Tis a mystery afoot. Unbeknownst to many people is the identity of this dark figure. Here is what we know so far from Dana Milbank at the Washington Post
The candidate, immersed in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, sat down to lunch yesterday with reporters at a Capitol Hill steakhouse and shared his views about this year’s political currents.
He is quoted as saying:
On the Iraq war: “It didn’t work. . . . We didn’t prepare for the peace.” On the response to Hurricane Katrina: “A monumental failure of government.” On the national mood: “There’s a palpable frustration right now in the country.”
“It’s all fairly standard Democratic boilerplate — except the candidate is a Republican . And he’s getting all kinds of cooperation from the White House, the Republican National Committee and GOP congressional leaders.
Not that he necessarily wants it. “Well, you know, I don’t know,” the candidate said when asked if he wanted President Bush to campaign for him. Noting Bush’s low standing in his home state, he finally added: “To be honest with you, probably not.”
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) says of the candidate:
“He’s the best!”
There are many more clues at The Washington Post.
If it weren’t for the first hint that the mystery figure was running for reelection, I would have said it was John Thune of South Dakota.
As reported at FreeRepublicans.com last Friday afternoon, John Thune says “put me in charge, and stay away from Bush”
“If I were running in the state this year, you obviously don’t embrace the president and his agenda,” Thune told reporters at the National Press Club. He said the Iraq war is Bush’s biggest problem.
“The first thing I’d do is acknowledge that there have been mistakes made,” he said. “Our candidates have to draw and point out differences in how they would approach and win the war in Iraq and how their opponents would. The biggest thing we have going for us on that issue is that Democrats are very divided.”
“Clearly we are facing a headwind if you look at the national political environment,” Thune said. “The president’s numbers in most places aren’t good … these are going to be tough races to win.”
“What our candidates have to effectively do is make it about a choice,” he said. “Who can move forward with a positive agenda?”
Meanwhile, I gotta buy another bag of Scooby Snacks.