Friday, December 01, 2006

Campaign 2008: Let The Games Begin

(Editor's Note: Today, JABBS introduces "Campaign 2008: Let The Games Begin," a review of news items related to the 2008 presidential campaign. For a review of all JABBS special features, click here)

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?

21 Comments:

Anonymous Dave G. said...

As if the GOP will get anywhere by bringing up Obama's middle name. How childish can you get?

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long has this guy been a Senator and you all are calling for his Presidency? I would hope you would want to put someone in the White House who has been in public office a little longer. For Gods sake what has he done other than give a speech, and a very good one I might add, at the DNC. After all if he does take the White House, which is highly doubtful, the lib media will not be able to use there favorite childish slogan that he is the first black president. That title went to BJ Clinton. The only high note of this is this is the one guy that can knock Hillary of her lofty perch.

8:19 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Let's see anonymous above.
Obama has been a Illinois and U.S. senator combined for seven years. That means he has one more year experience in government than does your likely, present or former hero, George W. Bush, who was governor of Texas only six years before being appointed president by the U.S. Supreme Court.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

At what point does the article suggest that Obama should be our next president?

If anything, David knocks Obama by pointing out that no one really knows much about him.

10:15 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

I think Obama's adequacy as a presidential candidate is a fair topic for this discussion.
After all, he is being touted as a leading contender for a vice president or presidential slot.
I personally feel the Democrats need a stronger roster of contenders than Hillary, who may not even be running, if they want to have hope in 2008.
Obama, maybe.
But I think after the incompetence displayed by Bush -- who had no record or experience qualifying him to become a president in the first place -- commentators would be best served in factoring in EXPERIENCE AND DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCE when discussing the suitability of presidential candidates for 2008.
In this regard, perhaps, Obama may face comparisons to Bush, which would sink him like a lead weight.
Al Gore would be my pick. He would still have to overcome a difficult hurdle of a completely unfair character assassination manufactured out of thin air by the Republicans with assistance from the MSM, i.e. inventor of the Internet, far-left, wild-eyed liberal, etc.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Phredicles said...

Obama's already well-known nationwide; His book's a best-seller, and he does a great interview. He's the same person he was before we found out his middle same was Hussein.

We knew it would get ugly; remember who we're dealing with. Obama shouldn't back away from his ambitions on that account, and neither should his party.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Phredicles said...

Obama's already well-known nationwide; His book's a best-seller, and he does a great interview. He's the same person he was before we found out his middle same was Hussein.

We knew it would get ugly; remember who we're dealing with. Obama shouldn't back away from his ambitions on that account, and neither should his party.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree

He may have decent name recognition, but I would bet 80%-plus of the electorate doesn't know much of anything about him.

The fact that he has written two best sellers means that maybe 1 or 2 million people -- mostly people who already were enamored with him -- know a lot about him. He's a blank slate to the vast majority of Americans.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous noonwitch said...

King Hussein of Jordan was a good man and a US ally
I'm sure that is who he was named for. I knew who he was long before I had ever heard of Saddam, if for no other reason than because he married an american (Queen Noor).

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you being serious?
you can't be serious.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous beaconness said...

Barack Obama was named after his own father Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. - whom I doubt was named after either Saddam or King Hussein.

Now can we talk about something else?

2:53 PM  
Anonymous raysr said...

First thing I saw on TV this morning, Nora and "Evangelicals against Obama" Why don't you Evangelicals get back in the fucking closet where you belong?

2:54 PM  
Anonymous EstimatedProphet said...

Their real strategy is to attack anyone with a D behind their name, as unfairly and viciously as possible.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous rpannier said...

It seems that the mediocre B-list is getting an early start
Vilsak
Biden
Dodd
Daschle

2:54 PM  
Anonymous NOLADEM said...

Boy, the Chimp really has lowered the bar

EVERYONE thinks they can be president now.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous NoodleBoy said...

I'm sure this will get a great response from people, especially since announcing his run for president will likely be the first time anyone heard about him.

seriously, this is just more evidence that the Senate is made up of 10 working members and 90 presidential aspirants.

at least Kerry did the BCCI stuff; hell, I even learned about that in high school.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Larkspur said...

Just what we need, another old white male from the Northeast with no charisma

While I prefer Dodd over Lieberman, Dodd has no constituency outside of CT. He hasn't been challenged in an election in CT for years and will find the competitiveness of a wide open Prez primary daunting.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Leilani said...

It must be the water in D.C. that all those Senators are drinking.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Obama can win. He is willing to go face his detractors and that is a plus to me. Most of the others that are running are only interested in playing it safe.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Anonymous said...
I disagree

He may have decent name recognition, but I would bet 80%-plus of the electorate doesn't know much of anything about him.

The fact that he has written two best sellers means that maybe 1 or 2 million people -- mostly people who already were enamored with him -- know a lot about him. He's a blank slate to the vast majority of Americans.

In 2000 only Texas knew anything about GWB and that was basically what the the rest of the nation knew, which was that he was the son of an older President Bush. The repukes did everything they could to hide all of the gory or nagative details of GWB. What was generally known was he had been a failure in all business ventures but had made money because his dad had been a VP and a President. What was hidden well at the time was his extremely poor knowlege of the english language( not good at speaking it or writing it - why he never made many speeches or wrote any books unlike Barack Obama). GWB's poor performance in his entire educational experience was hidden, except that he was a good cheerleader in college and a good party partner! All of his drug use, DWI's, alcohol abuse, lack of national guard completion where he never received his "wings", his sexual exploits with a story of one girlfriend having an abortion and all of his illegal stock sales were hidden from the public! Guess what -- all of the bad information about GWB generated during his growing up years and his years as Governor of Texas is still being hidden today along with all of the terrilbe information about his father during his VP and Presidential years!. GWB 's whole life was a secret to the public but the repuke political machine wanted him as President and they convinced enough Americans to ignore all of the shortcomings of the man. Now America is paying for not learning more before voting!

But, you can bet the repukes will do all they can to demonize any non-repuke( like Barack Obama and others) so that the majority of Americans never learn who can best serve us as political leaders!

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh come on, whoop. He was the president's son. The party rallied behind him, and only McCain tried to run against him.

Apples and oranges, dude.

2:50 AM  

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