Ardent Peyton Manning fan starts presidential buzz with “Peyton for President” website

posted at 6:35 pm on March 12, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Townhall reader Mark Hallyburton had the ingenious idea to try to preemptively recruit supporters for a Peyton Manning 2012 presidential campaign — so, when Peyton declares, he’ll already have a potential donor list at his disposal. To that end, Hallyburton created a website, “Peyton for President,” and started the Twitter hashtag #peyton4pres.

“This is not a joke,” the website declares. “This is a plea: America, stand up and do something historic.”

Hallyburton’s reasoning is compelling: “Conservatives need a champion. Peyton Manning needs a job,” but, as Townhall’s Elisabeth Meinecke writes, his dream of Peyton taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will probably go unfulfilled:

Sadly, I think Manning will find a job way before conservatives find their champion. That being said, Peyton’s had a history of contributing to Republicans (George Bush, Fred Thompson, Richard Lugar, and Bob Corker), so it’s probably a more logical fit than many other A-list athletes would be. …

While the odds of something like this happening are about as good as the Colts going undefeated next year or Paris Hilton piloting a space ship, the concept of athletes jumping from sports to politics is a road that’s been traveled several times before. Unfortunately, this is one late-game comeback Peyton probably can’t swing, and likely doesn’t want to.

2016, anyone?

Still, so far, the “Peyton for President” campaign has had its fair share of success. The site has been live for just two days and Hallyburton says he’s received more than 1,000 e-mail addresses.

Manning’s next move is of interest to everybody from Mark Hallyburton to Alec Baldwin. Delegate math aside, if Manning decided to run for the GOP nomination, it’d wake up sleepy Republicans who’ve been dissatisfied with their choices from Day One and annoy liberals who like to claim all cultural icons for themselves. We can dream.


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Is he even eligible? Age wise?

lorien1973 on March 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Is he even eligible? Age wise?

lorien1973 on March 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

He is 36, so squeaks by.

rbj on March 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

More leadership experience compared to our current President when he got elected.

Oil Can on March 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I’m down for this, can’t be any worse than who is currently running for the nom

Doctor Zhivago on March 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

“Running for President would be a real pain in the neck.”

-Peyton Manning

portlandon on March 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

But will he set his hair on fire for the base?

PappyD61 on March 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I’m down with Manning. In debates with Obama, he could call an audible.

MaxMBJ on March 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Great. Let’s run the dude who has taken a half million blows to the head as a candidate. What could go wrong?

HotAirian on March 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Anyways, judging by the way he ran the Colts offense, he clearly believes in a command economy. One that revolves around a strong head of state. The whole thing collapses when that person is removed.

lorien1973 on March 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Great. Let’s run the dude who has taken a half million blows to the head as a candidate. What could go wrong?

HotAirian on March 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Well, judging from some accounts, Obama has done a million lines of blow. So it’s really a toss up on this point.

lorien1973 on March 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Do we really want another president associated with Hallyburton?

Mark1971 on March 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Sorry, though I like the guy, I really don’t get it.

CW on March 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

The more successful Manning would be Eli.

Eli Manning, has 2 superbowl rings.

portlandon on March 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Peyton > Mitt

Stoic Patriot on March 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

As long as the talk is anything about how sucky the obamunist is.

FlaMurph on March 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

That being said, Peyton’s had a history of contributing to Republicans (George Bush, Fred Thompson, Richard Lugar, and Bob Corker), so it’s probably a more logical fit than many other A-list athletes would be. …

Lugar? Pffftt. Clearly a RINO /

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I like and respect Peyton, and I’d like him for my Q.B., but you can’t be prez with ” giraffe neck ” !

SMACKRUNNER on March 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Ardent Peyton Manning fan starts presidential buzz with “Peyton for President” website
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canopfor on March 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Who?

MadisonConservative on March 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

wonder if Peyton’s new slavemaster will be one of Romney’s friends?

Doctor Zhivago on March 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

No thanks.

stingray9813 on March 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

If he’ll primary Obama, then sure why not.

conservative pilgrim on March 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Manning wouldn’t have a Moochelle

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

George Bush, Fred Thompson, Richard Lugar, and Bob Corker

So not exactly a Tea Party Republican.

