September 16, 2004

Don't you dis #7!

I sent a letter to Andrew Sullivan, who linked to this Ryan Lizza piece in The New Republic. I said "Okay, you can bash my President. But when you come after John Elway..."

Lizza and TNR are mad that President Bush lives in a parallel universe with country music and loyal followers. He apparently doesn't beat his breast about difficulties in the MidEast, and:

The economy is, in the words of former Broncos quarterback John Elway, who introduces Bush in Greenwood Village, "the best in the world."

My subject line was "Who's is Better?"

Seriously, I was at that rally, and I cheered when John Elway said that. Looking at GDP growth, unemployment, any reasonable measurement, I would say it is true.

So: an incumbent President is touring the country, giving his supporters the best angle on events. Quite a scoop, Ryan!

Posted by jk at September 16, 2004 01:12 PM
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I predict that #7 will be on a ballot in the not to distant future.

Posted by: dagny at September 16, 2004 09:03 PM

He would certainly start with a leg up in Colorado. But I would have to say that I did not find him very impressive from the podium. He was outclassed, oratorally, by Senator Campbell, Pete Coors and President Bush (no small feat, some would say!)

He was likeable, but he read a prepared speech and struggled to time it around the applause. The experienced speakers showed quite a contrast.

Posted by: jk at September 17, 2004 09:58 AM

Fair enough JK. My perception was similar to yours. He's obviously no political wonk but he did complete a degree at Stanford and could work the "citizen Senator" angle pretty well.

Hypothetically, if John were running against Salazar who would you vote for? Who do you think a majority of Coloradoans would vote for?

Posted by: johngalt at September 18, 2004 08:33 AM

Hypothetically, I think he would beat Ken Salazar (or Abe Lincoln, or George Washington, or Martin Luther King, or Jesus) by double digits.

Posted by: jk at September 19, 2004 10:38 AM

I hope so. All of those guys are dead (only Salazar doesn't know it yet).

Posted by: dagny at September 20, 2004 09:21 PM
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