Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Poltical Surge? ... No, Just A Lame Joke

It received low play today (rightfully so), the article noting the Golden Boy General, David Petraeus's plans on speaking in Iowa, in 2010, delivering the commencement address at the University of Iowa.

You know, THAT Iowa, the designated first stop for politicians (and wannabe politicians) to start slobbering that they can save, not only Iowa, but the entire world, in the run for the Presidency.

James Forsyth, of the U.K.'s Spector ran with it;

Previously, it has been thought that Petraeus would not run against a president who had been his Commander in Chief. But there are reports of tension between Petraeus and Obama over both Iraq and Afghan strategy.

Very little is known about Petraeus’s politics and no one knows how he would make the transition from soldier to politician. But if he did enter the race, it would shake things up dramatically. He would instantly become a top tier candidate and the most serious threat to Obama's chances of winning a second term.

Forsyth did note in the article, that he was picking this up from that Flying Monkey, NeoNitWit, Michael Goldfarb, of 'The Weekly (Low) Standard', who also served as Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain's (well, if you can call it this) Communications Director.

Petraeus is actually speaking at Princeton, to which Goldflop sheepishly added "* This was meant as joke, though obviously it fell a little flat. Petraeus has no plans to go to Iowa that I'm aware, this year or next. I regret the confusion that has resulted from my clumsy attempt at humor."

I'm sure the Right Wing Freak Show doesn't like being teased like that.

If Golden Boy announced that he was running, or even thinking about it, for President, the PartyofNoicans would, collectively, say "Sarah Who?"

They couldn't build the biggest throne you've ever seen, fast enough.

And he did, at least once, make mention of it, back in 2007.

President Petraeus? Iraqi official recalls the day US general revealed ambition
The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time.

Sabah Khadim, then a senior adviser at Iraq's Interior Ministry, says General Petraeus discussed with him his ambition when the general was head of training and recruitment of the Iraqi army in 2004-05.

"I asked him if he was planning to run in 2008 and he said, 'No, that would be too soon'," Mr Khadim, who now lives in London, said.
Hmmmm ...

He better do his homework.

Back, when that article appeared, Think Progress, noting the Right Wing Freak Show wetting their pants, but also some other interesting numbers;
The right wing is rooting for Petraeus to take the plunge. On Sept. 6, The New York Sun wrote an editorial titled “Petraeus for President?” The Corner’s Kathryn Jean Lopez approvingly linked to the editorial this morning, titling her post “Dream Sequence.” Last spring, The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol told the Harvard Republican Club that he and other “conservative insider[s]” believe “a ticket of Fred Thompson and David Petraeus might be able to avert electoral disaster for the GOP” in 2008.

It’s unlikely that Petraeus would be as warmly received by the American public. In anticipation of this week’s congressional testimony, 53 percent of the public believed Petraeus would “try to make the situation in Iraq look better than it really is.” According to a Rasmussen poll of major political figures, Petraeus has an approval rating of only 24 percent — a number lower than even Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Not to mention, if he did (or does) harbor desires for the Oval Office, he will have to resign from the Military, at the earliest.

Lest he be in a position to undermine the policies of President Obama, to, how should we say, pad his resume.

And, if he were to run, you know, someone is going to hound him along the campaign trail, how he lost 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols.

Not very Presidential, heh?

Bonus "The King Who Would Be Petraeus" Riffs

The PetraeusReportpalooza

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