Dems Already Lining Up for 2008
Bush hasn't even been inaugurated yet and us Democrats are already trying to figure out who are next candidate should be. I, for one, do not have clean hands. I too have submitted to the temptation of presidential politics .. albeit almost four years before Election Day 2008. I have started doing volunteer onling organizing for the Draft Mark Warner movement. Mark Warner, of course, is the young Governor of Virginia who has an approval rating above 60%.
In the latest issue of Newsweek there is a fascinating interview with John Kerry about the election and his future. I think Kerry has handled himself pretty well post-November 2. Many people within the party remain loyal to the Junior Senator from the Bay State, and so his is a name that has to be brought up when the conversation turns to the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary.
I read recently (can't remember where) that -- and this is three years out, remember -- right now Kerry and Hillary are the presumptive front-runners. At this time last time around, it seemed like either Gore or Lieberman were the obvious choices. So much for conventional wisdom.
Besides Kerry, Clinton (that's Hillary, not the Big Dog), my personal favorite Warner, there are other candidates, many of whom are very impressive people.
Besides Warner, my top pick is probably Joe Biden. He is just a great guy who I really admire, and the Democrat who has the most credibility on national security and foreign policy issues.
You also have presumptive candidates like Bill Richardson, John Edwards (though it will be hard now that he doesn't ... well .. have a job), Tom Vilsack (he will make the Iowa Caucuses irrelevant ... and that's a good thing) and Wesley Clark (assuming the General decides for another shot, which is obviously no lock .. nothing is a lock three years out from the first primary); along with potential candidates like Russ Feingold (similar to Dean, but it will be harder to label him a "liberal" like they did to the Good Doctor), Tom Dashcle (believe it or not, he wants to run), Barack Obama ('12 or '16 seems more likely, but you never know), Ed Rendell (he has said he is running for re-election, but he could always make a late entry), Harold Ford, Jr. (he has already announced an '06 senate run, so this is beginning to seem unlikely), Kathleen Sebelius (made some noise as possible Kerry VP, could help in the Plains), Mike Easely (Governors from the South -- Democratic ones that is-- are hard to come by) and I'm sure I am forgetting someone .. perhaps the eventual candidate him or herself. But it is forty six months to Election Day and I already can't wait to take my country back. Onward to 2008!