Election Watch 2008

Focusing On The 2008 Presidential Campaign

Monday, April 11, 2005

Feingold Announces Divorce

Big news from potential Democratic Presidential candidate in 2008, Senator Russ Feingold, he is getting divorced:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat mentioned as a possible candidate for president in 2008, announced Monday that he is getting divorced. He and his wife of 14 years, Mary, issued a statement through Feingold's Senate office saying, ``We are separating amicably and intend to remain very good friends.''
The marriage was the second for both. They did not have children together. Feingold, 52, has two daughters from his first marriage. Mary Feingold has two sons from hers.

Put a fork in him he is done. The American electorate is not going to vote a twice divorced currently single candidate into the White House. I am not sayign this makes him a bad guy, but it puts a label on him, you don't want if your running for President. Scratch one early wannabe.

Survey Paints Portarait Of Dean Supporters

This is a revealing finding from the Pew Research poll previously mentioned. Read the whole story below, but essentially,, it says that Dean supporters want the party to move further to the left and embrace the so called "progressive" policies of Howard Dean and move away from centrist positions. If the Democratic party should indeed embrace this, it is doomed. The mainstram of America is in the center. Presidential Candidates embracing a left leaning liberal agenda are doomed to fail. There is a battle ongoing in the Democratic party between the center and the left. I hope for the sake of a strong two party system, the center wins.

As voters we need candidates on the Democratic side like Evan Bayh and Mark Warner . The Howards Dean's and John Kerry's represent old, out of touch thinking. Why doesn't the DNC see this? In any event, here is the article:

"Howard Dean's failed presidential campaign left behind a cadre of political activists who now constitute the most liberal faction of the Democratic Party and who believe the party should move to the left as it tries to rebound from Sen. John F. Kerry's loss to President Bush, according to a unique survey of Dean's followers. Dean attracted an activist corps that is whiter, wealthier, better educated and far more liberal and secular than Democrats generally or the population at large, according to the Pew Research Center. But the study found that Dean's followers were not, as some reports had suggested, dominated by young people and that he had strong appeal among voters ages 40 to 59.

The findings are based on Internet surveys with activists who had signed up on Dean's campaign site last year, which means the sample represents a fraction of the population. But the Dean followers provide an insight into what might be a much larger cadre of grass-roots activists who are a growing constituency within the party and one that Dean, as new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, wants to integrate more directly into party operations.

More than four in five (82 percent) of Dean activists in the study identified themselves as liberals, compared with 27 percent of all Democrats nationally. Asked what drew them to Dean, 66 percent cited the war in Iraq, and 99 percent of the Dean followers said Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq was wrong. On the issue of gay rights, 91 percent of Dean activists said they favor same-sex marriages, compared with 38 percent of Democrats nationally.

In a party that includes substantial numbers of blacks and Hispanics, the Dean Democrats are overwhelmingly white -- 92 percent, according to the survey -- and constitute what could be described as part of the American elite. More than half (54 percent) hold post-graduate degrees and a quarter have graduated from college. Almost one in three (29 percent) have household incomes of more than $100,000 annually.

One in three of the Dean activists said they never attend church, and 27 percent said they seldom do so. Those rates of religious participation are far lower than that of Democrats generally. More than half of all Democrats say they attend church at least once a month.
Dean's followers, according to the poll, want the party to challenge Bush more vigorously and embrace "progressive" policies, not the centrist positions that were critical to former president Bill Clinton's two victories. Just 18 percent of those who responded to the surveys said the party had effectively advocated liberal or progressive positions, and two-thirds said they want to see the party reflect those liberal positions in the future.

The Dean activists remain anti-Bush (96 percent strongly disapprove of his performance) and critical of Democratic leaders, with 86 percent saying those leaders have not done enough to challenge the president. Although three-quarters said they were depressed by the outcome of the election, half said the election results will make them more politically active.

Looking toward 2008, almost half of Dean's Internet followers say he definitely should run for president again. That is more than double the percentage for former senator John Edwards (N.C.) and Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). The two most recent Democratic nominees fared badly with the group: Two-thirds of those surveyed said Kerry and former vice president Al Gore should not run. "

Obama 08?

A Pew Research poll shows that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is a popular choice for president in 2008 among the Howard Dean crowd. Two-thirds of Dean's online activists from 2004 say they'd rather see Obama run for president than Al Gore or John Kerry. Their other favorites, besides Howard Dean himself, are Sen. John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Don't count on it. Although Obama is an intelligent individual and a rising star, 4 years in the U.S. Senate and 38 years of age will not be enough to get anyone elected to the Presidency. He will need more time, experience and seasoning if you will before he can effectively mount a Presidential run. I think he will need wait until 2016, at that time he would be a a term Senator, with 12 years under his belt, be in his mid forty's and had time to present himself to the American public. Everyoen is so quick to push the guy to greater heights. His time will come I am sure....

Bayh Polling Well

"Two out of three Hoosiers believe Hoosier Sen. Evan Bayh has the personal qualities needed to be a good president. And without knowing who the other candidates might be, about half said they are likely to vote for Bayh if he is the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2008, according to a new Indianapolis Star/WTHR (Channel 13) poll. Bayh has said it's too early to talk about whether he will run for president. But he has hired aides, made fundraising changes and taken other steps viewed as laying the groundwork for a possible bid.
Bayh also has gotten favorable attention from political pundits as a possible contender, largely because of his ability to do well in a Republican state like Indiana."

This really is a good starting point for Bayh. He polls well among his own constituents as well as s erving a a benchmark for how he is doing later on. He is a well spoken, intelligent individual, who is liked by folks on both sides. With the experience as both a very successful Governor and Senator on his resume he has qualifications few candidates can offer.