Peeking at the field


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Some More Democrats ...


Bill Richardson

Janet Napolitano

Mark Warner

Tim Bredesen

Wesley Clarke

Personally, I tend to avoid senators for president b/c of what I call the "Henry Clay factor." Basically, Henry Clay was one of the greatest senators who ever lived and one of the three leading legislators of the nineteenth century. However, despite his running several times, he never made president.

My gut feeling is that the Senate requires vastly different skills and abilities than the office of president (or campaigning for president), and that no matter how good the senator is, it is very rare that he can overcome his senator-ness (for lack of a better word) and mount a successful presidential campaign.


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Posted by pennywit on 9 June 2005 - 6:17am

Four senators or former senators became President: Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon. Three were Vice-Presidents and two came into office following the death of the President - and re-elected in their own right. Ford came out of the House, was never elected. Bush senior had been in the House for one term.

Harding served as first governor and later senator. Coolidge was a governor. Herbert Hoover Secretary of Commerce for Coolidge.

Only at the beginning of the last century was an amendment made to the Constitution providing for direct election of senators. Since they represented the interests of the states, they had been elected - more or less - by the state legislatures prior to that time.

I suppose this supports exactly what you say in skills and the ability to win elected office.

The interesting exception is General Eisenhower who was immensely popular, but never stood for public office prior to his run for President.

To Media girl's list, Condi Rice and Powell have more in common than their race. They have background which has (at least in the last century) not been obstacles from serving as President - a cabinet office and a military officer.

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Posted by Matsu on 9 June 2005 - 7:16am
Hilary vs. Condi in 2008!

Okay, I've been watching the sci-fi channel too much.

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Posted by Matsu on 9 June 2005 - 7:25am
You'd think...

that prospect would be a good thing, but Condi is so incompetent that I'd shudder to see it happen.

Myfirst choice would be Boxer and Moyers, Edwards and Kerry need to stfu - they promised they'd fight another stolen election and then didn't. That's all I need to know about them.

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Posted by Morgaine Swann on 10 June 2005 - 10:43pm