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Bobby Jindal for Pres? Get real.

Now that the election is officially over, (oh wait…) the pundits have begun speculating who will take the GOP reins in 2012. (Because you guys are all sick, I tell ya!) Some (notably, one of my personal favorite columnists, Jonathan … Read More

By / October 30, 2008

Now that the election is officially over, (oh wait…) the pundits have begun speculating who will take the GOP reins in 2012. (Because you guys are all sick, I tell ya!)

Some (notably, one of my personal favorite columnists, Jonathan Chait) have suggested that the party will turn to Sarah Palin. And more recently a squabble has broken out between Christopher Orr (another fave) and Ross Douthat about whether Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will prevail. Certain die hard Romney fans think the Mittster should be given another chance.

Oh, come on, guys! Am I the only one who has figured out who the 2012 GOP nominee will be?

It’ll be General David Howell Petraeus.

That comes, of course, with a lot of caveats. Lord only knows if he has any interest in the job. (Like Sherman he might say "If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve.") And I haven’t the faintest idea whether he has any political skills. (He might turn out to be too much of a loose cannon like Douglas MacArthur.) But from what I’ve seen of him, he doesn’t look like too big of a nut. If he can be persuaded to run on the Republican ticket I think he’ll strike most Americans as Dwight Eisenhower-like. And I think it will set a fire under Republicans. (In fact, before McCain clinched it earlier this year, I half-thought the party elders might arrange for him to swoop into the primaries and engineer a nomination.)

Just remember: You heard it here first.

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