Which Democrats Do You Want To See Running In 2008?
OK, it’s been a tough week, with the bankruptcy bill sell-out by Harry Reid and 17 other Democrats. So instead of posting another piece tonight that will make anyone think, let’s have fun and look ahead to 2008. Yes, the country will still be here then, but who knows how it will look and whether or not our media will break itself away from taking dictation and video news releases from the White House to actually cover an election in 2008.
We can go back and rehash 2004 all we want, and why Ohio was ripped off without much of a fight from the Kerry campaign. When you come right down to it, Rove got many new voters to come from the pews to the polls, but the Democrats got a lot more voters out last year too. It really came down to whether or not voters wanted to make a change at this time, and whether or not they actually liked John Kerry. I think that many independents didn’t want to make a change, and many voters simply didn’t get a good feeling about Kerry. That’s my two cents.
We know that Kerry is already assembling a staff for 2008, as is Hillary, as is John Edwards. There will be others who jump in, such as Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and perhaps Al Gore. There are other candidates who aren’t on the radar screen yet, like Governor Mark Warner of Virginia. In the Senate, Joe Biden and Evan Bayh both fancy themselves presidential material for 2008, notwithstanding the sell-out both of them perpetrated on consumers on the bankruptcy bill. And Blanche Lincoln of Nebraska is not dampening talk about her in 2008, even though she also sold out consumers on the bankruptcy bill. With any of these senators, they will still face the difficulty of running while a senator, and having the record to defend and the schedule conflicts, so I wonder whether any Democratic senator can really run effectively in 2008, no matter how shrewdly Hillary thinks she is positioning herself.
The Democrats will have to revisit their mistakes from 2004, like reconsidering why they ran only a Blue State campaign, took states off the map, and made no effort to really compete nationwide. They will also have to decide if they want to run a populist, reform-minded campaign aimed at the base and those who haven't voted in a while, or if they want to consciously aim for the moderates whom Bush and Rove have left behind.
But take a moment and weigh in with your own thoughts about who would make a good candidate in 2008 and what you would want in a Democratic nominee that year. And pipe up about the overall political strategy you would like to see from the party that year.