Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Frist for Governor?

Before I get into today's post, I want to congratulate Terry Whalin on opening his literary agency. Good luck, Terry!

Some believed former senate majority leader Bill Frist would make a run for the White House in 2008 but he passed. The Hill is reporting today that Frist is looking very seriously at a run for governor of Tennessee in 2010 with a possible eye on a presidential campaign in 2012 or 2016. Frist is 55 and would be 64 in 2016 which is the more likely time he would run for president, if at all, since whoever is elected in 2008 will be seeking re-election in 2012. Another name for governor that gets batted about is Marsha Blackburn who was in Memphis and Jackson on Monday.

Blackburn is more conservative than Frist and if those are the two republican candidates in the primary we'll have a similar dynamic as in the recent senate races of Lamar Alexander v. Ed Bryant and Bob Corker v. Ed Bryant/Van Hilleary. If memory serves me correctly, then I believe that republican candidates who have won the primary in a statewide race in recent years and then won the general election have all come from the moderate side of the party: Thompson, Frist, Sundquist, Alexander and Corker. It will be interesting to see if that tide turns in 2010.

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