The last time the New York Sun looked beyond the existing Republican presidential field for their dream candidate, the conservative paper’s editorial board begged Dick Cheney to throw his hat into the ring. Today, the Sun’s imagination went in an even more creative direction.
“I am prepared, even eager, to command our forces in this battle — but only on one condition: That you signal that you share my goal of victory. If you think I am mistaken and wish to continue your efforts to undermine me, then I cannot command. Absent that signal, I will resign, effective immediately, and take my case to the voters in a run for the presidency on a campaign to finish the work of winning the war and redeeming the sacrifice of so many Iraqis, allies, and our own GIs.”
That’s the speech we’d like to see General Petraeus deliver to Congress on the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Yes, the New York Sun wants Petraeus to run for president in order to keep Bush’s Iraq policy in place.
Amanda has a detailed response to all of this, but keep one other thing in mind: counting all of the announced GOP candidates, including some who’ve already dropped out, Republicans have had 11 presidential hopefuls to choose from, and they’re still pining for some other candidate to get into the race and save the party.
That’s just sad.