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The Field
Wednesday, 2008 January 2 - 9:30 pm
Completing my series on presidential candidates, here's a brief look at the remainder of the Democratic and Republican field.

In earlier posts, I made some detailed observations about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards on the Democratic side, and Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney on the Republican side. For the rest of the field, I'll keep it brief.


Bill Richardson. Popular governor of New Mexico. Hispanic. Five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. A good guy? Certainly. A snowball's chance in hell of winning? Nope.

Dennis Kucinich. The Democratic core loves him. He's got an inexplicably hot wife. If he were half has good-looking as she is, he might have a chance. But just like in dating, looks make a difference in politics, and he just doesn't have the look of a President.

Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Mike Gravel. Why even bother, guys?


John McCain. Once the front-runner, his campaign turned out to be a paper tiger; he burned through hordes of cash before having to meekly scale his staff and budget waaaay down. He's relinquished his position as a "maverick" in the Republican party and is now toeing the party line, and that's made him, well, bland.

Fred Thompson
Yeah, that actor guy. Some thought he'd be the savior of the Republican party, a "true conservative". But he's run a lackluster campaign, and support hasn't materialized the way he wanted. He's once-divorced and now married to a hot young wife, and the strength of his religious beliefs is suspect; maybe that makes people suspicious that he's more Hollywood than Washington.

Ron Paul. He's picked up the loony fringe element that usually congregates behind Libertarian candidates. He's a Republican in name but a Libertarian in almost every way. He has no chance at the Republican nomination; it's conceivable that he could be the Republican version of Ralph Nader in 2000, if he chooses to enter as a third-party candidate.

Alan Keyes, Duncan Hunter. Blah.

So there you have it.

And my endorsement goes to... (drumroll...)

Barack Obama. I agree with most of his positions, and most of all, he strikes me as more thoughtful, intelligent, and honest than the other candidates in the field. I think he'd genuinely work to bridge the political divides in our country, and more importantly, the diplomatic divides that Bush has created with the rest of the world.

Iowa caucuses tomorrow. Stay tuned.
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Comment #1 from Brett (Guest)
2008 Jan 3 - 8:20 am : #
If a Republican were to win, which would you be most ok with?
Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)
2008 Jan 3 - 8:46 am : #
Tough question. I think I'd be inclined to go for McCain, for his past demonstrated willingness to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats. I'd like to chalk up his current campaign rhetoric as tools to win the nomination. Yeah, he's pro-war and all, but his positions on social issues are quite moderate.

On the flip side, I'd probably be least OK with Giuliani, who seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
Comment #3 from Noelle (ngiguere99)
2008 Jan 3 - 10:19 am : #
Huckabee is a disaster waiting to happen for sure! I'm all for McCain (not just because he looks like my uncle Dan) but I'd take Obama. I can smell a huckster a mile away (cough.. Edwards...) and Obama is an honest, caring and intelligent person. Just my two cents.
Comment #4 from Linda (Guest)
2008 Jan 3 - 11:30 am : #
Go Obama, we love him up here in Illinois! However, I will gladly support Clinton if she gets the nomination. I don't think Edwards will get the nomination, but I'd vote for him too just to get a Democrat into the White House.

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