There are over two years until the next presidential election. Here are a few things people were saying about the 2008 presidential election in January and February of 2006.
The Charlotte Observer, January 16, 2006: "Ex-Sen. John Edwards has slipped a notch in the latest poll of Democratic insiders ranking potential candidates' chances of winning the party's 2008 presidential nomination. The Tar Heel Democrat dropped from second to third in the semi-annual survey by Washington-based National Journal. The new runner-up: Ex-Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who is clearly the flavor of the month among Dem operatives."
Human Events, January 16, 2006: "She has done very well in the Gaza Strip, and has put the best face on America all over the world," said famed political consultant Dick Morris, who with his wife Eileen McGann wrote "Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race." "You can have a failed presidency and a successful secretary of state. Look at Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon." The premise of the Morris book is that New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is the inevitable nominee and that Rice is the only candidate who can both win the GOP nomination and beat Clinton.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 2, 2006: "According to Dick Morris, the Clintons' one-time confidant, the only person who can stop Hillary is Condoleezza Rice. If you look just at the demographic argument for Condi's candidacy, Morris' theory is flawless. Taking white men out of the equation -- the results among white men in '08 will be pretty similar to '04 -- the real issue is swing suburban women and minorities."
The Age, January 14, 2006: "Although it is still more than two years before the main parties in the United States decide on their candidates for the 2008 presidential election, it is widely assumed that the Democratic Party candidate will be the junior senator from New York, Hillary Clinton."
Associated Press, February 2, 2006: "Sen. Russ Feingold has raised a combined $1.9 million for his campaign and political action committee since the 2004 election, providing the Wisconsin Democrat with money to make political donations to others and travel as he contemplates a 2008 presidential run."
The New York Daily News, January 30, 2006: "U.S. READY FOR LADY PREZ, HIL SEZ"
Associated Press, January 31, 2006: "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is in strong shape for re-election in New York this year, but most voters in her adopted state think it is unlikely the former first lady could win the 2008 presidential race, a statewide poll reported Monday. ... Conversely, 53 percent said Republican Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, should run for president in 2008, while 41 percent said he should not do so. 'Certainly, Rudy Giuliani is in better shape from the home crowd,' Miringoff said."
Baltimore Jewish Times, January 27, 2006: "It's an axiom of politics that the next election campaign begins the moment the polls close in the last one. Congressional midterms may be the big story in 2006, but swarms of candidates are already raising money and testing the waters for 2008 presidential bids."
James Taranto, December 31, 2005: "Mitt Romney insists he has hardly thought about running for president: "That's a decision you make way down the road." With the 2008 election 1,039 days away, that's fair enough. But I'm guessing he'll run."
The Indianapolis Star, January 28, 2006: Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., raised $4.6 million last year -- nearly $13,000 a day -- money he can put toward a potential 2008 presidential bid.
Taegan Goddard, January 31, 2006: "Seems a lot of pols still believe that Al Gore will enter the race as the 'anti Hillary.' But don't dismiss another Democrat, former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner. How do we know?"
Newsweek, January 22, 2006: "After the '70s, the boomers as a whole tended to lose interest in "movement" politics. "We were too busy snorting coke and trying to get jobs at Morgan Stanley," Buckley jokes. But having reared their children, are they going to re-engage in politics for their sake? One boomer hoping to be that inspiration and create that synthesis is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton--although she has a long way to go to make herself welcome on fraternity row. The early field for the 2008 presidential race is filled with boomer candidates, from Democrats Mark Warner and Evan Bayh to Republicans Mitt Romney and George Allen."
The Greensboro News and Record, January 20, 2006: I recently spotted a bumper sticker on a car in Greensboro that said, "Stop Hillary Now!" Welcome to the 2008 presidential election. It's never too soon to print bumper stickers.
Associated Press, January 7, 2006: "Very soon, Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner will leave the Executive Mansion in Richmond for the last time, still struggling with a decision that will define his life. Though a Democrat in a Republican state, he departs with the highest job-approval ratings of any Virginia governor since pollsters have tracked such things. Network pundits and national publications are speculating about his prospects in the 2008 presidential race."
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 3, 2006: "As Gov. Mike Huckabee raises his national profile with an eye toward a 2008 presidential run, he's unlikely to attract an endorsement from Madonna, as Wesley Clark did in 2004. But look for him to court brighter star wattage than the only celebrity currently in his corner on Political Friendster, an online hybrid of the real Friendster site and the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. So far, Huckabee's political "friends" include Dick Morris, the Southern Baptist Convention and Arnold Schwarzenegger."
Kansas Star, January 3, 2006: "One online bookmaker has posted some very early odds on the 2008 presidential contenders. BetUS.comsays that the Republicans are 3-to-4 favorites to keep control of the White House, with former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani the front-runner for the GOP nomination at 1-2 odds. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the former first lady, is the front-runner and a 3-to-5 favorite for the Democratic nomination."
William Safire, January 2, 2006: "Thinking outside the ballot box — the dark-horse line for the 2008 presidential race will pit: (a) Virginia Democrat Mark Warner against Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney in the battle of centrist capitalists; (b) Dems’ iconoclastic Sen. Russ Feingold vs. the GOP’s nonpartisan Mayor Mike Bloomberg to compete for evangelical vote; (c) the Dems’ favorite Republican, Chuck Hagel, against the GOP’s favorite Democrat, Joe Lieberman; (d) domestic centrists and foreign-policy hardliners Hillary (“You’re a Grand Old Flag”) Clinton against Condi (“I am not a lawyer”) Rice. Conventionally, inside the box: (a) Bill Richardson vs. Rudy Giuliani; (b) Hillary vs. John McCain; (c) Warner vs. Romney; (d) Joe Biden vs. George Allen."