Its official, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn), will not be running for the Republican nomination for President in 2008. It's not clear if Senator Frist was just the last to know he would not be getting Presidential cufflinks, or if he just held off the announcement.
None of the likely possibilities for the Republican nomination do much for me. It is always been pretty clear that Vice-President Cheney wasn't running. I like him very much, but why he was not encouraged to bow-out in 2004 or last year for "reasons of health" or to tour the wine country is somewhat mysterious to me. Yes, yes, that would be rotten treatment of a loyal public servant who has served us well, but this is politics, so what does that have to do with anything ?
Since we can't promote the Vice President, we (meaning conservatives and Republicans) aren't left with much. Mayor Giuliani is too liberal and has some baggage. Governor Romney has basically the right politics, but he is a Massachusetts Yankee too far from the party's base of power. Governor Jeb has the wrong last name. As for the Governator: he doesn't have the right birth certificate. That leaves, for the most part, a grab-bag of other dull, half-baked or untried possibilities.
Looks pretty obvious to me where we have to go. Can't say I like it at all. . .