Since Bull Moose started the discussion on Republican Presidential candidates, I thought i’d continue it by leading the discussion on Democratic candidates.
I’m liking Evan Bayh and Hillary Clinton.
Evan Bayh because he’s a centrist who I don’t believe can be painted as a “wild-eyed liberal that’s out of touch with mainstream America” and he was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 in a state that went for Bush.
Hillary Clinton…well, she’s a Clinton and you can never ever count a Clinton out of an election. Plus, I believe she’s also a centrist. Her record in the Senate shows that she can reach out across the aisle and work with the other party.
John Kerry had his chance in ’04 and unless Democrats want to suffer the same fate that we did when we nominated Adlai Stevenson in succeeding presidential elections (’52 and ’56), then we’d better not nominate Kerry again. John Edwards…I don’t know. I like his “build one America for all of us” platform and he might be able to perform well in the South. Tom Vilsack…he’ll only win Iowa and that’s it. Barack Obama…he won’t run. Joe Biden…Good foreign policy credentials, but can he separate himself from that plagiarism incident that derailed his first presidential campaign.
Overall, I think there’ll be about nine or ten Democrats seeking the nomination which should make for interesting times on our side of the aisle.