In my article yesterday, entitled “John Kerry for 2008?”, I discussed the possibility of Kerry running for President in 2008. It was my opinion that he couldn’t win, or at the very least, he’d have a very hard fight on his hands. I also discussed the possibility of three Republican candidates, plus Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean for the Democrats.
Now I’m going to take a look at several possible Democratic candidates. I tried to find four candidates that could win the Democratic nomination, though not necessarily the Presidency.
The first is General Wesley Clark. Clark ran an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 campaign. Clark was unsuccessful for several reasons. One, he started late. He was the last candidate to announce his intention to run for the nomination. This left him straggling on policy issues, although he later made up for this. Secondly, and probably more damaging, Clark seemed inexperienced with the media. He just couldn’t use the media effectively, and this, his supporters claimed, was the reason that he seemed indecisive about war issues. General Clark has had plenty of time to learn how to utilize the media since then. Still, I believe the impression of being indecisive about the war will haunt him. He will be fighting an uphill battle.
The second potential candidate is Barack Obama (junior Senator, Illinois). While he’s popular with Democrats, Obama is seen as too liberal by many Republicans, including moderate Republicans. And, as one commenter to my earlier article so clearly stated: "he’s only a Junior Senator." (Thanks uao, whoever you are.) He needs to prove himself. He has the potential to take the nomination at a later date, but I just don’t think he’s ready now.