Monday, December 18, 2006

Campaign 2008: Bayh Won't Run ... Warner Reconsidering?

Just two weeks after he indicated he would make a bid for the presidency, Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana announced Saturday that he had d decided not to run.

Iin a statement issued Saturday, Bayh said it would be hard to compete with Sen. Hillary Clinton's huge fundraising machinery and Barack Obama's star power if both senators decided to run.

Bayh's decision has some pundits wondering if former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner will reconsider his decision not to run. Warner opted against a run back in October.

For what it's worth, some people are still hoping to draft Warner.

5 Comments:

Anonymous IndianaGreen said...

Kinda early for candidates to start to flip flop, isn't it?
But Warner is not Hillary, so if he wants to change his mind and run, go ahead.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous nickshepDEM said...

I wish.
He wont run though. I wouldnt be suprised if he landed on the ticket as VP.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's one reason to reconisder

even a small play in the 08 race might give him a higher profile as a veep candidate.

because his excuse, that this would take time away from him being with his family, would be equally a problem if he were the VP candidate, right?

it's a tough call either way.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Parisle said...

By all means, let him reconsider

--- I don't even consider it to be a "flip-flop,' really. And I sure as hell don't trust the recent flurry of media attention directed at Senators Clinton and Obama. Somebody is being set up, it would appear. The GOP has planned an opposition to Hillary for years,.. rightwingers have fantasized about a chance to oppose her in 2008. So, is a right-wing media attempting to "decoy" her into the nomination,... only to re-focus on her "baggage" once the nomination is hers? Or to create the mirage of a struggle between Clinton and Obama (for fun & profit)? Those are my fears. The media wants everything at the level of fake wrestling.

---And Obama is still sort of untested and inexperienced, eh? Remember the nature of the fight we're in,........ up against wildly efficient global corporatists, and our own home-grown nazis. I suspect the 2008 election will be among the bloodiest in US history, metaphorically speaking. We can't spend the whole goddamned campaign talking about Vince Foster and Travelgate,.. and we can't nominate on the basis of Obama's ample charisma, either.

---Warner's return to the race would be a welcome one. After all, he's been the best governor in the country in the state which practically houses the federal government. Wesley Clark is still my own personal favorite,... Gore's credentials certainly surpass those of Clinton or Obama. Edwards is back. Feingold and Kucinich are perhaps our two most prodigious thinkers.

---A nomination-election process revolving around Hillary or Obama will be either a big-money power politics deal or a trivializing media circus,.. as well as a socio-political experiment in either case. Can the democrats get serious, get over themselves... and make a truly shrewd and effective choice?

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good point

I've long thought that the GOP wanted to run against Hillary, so they keep touting her as the presumptive nominee, the heavy favorite, etc. I'm sure the GOP would love to run against Obama, too.

Meanwhile, Edwards leads in early Iowa polling, for what that's worth. And an Edwards/Warner ticket would not be high on the GOP list of things to run against.

1:21 PM  

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