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"‘Draft Kudlow’ Movement Picking Up Steam" headlines News Max in an Insider Report that just came in over the transom:
A rising voice is calling for CNBC talk host and supply-side economist Larry Kudlow to challenge liberal New York Sen. Chuck Schumer in this year’s election.
Could anything be more delicious than the thought of replacing New York's unctuous, out-of-touch, all-about me Senior Senator with the fresh-faced voice of reason and boyish enthusiasm that is former Reagan economics advisor — and early Sarah Palin fan! — Larry Kudlow? News Max continues:
And Kudlow said he is going to give a possible run “careful consideration.”
Newsmax first disclosed that Kudlow could have political aspirations back in March 2009, reporting that he was mulling a bid for Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd’s Senate seat from Connecticut. Kudlow announced several weeks later that he wasn’t running.
But on Jan. 20, Newsmax reported that “the New York political scene is buzzing with talk of a movement to draft Larry Kudlow” to run as a Republican challenger to Schumer.
A week ago the "Buffalo News reported that Michael Caputo, who served as a speechwriter for Rep. Jack Kemp, is leading an online movement to draft Kudlow for the race, and has set up a Web site at www.draftkudlow.com":
At one point, the prospect of unseating Schumer in blue state New York seemed a long shot. First elected in 1998, he serves as the vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and is considered the third most powerful Democrat in the Senate. He won re-election in 2004 with more than 70 percent of the vote, and is said to have amassed a campaign war chest of more than $30 million for this year’s race.
But the stunning Jan. 19 election win by Republican Scott Brown in blue state Massachusetts has changed that thinking.
It's that Glenn Reynolds disintermediation-of-the-old-boy-networks-via-the-internet thing. Speaking of which, be sure to treat yourself to the Instapundit's latest Washington Examiner column, "More impact is what's next for the Tea Party movement," a concise, terse, pithy summary of what just happened while the so-called mainstream media blinked. A few excerpts, and then be sure to read the whole thing:
A year ago, the Tea Party movement didn't exist. Today, it is arguably the most popular political entity in America. The movement is already more popular than the Republican or Democratic parties, according to a recent NBC / WSJ poll …
And, of course, Scott Brown's come-from-behind blowout in Massachusetts occurred in no small part because of money and volunteers from the Tea Party movement around the nation.
This is heady stuff — and, for people in the political establishment, both Republicans and Democrats, it's worrying stuff. If political movements can bubble up from below, and self-organize via the Internet, what will happen to the political class?
Term limits by other means, anyone?
Update: Maggie's links. Thanks, News Junkie!