Clinton Has Strong Lead In New Washington Post/ABC Poll

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Sen. Hillary Clinton has a strong lead over other challengers for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton leads with 41% followed by Sen. Baruck Obama at 17% and former Sen. John Edwards with 11%.

On the GOP side Rudy Giuliani leads with 34% followed by Sen. John McCain with 27%. yId=96

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ACTION: Picking our next president systematically and with data

Cross posted at dKos. This is my first diary here, but I'm fairly prolific at dKos. I wrote this primarily for that audience, but I'd love to have the help of anyone here as well.

I have a major project I'd like to undertake here, but I'm not at all equipped to handle it myself. I'm not even the best person to take charge of it -- I can easily think of several dozen kossacks who would do a better job than I could. But I have this idea to make things easier for all of us and help with the 2008 election effort, and so I would like to ask for anyone who is willing and able to contribute to the effort. I can't even offer much incentive (other than the improved prospect of electing a Democratic president, which ought to be enough for anyone), but since I'm known around dKos for my recipes, there will be one in the tip jar for anyone who gets that far.

Like it or not, even though the next presidential election is still nearly 22 months away, the campaign is already upon us. The first Democratic debate of the campaign is just over three months away, and we have a number of declared and undeclared candidates.

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2008 Ground Rules

Absurdly enough, the 2008 elections have already begun. The media is breathlessly hyping (and denigrating) various potential presidents while candidates scramble for position and resources. And unfortunately the intra-party skirmishing has already begun. It's not even the end of January and liberal blogs are already energetically bashing candidates whom they may wind up supporting. I've heard it all already - Hillary is a sell-out, Obama is an empty suit, Edwards is insincere, blah blah blah.

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Do you really want Al Gore to run?

(cross-posted at Daily Kos)

2006 is coming to a close, and in 2007, political discourse is going to be dominated by discussion about the candidates for president. In the netroots, the only candidate that is seen as anything near a 'consensus' candidate this time around is former vice president Al Gore. Although he has reintroduced himself to the general public this year via his accessible documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, he's long been a favorite amongst us as a candidate for president in 2008. In the most recent dKos straw poll that includes Gore, he garners 57% of the vote, with all other candidates trailing far behind.

In recent statements to the press about the possibility of running, this is what Gore has to say about 2008:

"I am not planning to run for president again," Gore said last week, arguing that his focus is raising public awareness about global warming and its dire effects. Then, he added: "I haven't completely ruled it out."

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New ARG Poll Shows Clinton Leads In IA, NV, NH, And SC

(Crossposted to Bluesunbelt.Com, MyDD, and DailyKos)

New ARG polls released today show Sen. Hillary Clinton is now leading in all four of the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Former Sen. John Edwards is in second place in Iowa and South Carolina and Sen. Barack Obama is in second place in New Hampshire and Nevada. yId=84

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