With Christmas two weeks away, and me still undecided about what some people need/want for Christmas, I suppose it’s silly to be thinking about political elections in 2007 and 2008. But it’s important to remember that there’s less time than one might think, because the November choices will be no-brainers. The May primaries are when I actually have to make a choice. Fortunately, the choices in both years just got much easier with announcements in the last few days.
If I was superstitious, I might be worried about being a jinx. A few weeks ago, I mentioned Russ Feingold as a possible presidential choice. Less than a week later, he announced that he would not run. But my choices for governor and president have both just announced their candidacies (or announced that they’re planning to announce, in the convoluted political game).
My gubernatorial choice should be no surprise to local readers: hunting buddy and former Lt. Gov Steve Beshear. There’s no point in describing the total chaos in the Kentucky political scene (even worse than usual). Local readers already know, and there’s not enough time to explain it to foreigners. Trust me, it’s bizarre. But Steve’s a good man, and has a reasonable shot at winning.
My presidential choice would be no surprise to anyone who has followed this blog and had an eye on the news today. Ohio Congressman, and former presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich announced today that he will run for president again in 2008, because the Democratic party isn’t pushing hard enough to end the war in Iraq.
Realistically, calling his candidacy a long shot would be overly generous. Some kind of snowball analogy would probably be more accurate. But he’s a good man, and he deserves the support of any voter with a conscience.
With Dennis in the race, there will be more pressure on the Democratic front-runners to act like Democrats. That bitch Hillary can’t keep acting like a Republican and take Democratic voters for granted. If she wants the nomination, she’s going to have to at least start acting like she still belongs in our party. And if Dennis can just keep the rest of the Democrats honest, that’s a worthy goal.