First, as James Pindell notes, Petraeus lives in New Hampshire. He's registered to vote there as a Republican.
Petraeus attends a lot of fancy private dinner gatherings in Washington. I have never been to one of these gatherings, but I've spoken with several folks who've attended several of them, and they all seem to come away with the impression that Petraeus is far more interested in exploring his political options than he says publicly.
He's speaking at St. Anselm's College, the site of many historic political moments -- Ronald Reagan paid for his microphone there. No one runs for president without speaking at St. A's New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
I presume but don't know that Petraeus will run as Republican. Maybe he'd run as an independent. How does Petraeus fit in with the Tea Partiers, the Libertarians, the Social Conservatives? He certainly upstages Mitt "No Apology" Romney by sheer force of conviction. He's not a terribly good political speaker, though, even though he gets the politics of large institutions quite small. Also, he's small in stature. Do not be mislead into believing that a candidate's height -- even a general's height -- doesn't matter. Wes Clark can tell a few stories about that.
When Petraeus sets food in Cedar Rapids...now that'll be something to watch.
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