Sunday, November 12, 2006

Feingold is Out

Senator Russ Feingold has joined Governor Mark Warner on the sidelines of the 2008 Presidential contest.

Sen. Russ Feingold will not seek his party's presidential nomination in 2008, the Wisconsin Democrat told the Journal Sentinel on Saturday.

"I never got to that point where I'd rather be running around the country, running for president, than being a senator from Wisconsin," Feingold said in a phone interview from Madison.

Feingold, 53, conceded that he faced long odds of winning the nomination.

"It would have required the craziest combination of things in the history of American politics to make it work," he said.

But Feingold said waging an underdog campaign appealed to him. What didn't appeal to him, he said, was "the way in which this effort would dismantle both my professional life (in the Senate) and my personal life. I'm very happy right now."

With Feingold and Warner out, Bill Richardson remains the only candidate who can appeal to Democrats and independent voters. I don't see Hillary picking up too many of those swing votes, nor John Edwards (forget about all of the other candidates, they're done). And with his pro-business stances, Richardson is very likely to pick up some dissatisfied Republicans too. That's not to mention Richardson's extensive foreign policy experience, which outweighs that of all the other potential candidates. With Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea in the forefront, Americans will want someone who has the experience to effectively deal with foreign relations. Bill Richardson has continually proven that he has the gravitas and experience in those areas to lead America as a positive, contributing member of the global community, and not the bully that George W. Bush and his cronies have created.

There is no substitute for experience, and Bill Richardson is clearly the class of the 2008 field.


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