Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rick Lazio is making a comeback.

Rick Lazio, as you might recall, was the liberal New York congessman who ran against Hillary Clinton in her first senatorial campaign back in 2000. That was also the year the Senator John McCain was making his first insurgent presidential bid against George W. Bush. Lazio displayed his brilliant talent for politics by deciding to copy the losing McCain campaign style for most of the election. This strategy positioned Lazio as a champion of campaign finance reform running against the most notorious practicioner of campaign finance fraud of his day.

At the time, campaign finance reform must have seemed like a good idea to Lazio, but after the 2008 elections, we now know that campaign finance reform is a sure-fire recipe for testicle-crushing electoral defeats. Of course, Lazio could see the writing on the wall, so when his campaign finance reforms had him facing certain defeat in November, he decided boldy to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by accusing his opponent, then First Lady of the United States, of being directly responsible for the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The collective belly laugh issuing from the New York public is still the third loudest in New York history, exceeded only by John McCain naming Sarah Palin to be his 2008 presidential running mate and by John McCain blaming the September 2008 financial collapse on Bill Ayers.

Yet, the world has changed. Rick Lazio is no longer the world's biggest loser after Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential election loss, and Rick Lazio is also a bold, far-sighted, responsible leader compared to the cartoon characters currently in charge of the New York state government. This makes it a perfect time for him to get back into politics in a big way:
Former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio is apparently running for governor of New York.

The Republican has made no public announcement, but has formed a campaign committee. His Web site uses language that points to a run. It says the 2010 governor's race is "critical" to New York's future and promises that "if elected," he'll get the state moving.

Lazio lost to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2000 Senate race.


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