Via Majikthise: Feingold has announced he won’t run for President in 2008. This leaves the Democrats with Obama, an empty suit who has yet to win a single election against an opposition that isn’t laughably fractured; Clinton, a vestige of the Democrats’ 2002 election strategy; and Edwards, an economic populist of the worst kind, and a conservative or flip-flopper on every non-economic issue. Al Gore could become the first non-conservative President since Johnson if he won, but he won’t win.
With that slate of Democratic candidates, the 44th President will be decided when the Republican primary is. Giuliani, McCain, and Romney are all more than capable of beating every remaining Democratic candidate. By coincidence, the Republican slate of heavyweight candidates has become moderate precisely when the conservative wedge issues have stopped working and the liberal ones will as soon as the Democrats use them. It’s not that Brownback is a lightweight because he’s on the wrong side of public opinion on most cultural issues; he’s a lightweight because he can’t rile people up about his issues, regardless of their levels of public support.
By the way, for some reason this post was saved as draft back when I wanted it published, which was 3 pm EST.