PerceptorII on March 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I’m for ABR, so Manning is qualified for me. Is he a Republican? Ah, who cares, I know he’s not a Marxist.

Knott Buyinit on March 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Anyone who wore orange in college: HELL NO.

SouthernGent on March 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Sorry, though I like the guy, I really don’t get it.

CW on March 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I agree. Manning sat out last year and is recovering from a serious injury. Whatever team picks him up with be responsible for a $25+ million bonus in addition to his salary. Some star QBs have been successful moving to another team late in their career (e.g. Kurt Warner – Cardinals). Others (e.g. Montana with the Chiefs) were not.

bw222 on March 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

OK enough. Peyton Manning for President? God, this country is full of nimrods. Looks like Obeyme IS gonna win..

MNDavenotPC on March 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Campaign slogan: At this point, why not?

tom on March 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

FYI, Archie, Cooper, Peyton and Eli are all longtime conservatives.

Kermit on March 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I agree. Manning sat out last year and is recovering from a serious injury. Whatever team picks him up with be responsible for a $25+ million bonus in addition to his salary. Some star QBs have been successful moving to another team late in their career (e.g. Kurt Warner – Cardinals). Others (e.g. Montana with the Chiefs) were not.

bw222 on March 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Actually, that $28 million bonus only applied to the Colts if they had kept him on their roster. His new team won’t be responsible for it.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Considering the seriousness of the situation and the subject, some of these comments are scary. Yes,I do have a sense of humor, but not about what’s happening to my country. It’s not funny, people.

rjh on March 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

He would probably be the least corrupt candidate in the field.

rickyricardo on March 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

FYI, Archie, Cooper, Peyton and Eli are all longtime conservatives.

Kermit on March 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Big time. And if you want your ass kicked anywhere in Louisiana, say something bad about Archie or his boys.

hawkdriver on March 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I’ll vote for him, but only if he plays for the 49ers first.

Decoski on March 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I do think Peyton will run for office sometime in his life. Elway was suppose to, but didn’t. I can also see Tebow running as well.

IR-MN on March 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Peyton would be awesome; this should help you visualize it. http://twitpic.com/6hyxb8

Brad G on March 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Bottom of barrel: scraped

Dante on March 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Well that’s one way to save Tebow’s job.

Rumor has it Denver would gladly toss Tebow to the side for Peyton.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Does anyone else wonder if Tina picks her own topics or if they’re assigned to her?

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Then we could have an actual teabagger in the White House! Yee haw!

SnarkVader on March 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Rush put this out there last week. It was a bit tongue in cheek but then again…maybe not.

How about Archie for Pres and Peyton as Sec Offense.

FLconservative on March 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

If he’s the nominee, I will certainly support him! I love the Manning family.

In the meantime, next week I’m going to further invest in his grandparents’ financial success by purchasing something from their store.

Maybe some of their excellent hoop cheese…but they do have pickled pig’s feet, too. ;o) I already have a Peyton jersey, and have been trying to get an Eli, but they never have my size.

kakypat on March 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

…Peyton as Sec Offense.

FLconservative on March 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

He’s certainly got the experience.

kakypat on March 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

And if you want your ass kicked anywhere in Louisiana, say something bad about Archie or his boys.

hawkdriver on March 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Same goes for Mississippi!

kakypat on March 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Longtime Peyton fan who taught my girls about football because of the way Peyton plays it.

I like the way Hallyburton thinks. It would solve me two problems this fall.

If our current President ever studied his briefings with the same skill, dedication and fortitude that Peyton uses to watch film, we would not have a lot of the issues we have right now.

Peyton also is humble and is personally quite a humanitarian, and he gives lots of sincere credit to teammates who have worked hard and contributed well.

And we wouldn’t have to worry about the zing on the President’s fastball when he throws out the first pitch at Nationals or “Cominsky” Park. Nor would Peyton be caught dead in Mom jeans.

rwenger43 on March 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Wait for Eli, he’s the one who won it all twice.

And in the Presidency, that’s the one that matters.

amazingmets on March 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM