George Allen in 2008 Speculation


On Principles & Values: Conservative alternative to McCain in presidential jockeying

Senator George Allen is the only person in Virginia who wears cowboy boots. Itís a warm and bright spring day at the annual Virginia political fest known as Shad Planking. Once a whites-only event where state Democrats picked their nominees, Shad Planking is now a multiracial affair where candidates from both parties come to show off their regular-guy bona fides and trade lighthearted barbs. Beer flows freely. Knots of tailgaters gossip about state politics. In a clearing amid tall pines, shad is cooked on long wooden boards. Though the two Democrats fighting for a shot to challenge Allen this year in his Senate reelection campaign both show up for the event, Allen clearly owns the crowd, as the sea of royal blue Allen T-shirts and baseball caps makes clear. The senator has emerged as the principal conservative alternative to John McCain in the early jockeying among 2008 Republican presidential candidates, and todayís event is a reminder of what conservatives love about him.
Source: 2008 speculation: Ryan Lizza, The New Republic May 8, 2006

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