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How many candidates?

What are there now? Sixteen? Seventeen? Huckabee in, Kerry out I think brings us to 18.

Let's try: Republicans: Guiliani, Romney, McCain, Huckabee, Hunter, Brownback, Gingrich, Pataki, Thompson and Hagel.

Democrats: Biden, Clinton, Vilazon, Kucinich, Dodd, Obama, Edwards and Richards

On the Democratic sideline is still Al Gore - who probably could be a serious challenger to Hillary. And, while I've included Guiliani on the other aisle side, and I think he has a real chance to win, I now question whether he wants it. He certainly hasn't lept in full force, and one has the sense that the train is leaving the station.

Richards brings a good resume to the race, and from a distance, seems to have done a nice job as Govenor of New Mexico. However, announcing the formation of his committee on the same day as Hillary may prove to be a portent. I would say she currently has a 40:1 journalist entourage advantage. If they aren't following you around, they aren't writing about you, filming you or blogging about you.....

Kucinich is left of Breznev, makes Hillary look centrist and won't go far. Edwards - still interesting. Has been building real grass roots - may get some early primary leverage.

Gingrich is sensationally bright with a commanding view of the issues, but probably should be someone's Secretary of State or Chief of Staff. I doubt that he is electable. Brownback - I don't know - may become the sweetheart of the religious conservatives, but I just don't see him advancing. Kind of a Bill Bradley type.

Let the games begin...

Comments

Blake said…
IMO, seems to be Guiliani vs McCain and Clinton vs Obmama. How odd would be if Clinton made it...Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton all in a row.

Brownback, now that's just frightening, might as well call us Iran if he makes it...yikes!

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