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The Republicans

Andy Busch’s take on the GOP candidates, in NCAA basketball torunament terms:

"The Republican race should be seen as a multiple-round elimination tournament that started with three brackets, each of which has pitted two contenders vying with each other for the right to be the one Republican who can plausibly represent a particular niche in the field."

Fine piece.

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Dr. Schramm your link leads to an book page.

Sorry. Fixed.

What an entertaining way to look at the race.

However, what I am hearing out here in Ohio from people of all sorts is that they do not like those niches nor are they comfortable with those who fill them. What I hear is the longing for some dark horse, (no one ventures a candidate's name, especially NOT Ron Paul's) who will emerge (Oh and, please, hurry up) and sweep the field. Is there always this much discontent among Republicans? Maybe.

Whoever wins our nomination, the final contest, and I mean the general election, looks from this point in time to be real misery in that it will not be case of the-most-personable-guy-gets-to-win, as who is so personable out there that people just like him (certainly not her) in spite of themselves? It might not get to be a contest of ideas, either. The ugly aspect of that is no one is quite sure about ideas these days. Maybe Senator Schumer is right that Reaganism is dead. Maybe the people I am talking to are in the denial of grief over the fact.

If it is neither of those, then what a nasty contest might it be, with candidates that no one particularly likes beating on each other to the end. What sport.

This is an increasingly two man race between Rudy and Huckabee

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