Posted by FleshPresser at 11:30 PM /
Meghan posted at 1:39 AM
As far as Feingold making it onto the ticket... it's all about how the Democratic spin machine pulls him in and spits him out for consumption of the ignorant.
We shall see.
Also, fab pics of Hillary. *snicker*
FleshPresser posted at 1:49 AM
I agree - and this isn't to say that it's not possible for Clinton to be the nominee (Kerry is the lesson here)... she's been through a million campaigns, knows the job, and has more money than anyone else right now.
I think the way everyone is railing against the "status quo", though, allows this to be the perfect opportunity for someone from "outside" to come in and dazzle people.
If you've seen Russ' campaign style, he could be JUST the person!
YurmaBoyBlue posted at 8:31 AM
As Russ slowly becomes the standard when it comes to outsiders penetrating Washington his netroots begin to grow. I think he is the most electable - unelectable democrat we have. Once the rest of the country finds out what WI already knows his popularity should flourish. He won his seat in 04 easily with over 300,000 prop bush supporters voting for him. That doesn't sound like someone that can't connect with the people.
Blue Gal posted at 11:14 AM
Russ doesn't have a chance (too liberal and his divorce is too recent). Too bad the blogosphere doesn't elect presidents, though.
Hillary has one small problem. People hate her.
FleshPresser posted at 11:29 AM
Blue - it appears we agree in our analysis of Hillary. :)
I'm not so sure about your take on Russ, though. Although it's hard to say for sure, because he hasn't been included in many nationwide MSM polls as of yet, I honestly believe that Americans are craving the well-reasoned thought and honest talk that Feingold provides.
The article you linked to is the same one I linked to - written by the reporter from Wisconsin. I was in Milwaukee when he was first elected to the Senate, and his Campaign abilities are a thing to behold. Don't count him out. :) LOVE having you stop by, Blue! :)
Charlie posted at 10:44 PM
Both sides have begun getting information on people that are likely to be candidates for 2008. It isn't just Hillary that people are looking into already.
Senator Feingold would be an interesting candidate indeed.
FleshPresser posted at 10:42 AM
You're right, Charlie. Certainly, people like McCain, Giuliani, and others have been knocked around. My point is that I think it's a bit early to be hitting a Democratic candidate like Clinton as being the presumptive candidate, and that folks like Mehlman and Rove (smart, intelligent, albeit evil men) are trying to influence who the candidate will be to their liking, by giving Clinton the "presumption" of being the candidate.
If this isn't their intention, then it would be better for them, in my opinion, to be drawing distinctions between Bush (not terribly well liked even within his own party at this point) and some of the potential candidates for the Republicans in 2008.
Good luck with your Hagel campaign! :)
SquirrelFan posted at 10:03 PM
I agree with your skepticism of Senator Clinton. Your theory about Rove is interesting.
I just don't understand why so many seem to support Hillary. I've tried to think it through ...
As a constituent of Feingold, I respect the man, and think he might be a good President. I don't think he has much chance, though, given his lonely stands on the "Patriot Act", perhaps the divorce, and it might be too easy to peg him as too liberal.
Also, I've wondered: is there too much anti-Semitism AND too much fear of jihadist reaction TO a Jewish U.S. President for a Jewish candidate to win?
chico-towner posted at 9:53 PM
His Jewish faith, his divorce, his liberalism... none of these STAND a CHANCE of out-weighing his votes AGAINST the Patriot Act, against the War, his fight for Campaign Financing Reform, his fiscally conservative behavior (one of the senators who spends BELOW his budget and sends back the difference to the US Treasury), his solid support of civil liberties and our constitution, plus his great speeches.
With Democrats averaging 49% of the vote nationally, we'll have enough Libertarians, Independants, and "old school" Republicans voting for Russ to push him over the top. After 8 years of the Bush Crime Family... He'd be the best choice to restore some balance and integrity to our government.
We got 3 years to get the word out!
Oscar Wildebeest posted at 11:06 AM
Nice push for Feingold. I don't know much about him, but I've liked what I've read. The divorce and the liberalism will be easy pickings for Rove, however (just like divorce and cancer will probably sink McCain and Giuliani).
As for Hillary, I'd be delighted to see her as President. But I agree - nominating her would be fatal.