Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Gilmore for President

As many of you have probably seen, the RTD is reporting that Jim Gilmore has formed an exploratory committee to run for president. Alot of blogs are weighing in on this today.

I personally think Gilmore will have a great shot at getting the GOP nomination if he can raise a decent amount of money and get a staff ad organization together quickly. He has military and national security creditials as well as name ID from being RNC Chairman. He is also one of few people who will do what they say when running for office. He is also a social conservative that is not going to be someone who will only focus on social issues; which is something the GOP badly needs. Finally, we need someone to bring the business community back to being solidly behind the GOP by actually being fiscally responsible. Jim Gilmore can do that.

Many people are questioning his ability to win when he "botched" the car tax repeal and put us into "dire financial straits". The problem with that is that he was just unlucky like any other executive who is in office when a recession hits. He cannot be blamed for the tech bubble burst, which led to the state's decline in revenue. All the while, he still tried to repeal the car tax; because thats what he said he was going to do. Not only that, it was pushed in the hopes it would help spur a better economy by doing so.

Futhermore, the same people who question Gilmore's abilities think Mark Warner would be a legitamite presidential candidate. Why? All he did was raise taxes and spending. Anyone can do that.

I think if Jim Gilmore can get some traction early, he will make this a very interesting race for the GOP presidential nomination.


  • At 12/20/2006 3:44 PM, Anonymous Jackson said…

    Dude, bring it.

  • At 12/20/2006 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Two words: CAR TAX

    His single major piece of legislation was a failure.

  • At 12/20/2006 7:10 PM, Anonymous Valley Dem said…

    PLEASE OH PLEASE let Jim Gilmore run for President and mount a strong showing as to somehow get on the GOP ticket. We'll take the easy opposition all day long!!!

  • At 12/20/2006 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jim is not that well liked in VA, how can he run for President?

  • At 12/22/2006 9:29 AM, Anonymous Charlie Fugate said…

    Jim Gilmore has credentials, there's not doubt about that. As far as easy pickings... didn't our 41st President also occupy the RNC Chair before moving on to other endeavors?

    I personally like Jim Gilmore, I think he is vastly underrated, but I believe that Giuliani, McCain and perhaps Gingrich have better drawing power. Ultimately though it's about vision. Does Jim Gilmore have that vision, maybe. I'm in wait and see mode right now, still reeling from the Allen defeat.

  • At 12/22/2006 2:24 PM, Blogger Gold_h2o said…

    He could also me making a play to get the nod for VP.

    IMO, It's a good fit for him. He may not have the best credentials for the top spot but he does have an excellent resume for the #2 spot.

    A Giuliani/Gilmore, McCain/Gilmore and perhaps Gingrich/Gilmore doesn't look that bad.

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  • At 12/27/2006 6:09 PM, Anonymous Shades of Light said…

    PR move - he wants to get his name out for Senate '08 and/or Governor '09.

  • At 4/27/2007 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is very suprising that Mr. Gilmore thinks he even had a chance at the presidency. He was a complete failure as a governor of Va. We all need to remeber when he left office he left governor elect Warner with a huge Deficit. We do not need a former governor who left office as a failure , to run our country. He is in a state of total denial if he thinks he even has a chance of winning with his failed record . The American people will all see what a joke this is , but after all this is a free country and anybody has the chance to win , except a former governor who failed the citizens of the state of Va.


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