Sunday, December 17, 2006

Kucinich in, Bayh and Daschle out

It seems like the presidential field, at least on the Democratic side, will be pretty much set by the beginning of the year. In the last couple of weeks there were several developments.

2004 presidential candidate and former Cleveland mayor, Congressman Dennis Kucinich declared his intention to run for President again in 2008. What's different this time around? He's married now. That would be the cynical answer. What's also changed is the sentiment about the war in Iraq. Kucinich voted against the war, against the PATRIOT Act and has proposed a Department for Peace.

Meanwhile it was quite obvious that the campaigns of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former Governor and now Senator Evan Bayh were going nowhere. They both declared they would not run. Bayh did so only a couple of days after being in New Hamphshire on the same day as Senator Barack Obama. While Obama's events were standing room only and still sold out, Bayh drew not much more than 100 people interested in his campaign. There was hardly a newscast not mentioning this while reporting about Obama. This unfortunate timing turned Bayh's campaign into something like a joke.

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