on 04/11/2007 6:54:53 AM PDT
(Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
I thought the same, but, he’s known about it since ‘04, been undergoing treatment this whole time, and already said he was considering a run - he may well be running and just clearing the air before someone else leaks it.
posted on 04/11/2007 7:10:20 AM PDT
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Not likely. Fred was treated successfully three years ago, and in this respect, he's not different then from either Rudy nor McCain. If Fred's cancer is reason for him not to run, then so is Rudy's. For that matter, Dick Cheney's heart condition should have "disqualified" him in 2000 to be Veep, since he might have to take the reins of power if Bush were ever incapacitated in some way.
My prayers are with Fred and his family today.
And it's a shame that there are as many deleted posts on this thread as there are. What kind of sick, dung-throwing hoot-monkeys celebrate a man getting cancer? What is this, Daily Kos?
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