Saturday, January 20, 2007

Keeping Count

With the 2006 elections less than three months behind us, the 2008 Presidential elections appear to be in full swing. I found this informative list in the New York Times that I felt was worth sharing to demonstrate just how strange the upcoming primary season is going to be. Here is the list, reproduced, for those who are too lazy to click.

Democratic Candidates
OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED
  • Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut
  • John Edwards, former senator from North Carolina
  • Tom Vilsack, former governor of Iowa
  • Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio

  • ESTABLISHING EXPLORATORY COMMITTEES
  • Senator Barack Obama of Illinois
  • Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware
  • Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York

  • WIDELY MENTIONED
  • Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts
  • Al Gore, former vice president; from Tennessee
  • Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico
  • Gen. Wesley Clark, retired NATO commander; from Arkansas


  • Republican Candidates
    OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED
  • Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas

  • ESTABLISHING EXPLORATORY COMMITTEES
  • Senator John McCain of Arizona
  • Rudolph W. Giuliani, former mayor of New York
  • Tommy G. Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin
  • James S. Gilmore III, former governor of Virginia
  • Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts
  • Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado

  • WIDELY MENTIONED
  • Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska
  • Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas
  • Representative Duncan Hunter of California
  • Gov. George E. Pataki of New York
  • Newt Gingrich, former House speaker from Georgia

  • Assuming everyone runs (which is doubtful, but you never know) that means 11 Democrats and 12 Republicans. Talk about a crowded field!

    3 comments:

    srcastic said...

    Sean, you forgot Former Senator Mike Gravel from Alaska, the first announced Democrat. Though perhaps the candidate with the least chance, I appreciate the maverick nature of his campaign. http://www.gravel2008.us/

    Sean Kellogg said...

    It's not I who forgot... it is the New York Times. His website has some interesting ideas, but I found this a bit disturbing:

    "Abolish the Federal Income Tax & IRS, replacing them with the "Fair Tax" (a national sales tax);"

    A national sales tax?! Seriously? In replace of the income tax? Talk about a massive tax cut for the wealthy. Woo! Since most income in the upper tax bracket is in the form of capital gains, which in turn just gets reinvested, this would be a boon. Not to mention the ease with which one could get around paying the tax.

    I thought this idea died with Alan Keyes and Pat Buchanan.

    srcastic said...

    I'm also concerned with his idea of having a national initiative mechanism. Given how poorly initiatives seem to work out west, what makes him think they will be any better nationally?

    With Kucinich, he is one of the only Democrats who supports same-sex marriage though.