Ok, now that I have your un-divided attention, do you really believe such a thing as an ideal candidate really exists?... well here is your chance to convert me to your cause.
The mission (should you choose to accept it) is to give me your best one-two punch for (first) winning the primaries and (second) winning the white house. Don't just lob me a dashing-duo just because it would look good in a stick banner on somebody's front lawn; tell me something I don't know ( I know, I stole that from Chris Mathews, but he won't care, trust me...)
As host, let me toss my shaven dome in the ring first.
Not that I want to be held to this vote BUT if the election were held today (and taking into account that my beloved Libertarian party will be but a bleep on the electorate radar screen), I would go with
Simple reasons. Rudy is like me, a quasi-fiscal conservative with libertarian views on liberties. He can't be hammered on defense or foreign policy because in spite of virtually no military or international deplomacy experience he is an International Star, period. His appeal crosses wealth classes and state lines here at home. His visibility after 9/11 was carried around the world and that is more political capital than GWB ever got. As long as he surrounds himself with able cabinet members he will shine. Domestically, it was he who cleaned the mob's clock in New York as District Attorney. As mayor he cleaned New York city streets of crime and blight better than any of his predecessors. If you can do that in the big Apple you certainly have my vote. As to his negatives?... look the ex-wife thing, the lover or whatever is peripheral to me. I thought Clinton's and Kennedy's White House trysts showed an incredible lapse of judgement but I really don't give a hoot. Tommy Jefferson was having illegitimate kids with his slaves and he is damn near fully responsible for most of the Country being what it is. Tawdry behavior? yes, absolutely, a disqualifier? please, not even close... let get off our moral high horse. We are electing the President not the Pope.
As to Mike Huckaby, this guy is an up and comer, I just love the guy. Click the link and read a Daily Kos posting and subsequent comments. If you get on Kos' radar screen for any reason, then you have surely arrived. The more I read his interviews, the more his mug is on C-Span, the more I think he would be the perfect foil. Southern Gentleman to Rudy's city slickness, ability to cover Rudy's right flank with the conservative base, a good example to all Americans for shedding a ton of weight, writing a book and then preaching good health habits to kids around the country. This guy has been combing Iowa in stealth mode and everybody, and I mean everybody raves about his political skills.
Lastly they both are compatible. I can see them talking late at night, just the two of them -on any serious issue- and I can visualize both getting the intangibles of the conversation at hand. I get other visions of Bush and Cheney late at night, but this is a family show :)
Ok, Sports Fans.. let er rip! Talk to me!