Campaign 2008: Bayh Will Consider Presidential Run; Daschle Won't
Can someone explain to me why Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is considering a presidential run?
The only logical reason was the one offered by the South Bend Tribune: Bayh is a "Democrat with a record of political success in a Republican-leaning state."
But honestly, Bayh's name recognition on the national stage is only modestly better than Richard Burr or Tom Casper (go ahead, name the states and parties without checking.)
Yes, sometimes candidates come out of nowhere. In 1991, few people would have given Gov. Bill Clinton much of a chance. Gov. Jimmy Carter was a blip on the national political scene when he started his run for the White House in 1975.
Bayh will test the waters, the Tribune reports, creating an exploratory committee, and visiting Iowa and New Hampshire. But I'll go on the record now as saying the odds of a President Bayh come 2008 are perhaps as bad as a President Dodd, although he's testing the waters, too.
One piece of good news for the Democrats: Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) will not run for president in 2008.
Daschle couldn't handle the debating skills of Rep. John Thune in 2004. And his reason for not running this time was apparently fear of the steamroller that is Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.
If he didn't want to spar with Vilsack, how would he ever have defended himself against all the Karl Rove/Ken Mehlman wannabes?