Lamar Alexander's New Try for the White House

If the GOP presidential race needs a candidate with a sense of humor, Alexander might jump in.

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After two failed tries for the presidency, is Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander ready to dust off his plaid shirt for another run? Washington's exclusive Alfalfa Club thinks so. The group of big shot politicians and Washingtonians, whose main purpose is to hold a late January joke-filled dinner and political roast, picked Alexander as their nominee for president at Saturday night's soiree. [See a slide show of 10 GOP frontrunners in 2012.]

If the 2012 GOP presidential primary race needs a candidate with a sense of humor, then Alexander might seriously consider getting in because while Saturday night's event was off-the-record, his funny remarks have leaked to Whispers and insiders say he was a hit with his songs skewering everybody from Obama to himself.


 
Here's what went down: To cap the white-tie event, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stood to nominate Alexander, a former two-term Tennessee governor and secretary of education, as Alfalfa's "nominee" for president. Alexander accepted by singing some re-written songs as he played the piano, telling jokes in between the tunes. He ended with a serious speech in which he quoted Roots author and friend Alex Haley who said, "find the good and praise it." Alexander told the audience that they should "find the good and praise it--the good in our country and in each other." He then played a solo piano of Amazing Grace.
 
Alexander's acceptance presentation opened with his lyrics to "A Few of My Favorite Things." Our note taker sent these lyrics:
 
Favorite Things 
Mid term disaster for Dems named Obama
Sarah is leading the grizzlies called mama
Tri-an-gu-la-tion is back in the news 
The White House is following Bill Clinton's views
 
Nancy is out and is no longer speaker
Everyone's mad at the web wikileaker
Deficit's soaring and it's out of sight
What the hell, I will announce here tonight
 
W's new book has become a best seller
He's unemployed now but still a nice feller
It's been good news for Alfalfa this year-- 
Who even knows if Barack was born here
 
When the polls dip,
When there's gridlock
Let's not blame BP
We have a real choice it's time for Lamar 
So thank you for picking me.
 
Then, in a poke at House Speaker John Boehner's knack for crying, he sang, it's Crying Time Again:
 
Oh, it's cryin' time again for Mr. Speaker
Could it be that Camel lite smoke in his eyes
Who knows if he just heard some sad sad story
Or if he's reacting to some spray tan dye
 
In between, Alexander told some jokes about running for president. "I know I can beat President Obama. We're complete opposites. I've actually hired people who don't live in Chicago. And I don't mean Rahm," he kidded, followed by, "To be able to compete with me [President Obama] may have to take drastic steps. He may have to replace Joe Biden on the ticket. And if Joe asks why, here is what the president can tell him." Then Alexander played the tune, You Talk Too Much.
 
His final song, I Saw the Light, included an accompaniment by the Joyce Garret Singers who ended the tune by taking off their black robes to reveal plaid shirts.
 
I Saw the Light
[I] wandered so aimless, just couldn't win
Went to the Senate, stuck there again
Alfalfa came to save my career
On my way, White House next year! 
 
Chorus 
White House next year, White House next year.
Leaving the Senate; do not fear
Alfalfa came to save his career
He's on his way, White House next year!
 
Stuck in the center (I) wandered alone
Treaties like START I claimed for my own.
When I filibuster the crowd will all cheer
On my way, White House next year!
 
Chorus
White House next year, White House next year.
Leaving the Senate; do not fear
Alfalfa came to save his career
He's on his way, White House next year! 
 
(piano interlude)
 
I was a fool to run twice before
Nobody cared, my speeches did bore
Alfalfa came to save my career
On my way, White House next year!
 
Chorus
White House next year, White House next year.
Leaving the Senate; do not fear
Alfalfa came to save his career
He's on his way, White House. . . next year!
 

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