Lee asked if I could post for him this evening, well he didn't ask it was more like ....never mind, I won't do the same riff back on Lee.
I find that the 2008 Elections are coming a lot sooner then ever. It appears that many states are going to have earlier primaries and the right candidate can have the nomination sewn up by February.
It is a wide open field as their is no heir apparent to George Bush. An heir would be DOA anyway as this President has driven any popularity he had into the ground and has in my opinion damaged the republican party heavily. Whether this leads to an all democratic Congress and White House remains to be seen.
Also as I will most likely vote Libertarian again as neither party holds any candidate willing to reduce government. The elections are almost like watching Survivor. In fact that might be a great way to elect a president, where they all live on an island and are given tasks to do and then we call in for who we want off the island.
The democrats are trotting out the media dream candidates of Obama, Clinton and Edwards. I know there are more out there, but it appears that these are the only 3 who can raise enough money to have a shot at it.
The republicans have McCain and Giuliani and almost no one else with any name recognition, but the promise of Gingrich and Fred Thompson entering the race could make it fun. Still I feel sorry for any republican running this year as I think George W. has slammed that party to the ground and it will be hard to erase the stigma of being a republican. Fred Thompson would be interesting and I would certainly like to hear what he has to say, but he would have to run for me to even pay attention.
I personally see John Edwards as the dark horse candidate who could go all the way. Clinton and Obama could cancel each other out and Edwards could squeak in. He has a good rags to riches story, strong family story, with enough tragedy to keep the public sympathetic. Also he is a good looking white guy and we have yet to break that trend in the US.
Still almost every candidate talks about how the government can do this for us or that for us and I'm tired of them being in my life and would dearly love to see a candidate who promises us less government.