Monday, October 23, 2006

Gilmo' mo' more

Word around the campfire in Iowa is that Jim Gilmore made an encore appearance in the Hawkeye State this weekend. He campaigned with Steve King and Jim Kurtenbach while he was in town. Gilmore was being hosted by former State Central Committee member Dale Blair (Polk County) on his trip and courted a number of Western Iowa conservatives.

Our position on Gilmore is well documented. And if you don't know what we think about it, you can consult Steven Tyler.

Honestly, a personal rivalry with fellow Virginian George Allen is not enough of a reason to start a Presidential bid. And we're not sure "no car tax" will resonate nationwide.

Let us know if you heard any other Gilmore buzz/nonbuzz

Update: We took an informal poll of the Gang of 50 this morning and the results are not pretty for Gov. Gilmore. He should probably keep his eyes on John Warner's Senate seat of Gov. 09.


Blogger Brent Oleson said...

The more the merrier. Let's have some choices, not a coranation.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Joshua Gross said...

yeah, but "No Car Tax" was still the best campaign slogan I've ever been around... I was living in VA that year, and was SURROUNDED by "NO CAR TAX" yard signs.

No, the circumstances are not the same, and the message won't resonate the same, but for late 90s VA, it worked.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

That should read John Warner's seat OR Gov. 09.

Joshua's right on- that slogan hit a chord in 97- we we're just trying to be cute.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Deplorable Old Bulldog said...

More to the point, Gilmore is smart, articulate and has a pretty good message. He has been impressive in small groups, and we had him in front of about 1200 caucus night.

Name ID can appear in a hurry in the next twelve months. Jim Gilmore is a whole lot more well known and qualified than was Howar[t] Dean at a similar point in time.

I'm not predicting a Gilmore victory but I think he will do far better than does the Cooler, and will outperform some better known candidates on caucus night.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Ted. Gilmore is impressive.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's certainly more impressive than Pataki.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gilmore is impressive but doesn't he have a lot of baggage? His longtime go-to guy, Boyd Marcus, got in trouble for something in Colorado this year. I think Gilmore needs to really take stock before he challenges Allen - the press would love to see a big fight in Virginia. How many of the State Party crowd would welcome Gilmore onto the stage versus Allen?

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