There are only 1,193 days until election day, 2008. Time to panic? No, not yet. Aside from the fact that no one has officially declared, and only a few have made their intentions clear yet, and unless Barbara Boxer, George Mitchell, or Gary Hart decide to run, then I’m definitely supporting Senator Russ Feingold (WI) for President in 2008. (Yeah, I like Barack, but I don’t think he’s ready for ’08, and his anti-Dean comments have alientated me, a bit).
So, why Feingold, after I’ve been advocating for evan Bayh for nearly nine months? Russ Feingold has been standing up for the greater good–Feingold was the only Senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act.
Bayh (as well as Joe Biden) voted for the bankruptcy bill, while Feingold voted against. Plus, Bayh is a little too conservative for me. On an online quiz dealing with 100 Senate Incumbents, I most agreed with Barbara Boxer, followed by Mark Dayton (MN, retiring), and in third Russ Feingold. Bayh was much further down the list.
What about the electoral scenarios? If Feingold picks a moderate Democrat from a Red or Swing State, there won’t be an issue. Feingold will get tons of criticism from the religious right, for being divorced twice, and because he happens to be Jewish. Feingold could carry Iowa, and if he goes with someone like Bayh, he probably could carry Indiana.
And if those three names declare, I’m not saying I won’t support Feingold. I’d have to consider any others. But, on my list, Boxer is #1.
Hell, I’ll give anyone a fair shot–I just know I’m voting Democrat in 2008.