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Monday, December 06, 2004

A few thoughts on 2008

I've been thinking a lot about the future lately. With all the shit going on right now, its pretty hard not to, actually. In 2008, it will have been 12 years since a Democrat won the White House. If we lose 2008, we are in trouble, since it won't be an open seat for another eight years. I've thought about the candidates; who I could see myself supporting, and I've come to the early conclusion of two candidates who would make me proud. Of course, people like Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson and John Kerry and John Edwards are heroes of mine, but I don't really see them as our nominee in 2008.

The candidates who I have decided on (albeit rather prematurely) are Mark Warner and Wes Clark. Both of these men are strong leaders: Warner with experience in the private sector and as Governor of Virginia, and of course Clark as a four-star general and war hero. Clark is also deceptively liberal, and is much more progressive on social issues than most people would think. Warner brings back shades of Howard Dean in that he is a fiscal conservative who had to make tough decisions as governor. Warner's tough decisions have involved taxes, but it would be hard for that to really be used against him in a campaign, at least not to the extent they used Kerry's so called "tax and spend" liberalness against him.

Some forward thinking souls already have a Draft Mark Warner site up ... haven't heard about anything specific about Clark, but I'm sure there is a Yahoo group at least. By the way, posting will become more regular from now on. I have been in a post-election blues as of late, to say the least.

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