I give you the opposition to Bush in the 2004 primaries. Take a gander, oh my Leftist brothers and sisters: these people are your only hope for a contested GOP primary run. Inspiring they ain't; well, that's unfair. We're a special country; regular people really can grow up to be President. Just as long as they start early, pay their political dues, do a lot of unglamorous scutwork, learn how to play by the rules, never misstep and don't try to do end runs around the entire system, of course.
Hey, there's 270+ million people in this country. The process by which you get to lead them for four to eight years should be arcane and frustrating, buddy.
Anyhow, I saw this site because of a post by Atrios, who has of course already picked his horse - meet Blake Ashby, who now enjoys Eschaton's official endorsement as the Republican nominee. Naturally, his comments section is overjoyed* at the thought of someone taking down the evil, evil Bush... sufficiently so that I don't really have the heart to remind them that my party isn't the one that would even consider nominating someone without prior political experience, unless of course it's a no-brainer like Eisenhower (I'm trying to avoid being too snarky, so I'll just note that Clark does not have Eisenhower's reputation and move on).
Or that, contrary to existing fringe agitprop, the average IQ for moderate Republican voters breaks three digits, too: we're capable of figuring out on our own a suitable candidate, thanks - and when somebody's trying to split that damned inconvenient 90% favorability rating.
Or, for that matter, that it's simply too late for any candidate to be anything remotely like a primary threat to Bush. The fact that all of the name-brand Republicans tossed in their cards months ago should have told them something.
I guess that hope springs eternal, and all that.
Still, the main Politics1 site looks interesting enough, although I didn't dig too deeply into the background of it: if it isn't a Barking Moonbat site, it'll probably be handy over the next year. Which means that I guess Blake Ashby might have had an effect on the campaign after all, if only as a useful Google search term.
*When they aren't - I swear to God, look - listing Pat Fragging Buchanan as a better alternative to Bush. I've already gotten used to the demotion of Nixon as King Demon Republican, so that wasn't a shock to see.