Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Potential '08 Dems

Which of the following candidates do you think would fare best in a general election dominated by two issues: Iraq and out of control government spending?

Evan Bayh
Joe Biden
Wesley Clark
Hillary Clinton
John Edwards
Russ Feingold
Bill Richardson
Mark Warner


At 4:18 PM, Blogger EllisBC said...

The reinvention of Hillary Clinton over the past 4 years makes her a formidable candidate in my opinion--serious political baggage notwithstanding: highnegative numbers, female candidate, Bill Clinton (!), etc...

Her continued tack to the political center has improved her credibility with the general electorate--just look at her numbers is NY state, particularly upstate with cultural conservatives. Her approval is well over 60 %. Her hawkish posture (armed services committee) and position on the war, while a challenge with the base, will give her traction with independents and a the toguher image needed for a viable female candidacy. Evan Bayh has some of these qualities as well and could make a nice number 2.

It doesn't hurt that she'll have historic fundraising ability.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger At War With Luck said...

If a general election were to be dominated by two issues--that is substantivly dominated--Russ Feingold would probably make the other names look silly. Of course, the name of any particular candidate immediatly becomes a third issue. In a vaccum the man Russ Feingold wins easily; add the name and suddenly we are dealing with a liberal jew democrat.

Personally, I would like to see the general election dominated by the topic government corruption/incompetence. The two issues you bring up, while clearly important, seem to me to be offspring of a swamp of corruption centered around the beltway. Any thoughts?

At 9:32 AM, Blogger jj2120 said...

* Wildcard -- Wesley Clark: Clark replaces Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold as the wildcard in the field, thanks to the fervor and energy for him among some in the party's liberal base, particularly Internet activists. While unscientific, the online presidential poll conducted by DailyKos (a must-read blog for the party's ideological left) regularly shows the retired Army general far out in front of every other possible Democratic nominee, including Clinton. While Clark stumbled out of the gate in 2004 (especially when it came to his opposition to the Iraq war), the ardor for him among some in the party has not lessened. On paper, Clark's resume is unmatched if defense and foreign policy issues are still dominating the national landscape in three years time.


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