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Ron Paul Is A Serious Candidate While, Sadly, Dennis Kucinich Is Not

It pains me to say it, but Republican Representative Ron Paul of Texas is a serious candidate for President who should, for the moment at least, be included in debates, while Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio is not serious.

A serious candidate for the Presidency is not by exclusive definition someone likely to win the nomination. It can be a “message” candidate who represents an important wing of the party. 

Democrat Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988 is an excellent example of such a candidate.

By this standard, both Congressman Paul and Congressman Kucinich might qualify.

The difference is that Ron Paul is raising money and he ran ahead of some of the so-called serious candidates in Iowa. None of this can be said of Dennis Kucinich.

Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988 won a few primaries and finished strongly in number of others. He earned inclusion as a serious candidate all the way to the convention.

Republican Pat Buchanan in 1992 and 1996 was another example of a credible message candidate.

As the primaries begin, Rep. Paul will have to prove he can routinely win at the least 10% of the vote to establish he can do more than raise money from a core of zealous supporters.

In 1988, Jesse Jackson won 29.1% of Democratic primary votes. In 1992, Pat Buchanan won 22.8% of Republican primary votes.

In 2004, Dennis Kucinich won 3.8% of primary votes. His campaign for 2008 seems no stronger than 2004.  

Texas based political blogger Jobsanger has a post today on the subject of Rep. Paul’s unfair exclusion from the Fox News debate last night.  

1/16/08—Update—Congressman Paul has run poorly in both New Hampshire and Michigan. He is not winning nearly the votes gained by either Pat Buchanan or Jesse Jackson. I’m not sure you can say Dr. Paul is for real anymore.

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Dramatic Picture Shows How Hillary Clinton’s Support Is Eroding Among Democrats

At one point, long-ago in political terms, it appeared Hillary Clinton’s support would take her all the way to the Democratic nomination.

In this illustration, the Democratic nomination is represented by the sea and Mrs. Clinton is represented by the cliffs.  

Mrs. Clinton’s support has been eroded by dramatic events and she is now far away from the nomination.

1/9/08—Please click here for an update on this post that reflects Hillary Clinton’s win in New Hampshire.  

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics, Sea Life | , , , | 8 Comments

If Egypt And Israel Could Find Peace, Obama Can Talk To Republicans

Barack Obama is a candidate of inclusion and he is willing to talk to some Republicans if he is elected President.

Good for him. Odds are that a Democrat elected President this year will have both a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate.

What he or she will not have is 60 votes in the Senate to get past filibusters.

It’s positive to talk to just about anybody. It does not hurt to talk.

I believe Senator Obama is an unwavering Democrat.

I believe he is as left-of-center as any recent Democratic nominee and in many respects more so.  

I believe inclusion is better than exclusion and that simply because you talk to somebody does not mean you agree with them or that you will give them what they want.

You don’t even have to like the people you’re talking with.

You can believe in parties and in ideology and still talk to the other side.   

Look at the photo above. If Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin could talk after terrible armed conflict, what is wrong with Senator Obama saying he will talk to Republicans?

What can it hurt?    

It was fundamentalists who killed President Sadat because he talked with Israel and made peace.

There are fundamentalists in all countries and they can be ideological as well as religious.

Or they can just be some, though not nearly all, bloggers, or Fox News, with a stake in keeping people angry all the time.

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, History, Politics | , , , , , , | 1 Comment