Apart from the fact that Governor Richardson has delivered for New Mexico, taken a pioneering stance on the war, and other issues - I thought it fair to ask the question, which candidate best deletes the instilled methodologies and practices of Karl Rove, either in campaign or office. Viz. What would a celebrity deathmatch, between Karl Rove and Bill Richardson?
Thanks to Rove's recent resignation, and of course, the GOP finally waking up to the fact that fact that he was given a candidate opposition in 2000 that had refused to associate himself with one of the most successful presidencies in the history of the United States, and had "Joementum" Joe Lieberman as the running mate - he was unable to deliver a knockout blow. I imagine, since he's the title champ - Rove would get to walk around first, in the ring, holding the 2004 belt up in the air. Crickets. And then, both to their respective corners.
In the red, on the right. Weighing in at.. oh forget it. You don't want to know.. Karl Rove, the "architect" , would stand in the corner. At his side would be his trainer and friend, his grandfather - wearing the extensive, comfortable dealings with the Third Reich that are his public family history.
Rove would open up with partisanship, maybe use sexual orientation as a political weapon, and then, if he really was desperate he might even resort to breaking and entering (at least what we know of from his police record). And finally, he'll deliver the "catch phrase". Maybe it will be "freedom fries" Ok so maybe freedom fries wasn't his idea, I know he will deny it. But we all know he tried to remove the blue christmas ornaments from the white house christmas tree. We have the negatives.
In the blue, coming in hard from the left, and striking at the center of the ring, Bill Richardson - Opening up with a workable 1-2-3 Iraq solution roundhouse kick. 200 billion dollars would slams back into American bank accounts! He'd then back it up with a shattering early round voices against the war (2003 - three years early), deliver a strong Homeland Security department(2002) and then maybe he'll reach over and pull the towel off the towelheaded Osama Bin Laden (attempted to capture him by extradtion, 1998, negotiating with the Taliban). The crowd will go wild.
So the next round, would be campaign tactics. Rove is dangerous here. Did the opposition ever expect the attack ad to bounce off , and a positive and extremely competitive Richardson campaign message re-define the tone of the entire campaign?
Rove would be flying his man over the Katrina death zone, and then staging photo ops with firemen while they're trying to work there. Then he would follow up with a smothering "sign a loyalty oath, to participate in this debate" whenever his boy gets out there. Richardson, on the other hand, actually came down to Atlanta and met people. He sets up town halls. He goes to Moveon.org Town hall debates. Rove would be fast with his hands, trying to select the best questions that would set up his deadly "catch phrase" pollster knockout.
But Bill Richardson would take it like a man and straight from the floor. If you go to any of his campaign events, I bet you'd find this out. Rove would reel back, having spent his last 20 million dollar punch and connecting with nothing. All of his best punches were sized for hitting Hillary down south of the belt. And rrrrrRove is down for the count. The decision is for Richardson. Birds sing! Puppies Dance! Cheney admits Iraq was a mistake! (click the shirt for a free prize)
I honestly feel its a good metric. IMHO Rove's tactics and especially his ability to tie everything to corporate campaign contributions have changed the american political landscape. And as Nancy Pelosi said, there is a huge swamp to be drained. (still!)(hey she's off to a good start!). Unique among all other candidates, Richardson has changed the tone and content of this race , in my view, with his position to remove all troops from Iraq and then following up with a series of sharp campaign ads to back up the idea that the presidency actually includes , among many other things, diplomacy. Who here, really believes that Bill Richardson would be the kind of President that would not be able to figure out which door to open, during a press conference? This was , or is a gedankenexperiment meant to test how well your candidate can obliterate the atmosphere of partisanship in DC. Try it with your candidate, it might help? Just speaking as a person from the south, be careful with this if you are an HRC fan, I think the opposition was planning to hit a girl this year. >.)
And actually, the real reason I would go is so that I could see Bill Richardson wrap Karl Roves head up in the ropes, like a twist tie, and then flip him out over the crowd like a pudgy zeppelin.
Whats interesting, is that the the race in Iowa is tightening. This might mean that one or all of the other candidates could do the same? Tag Team? ... Did I miss any good moves here?