So as George Bush is being repatriated to his native ranch in Texas, here is the old lineup of falling stars that will be soaring into the ether in 2009:
Fred Thompson will succeed Bill O'Reilly's radio show in March. He will cover a lot of distance in the four-year run-up to 2012. Confounding the media that sized him up as a formidable presidential candidate in 2008, Thompson emerged more as a sleep-deprived politician and netted an ever-so-silent o.5 pct. of the Republican vote.
Mike Huckabee will be back, too. Already visible with a Fox TV show(sufficiently after church, at 11 p.m. Sundays) Huckabee will begin a a radio talk show on ABC in January. He has given every indication that he is an unannounced candadate for the presidency in 2012. Wanna predict what he'll be talking about?
Rudy Giuliani, who had been in the loop as a replacement for O'Reilly's radio show, was shut out, but is still shopping around for a radio spot. Rudy never knows when to stop talking and was off the reservation a number of times during the campaign. No one conceived of a worse campaign strategy as he idled in Florida and elsewhere waiting for lightning to ignite his chances.
Get out your delegate counters. And leave some space for other winner-take-all talkers. Or you can simply turn off the radio and wait for the movie. It couldn't hurt.