We haven’t even made it past the mid-terms yet, but it seems like if it’s the weekend it must be time for the ’08 buzz… In the news today is a list of ’08 potentials who will be visiting Iowa this month and little ditty from good ole rightwing pundit Robert Novak about Rudy Giuliani…
First, “Eight potential candidates for president in 2008 will make stops in Iowa this month.”
Most are raising money and name recognition and hiring staff in preparation for their possible participation in the Iowa Caucuses. Here’s the latest of list of politicians who will be making stops in Iowa:
Evan Bayh, democrat, U.S. Senator from Indiana
John Edwards, democrat, Senator from North Carolina
Mike Huckabee, republican, Governor of Arkansas
John Kerry, democrat, Senator from Massachusetts
John McCain, republican, Senator from Arizona
Mitt Romney, republican, Governor of Massachusetts
Tom Vilsack, democrat, Governor of Iowa
Mark Warner, democrat, former Governor from Virginia
Hmmm… I see one Republican hopeful isn’t paying a visit to Iowa this month. Robert Novak noted today that “Well-connected public figures report that they have been told recently by Rudolph Giuliani that, as of now, he intends to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.”
The former mayor of New York was on top of last month’s national Gallup poll measuring presidential preferences by registered Republicans, with 29 percent. Sen. John McCain’s 24 percent was second, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich third at 8 percent. National polls all year have shown Giuliani running either first or second to McCain, with the rest of the presidential possibilities far behind.
How ironic is it, that each of three leading Republican hopefuls are admitted adulterers? Steve Benen recently asked in the Washington Monthly — “What if three admitted adulterers run for president and no one cares?” There’s a little food for thought right there for party of the Hypocrites. We’ve got got your values hypocrites, served up on silver platter. Maybe mainstream America doesn’t care about such hypocrisy anymore — it’s better to use cooked up scandals and baseless smears, than talk about the truth. Taylor Marsh has more on Rudy the adulterer here.
We’re a long way off from the ’08 races really heating up… but hey, why not muse about it on a hot summer day.
I’ve got my pony picked out in this race. As a reader told me by email the other day, “Considering his background, John Kerry is probably the most interesting candidate and has the best resume.” I couldn’t agree more.