Monday, January 22, 2007

Talking to Americans

There's a lot of talk about those chasing the Democratic nomination in 2008. After seeing fictional black, female, and latino Presidents on TV in recent years, there's a very good chance that the Dems may be going down one of those roads. Here's a quick look at the field to date:


The Frontrunner

Hillary Clinton: She's in! Under the US alternance policy, it's time for a Clinton to be President so this certainly works in Hillary's favour. She's been working hard to dull her reputation as a left wing New England liberal in recent years by going right on some social issues. With the best campaigner of this generation helping her out, she stands a very good chance to win the nomination.


The Challengers

Barack Obama: The potential for obamania is certainly there with this young and charismatic candidate. He's got youth, he's got a great personal story he's got charisma; what he doesn't have is a ton of political experience. Obama is young enough that he doesn't have to win to position himself for a future nomination but he certainly could ride a groundswell of support to a win.

John Edwards: I always felt Edwards would have been the most electable choice for the Democrats in 2004 and, out of the gate, I'm of mostly the same opinion for 2008.


Dark Horses

Bill Richardson: This half-Mexican governor of New Mexico has a long political resume behind his name, although he lacks the flair of the three front-runners.

Joe Biden: He's seen as more centrist than the field, especially on foreign policy. Lost the '88 nomination to the Michael Dukakis juggernaut.

Tom Vilsack: Let the Vilsackian revolution begin!


Unlikely to Run

Al Gore: If I were living in the states and if Gore ran, I'd probably be supporting him. Although he likely won't get an endorsement from his former boss, Gore's experience as VP will serve him well with voters. And, unlike the rest of the field, he's also got experience of actually winning a Presidential election. Unfortunately, the inconvenient truth of it all is that Gore is unlike to run.


Fringe Candidates

Dennis Kucinich: Can Frodo pull off a miracle? Not very likely.

Christopher Dodd: Dodd has hired a former John Kerry campaign manager to run his bid. I guess David Herle was busy.

Mike Gravel: This 75 year old candidate could be the choice if Democrats decide their best bet is to make John McCain seem too young and inexperienced for the presidency.


Oh God No!!!

John Kerry


UPDATE: APL has a very thorough and very good run-down of the Republican field.

6 Comments:

  • I once saw a clip of John Edwards holding a mirror and checkimg his hair before he went on TV. For several minutes he stared at himself and tried to get his hair "just right" by running his fingers through it. If anyone runs that clip on TV or puts it on Youtube, his career is over.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 6:59 PM  

  • As much as I want to give the people who voted Dubya in willingly the second time around the benefit of the doubt, I just can't see either a white woman or a black man being president yet. That's not to say that it won't happen in my lifetime, I just don't think yet.

    Which, may not be such a bad thing, if either of them wins the dem nomination and then loses the election that would mean four more years of the Reps. That results in the Reps being fully responsible for the Iraq war and the pullout/fallout that is inevitable. People tend to have a short memory sometimes and if the pullout of troops in Iraq is really messy and the Dems are in power they could end up holding the bag. This way, their hands are (mostly) clean.

    By Blogger Scooge, at 7:23 PM  

  • nuna d. above, for some really weird reason I mentally inserted the word nose into your post while reading it. It became really shocking thinking I was reading "I once saw a clip of John Edwards holding a mirror and checkimg his nose hair before he went on TV. For several minutes he stared at himself and tried to get his hair "just right" by running his fingers through it."

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 8:18 PM  

  • nuna; That's a great story - lol

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 8:26 PM  

  • I wonder if Wes Clark will take another stab at it. Frankly I thought HE was the most electable of the bunch in 04 butfor a few minor slips and a late entrance in the campaign.

    Obama should wait. Sitting this one out and finishing off his term in the Senate might have raised his prospects.

    By Blogger KC, at 11:18 PM  

  • I wonder if Wes Clark will take another stab at it. Frankly I thought HE was the most electable of the bunch in 04 butfor a few minor slips and a late entrance in the campaign.

    Obama should wait. Sitting this one out and finishing off his term in the Senate might have raised his prospects.

    By Blogger KC, at 11:21 PM  

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