Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mark Warner and I are both not running for the presidency in 2008

In case you missed it today, Mark Warner has publicly professed that he won't be pursuing the White House in 2008.

Of course, I won't be pursuing the White House either, but that doesn't make news. Warner's announcement is newsworthy because he has been traveling the country raising money and interest.

I can't say that I'm saddened. Warner was emerging as the anti-Hillary option, but I didn't think that 3 years in the helm of Virginia was enough experience to be the leader of the free world.

Now it will be weeks before the full impact of Warner's declaration is felt, but certainly this helps Evan Bayh and John Edwards. Chris Cillizza has a further breakdown.

Let me just point out that Warner's departure now leaves only one governor in the Democratic race, Bill Richardson.

Everyone else is a US Senator, which is a poor place to run for the presidency from. The last senator elected president was before I was born. America likes to elect governors. We are more comfortable with executives than legislators.

Also, the remaining list of candidates all have the albatross of the Iraq War vote around their neck. Will they repudiate their vote like John Edwards or stay strong and unrepentant like Hillary Clinton? Either way, that isn't a discussion any politician will want to have.

Bill Richardson in '08

A conveniently timed article says Governor Richardson will declare his intention sometime in early January 2007. If he does declare you might want to check out the The Case For Bill Richardson.

Some additional blogosphere chatter can be heard at Daily Kos and again, and MyDD.

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