Campaign 2008: Let The Games Begin
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Is it too early to begin thinking about the 2008 race for president? Truth is, there are a bevy of candidates and wannabes, from both sides of the political aisle.
So let's cut through the spin and highlight what's happening:
-- Iowa Democratic Chairman Rob Tully told Fox News Channel on Wednesday that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has not taken the early steps in the first caucus state that one would expect from a would-be presidential candidate.
The conservative spin is that maybe Clinton isn't running, but some Democratic state party leaders are quietly saying that Clinton may choose to skip Iowa, rather than face Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who would have a clear home field advantage, as well as the candidate du jour, Sen. Barack Obama, from neighboring Illinois.
-- Meanwhile, Obama "has discussed a potential campaign with leading Democratic activists in Iowa, which holds the influential caucus that kicks off the presidential primary campaign in early 2008," the Chicago Tribune reports.
Among those he has spoken with are the former Iowa campaign managers for 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry and 2000 Democratic nominee Al Gore.
The conservative spinmeisters must fear Obama, even though he is so new to national politics that most Democrats don't know his stance on most issues. GOP strategist Ed Rogers ridiculed Obama on MSNBC's Hardball Tuesday, making sure to note that Obama's middle name is "Hussein."
Ah yes, the race card. It worked so well in Tennessee, where the "Harold, Call Me" television advertisement from the Republican National Committee clearly had racial undertones.
Should Obama actually run for president or vice president, I have no doubt that the RNC will make sure every American knows, and fears, Obama's middle name.
-- Finally, will Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) run? The New York Observer thinks so. They quote Dodd: "I sort of have a unique position because I have experience, but I’m sort of a fresh face. I know that’s kind of silly. I’ve been in the Senate 25 years."
Earlier this year, Dodd told the Associated Press "it's an itch. Could grow, could disappear." He briefly considered a run in 2004.
A long-time liberal senator from New England? Ugh. Didn't Democrats learn anything from 2004?