Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tony Leys for President? "Why Not?"

Apparently Tommy Thompson thinks he's running for President.

We're not sure what's more telling about Tommy Thompson's revelation: that the story was broken in the Des Moines Register by Tony Leys or that the phrase "Why Not" was prominently involved.

Tony Leys? Who the hell is that. We at the Cooler have spent the last 15 months religiously reading political articles in the Register and have never seen this guys byline before today. Also in reflecting the seriousness with which the Iowa "Paper of Record" takes Thompson's candidacy they gave the story 5 grafs.

Thompson then goes on to make this announcement by saying, "I hope so, “Why not? I’m from the Midwest. There should be a Midwestern candidate for president.”

That's a real sign of strength when you are making a bid for the Presidency.

He thinks the two top issues will be health care and energy- we think he might be overlooking the War on Terror.

We find the guys who float their name for President just to stay relevant quite amusing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

tony leys might not cover politics full time, but he has covered the statehouse from time-to-time

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Tommy (and Tony,) there IS a midwesterner running - one with 17 state committees, 99 county chairs in Iowa, and 11 visits to the state, as well as an active national organization - John Cox.

Without the total media blackout by the elite media, including the Register, Tommy would have known that before saying something so stupid.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta admit that I have no idea who John Cox is. So who is he?

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A businessman from the midwest running for President.

8:20 AM  
Blogger texas_tyrant8 said...

That campaign slogan has actually been used already in the recent past. The Kinky Friedman for Governor (of Texas) campaign used the slogan "Why the Hell Not?" Seriously, he had t-shirts and bumper stickers and everything. Kinky finished in a repectable fourth place out of four candidates, so I think his message really resonated with voters. Check out

It's got a nice ring... Thommy Thompson for President. Why the hell not?

You go Tommyboy!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Brent Oleson said...

"Secretary Thompson has dedicated his professional life to public service, most recently serving as governor of Wisconsin from 1987 through 2000. Secretary Thompson made state history when he was re-elected to office for a third term in 1994 and a fourth term in 1998. Secretary Thompson began his career in public service in 1966 as a representative in Wisconsin's state Assembly. He was elected assistant Assembly minority leader in 1973 and Assembly minority leader in 1981. Secretary Thompson received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison." Source:Official Government Bio.
"Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is a member of the Council for National Policy, a secretive right-wing group that meets to set strategy for their movement. CNP's membership roster includes prominent politicians like Senate Majority leader Trent Lott as well as Religious Right leaders Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Reed, and Pat Robertson." --People for the American Way.

You have in Tommy someone with some real conservative street cred. He can also appeal to women and moderates with his Badgercare program and views on stem cell research. I wouldn't be so dismissive of him.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Brent Oleson said...

"We find the guys who float their name for President just to stay relevant quite amusing." Caucus Cooler

You mean like Mitt, who wouldn't have even won re-election in his own state as Governor (nor could he get his party's nominee elected this last go around). Well, your right CC, at least he will be relevant for another year or so. You did mean that didn't you?

10:46 AM  
Blogger murphy said...

I find it amusing that some people fault Mitt for winning in MA at all (ie. "that Mitt guy must be a liberal") and some fault Mitt for not winning in MA enough.

Pretending to know (much less care) the results of what might have happened had Mitt run for reelection is almost as silly as thinking Healey's unelectability in MA reflects poorly on Romney's electability nation-wide.

If your name isn't Romney, McCain, Giuliani, or Gingrich, you're just not at the big boys' table. No offense Tommy.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Max you're always trying to get us in trouble.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

Yea Tommy, now get your ass back to the card table with the other kids and stop borrowing the only salt shaker.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the mitt-ites and the Pataki-uns are right about Thompson's late start. And normally that would be it, but Repbulicans are coming off of bloody Tuesday where all that capital was spent for almost nothing. It could end up hurting a candidate, except for John Cox, to have 06 blood on his/her shirt tails.

Thompson will probably use a fresh start strategy and work his national conservative network to help build support in the early states. Given the number of geezers and GOP liberals currently running, it's not impossible to move from upstart to credible in this field in short order.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Brent Oleson said...

Sorry Cooler (snicker).

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your name isn't Romney, McCain, Giuliani, or Gingrich, you're just not at the big boys' table. No offense Tommy.

Murphy, it's political hacks like you, telling the American voter WHOM they will be ALLOWED to vote for, that really ticks them off.

Be prepared for the backlash, buddy. The celebrity politicians have had their day, and failed.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Yoda said...

Hmmm... Murphy must have really peed in your cheerios by making such a strong argument huh anon?

WAR card table references

11:08 AM  
Blogger murphy said...

Anon 10:43, go learn how to read. I didn't tell anyone how to vote.

WAR peeing in anonymous posters' cheerios

2:39 PM  
Blogger Krustette said...

War not eating breakfast with Yoda or Murphy!!!!!!

3:36 PM  

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