December 02, 2004

Are You Open to Also-Rans in 2008?

It's early to be thinking about the 2008 presidential race, but I'm wondering - out of the people who ran for president this year and failed, who, if any, would you be open to supporting in 2008? I'm not asking if you'd be enthusiastic about any of them (though you can of course mention that in the comments), I'm just wondering who you'd be willing to give another look in a few years? As for myself, I'd think about supporting John Kerry or Wesley Clark (especially Clark) and maybe, just maybe, John Edwards (though I doubt it). What do you think?

Posted by armand at December 2, 2004 06:07 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Politics


Well Bush cant run anymore so I'm all out of candidates.

I dont think any of these dems has a chance honestly. Hillary will be the candidate, win the primary easy and get beat easily by any Republican that runs. America just wont elect a woman President, aside from the fact that she is too liberal.

Posted by: big country at December 2, 2004 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not at all sure that 1) Hillary will run (she knows how high her negatives are and all that would be dredged up if she did) and 2) that even if she did she'd win the primary (because even many leftists don't think she can win nationally). I thought that it was interesting that this week MyDD (one of the left-leaning blogs) ran a poll on who people would vote for in an Edwards vs. Hillary primary, and Edwards got 80% of the vote.

Posted by: Armand at December 3, 2004 09:42 AM | PERMALINK

I'd like to know more about Clark on the Dem side, and be interested in McCain on the Rep side. I suspect McCain is too moderate to garner the necessary support among insane, er, I mean red-state base supporters, but he's enough of a fiscal conservative/social-liberal that I could be interested. Lieberman drives me insane, Edwards just doesn't have enough experience, but you could persuade me to look at Bill Richardson.

There seems to be a dearth of moderate Republicans that I could even think about supporting. I don't think I could bring myself to vote for anybody who had anything to do with this administration (except, maybe, Powell), so that leaves out Ridge, Danforth, etc. But I'm so far out of the "mainstream" republican mold these days, that I'm irrelevant to my own party.

Posted by: baltar at December 3, 2004 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

Well, keep your eye on Chuck Hagel then Baltar. He might be more conservative than you'd like on social issues, but it's not something he gives brimestone speeches about. He's had the guts to criticize the administration on many of their failures. He's actually concerned about the deficit. He's got a very appealing resume (businessman, but he was deputy administrator of the VA and an army sgt). To me he has a lot of the appealing characteristics of a McCain without some of McCain's idiosyncratic faults. Of course he's more conservative than I'd like, but he's the kind of guy that seem serious about policy and doing what's right for the country, without seeming too partisan, divisive or beholden to special interests.

Posted by: Armand at December 3, 2004 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

hillary as the dem nom is republican wishful thinking. i'm with armand on this, especially the part about dems not nominating her even if she runs.

i think after watching two senators get pilloried for their votes for six months, i've got to like the idea of bill richardson as well. any other promising dem governors?

Posted by: joshua at December 3, 2004 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

Governors? If we amend the constitution Jennifer Granholm would be an obvious possibility. And Tom Vilsack clearly wants to run. Beyond those two or three though I'm not sure that anyone's viable.

The Democrats could always dig up an ex-governor. I liked a lot of things about former Gov. Kitzhaber of Oregon. But I don't think he'd be enthusiastic about a national race.

Posted by: Armand at December 3, 2004 01:06 PM | PERMALINK
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