Long List Of Staffers Hired By 2008 Candidates

Matt Corley has compiled a long list for TPM of staffers and key advisers retained by 2008 presidential candidates in both parties. It gives a good glimpse at which candidates are serious about running in 2008 and which ones are not likely to enter the race.

http://bluesunbelt.com/showDiary.do?diar yId=79

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It's never too early to start campaigning

In the 2006 election season, Democrats picked up 30 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate. Because senators have 6-year election cycles, there's not an immediate need to worry about their re-election prospects. However, because the House holds elections every 2 years, we'll be forced to defend our substantial gains soon. To that end, Adam Nagourney of the New York Times actually wrote a decent article that chronicles the initiatives the House leadership is taking to help out representatives who will have undoubtedly have a tough election in 2008. According to a graphic in the Times article, the following representatives are involved in the program:

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VA-SEN: John Warner Running? Maybe Not

Despite all the talk recently that John Warner is planning to run for re-election, an article written by Robert Novak hints that it might not be the case after all.

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Clinton Has 7 Point Lead Over McCain In New Newsweek Poll

A new Newsweek poll shows Sem. Hillary Clinton has opened a 7 point lead over Sen. John McCain in a head-to-head matchup for the 2008 presidential election. The poll also shows Sen. Barack Obama is now in a statistical tie in head-to-head matchups with McCain and Giuliani.

Hillary Clinton 50%
John McCain 43%

http://bluesunbelt.com/showDiary.do?diar yId=67

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Barack Obama is the next generation

(cross-posted at Daily Kos)

In October of 2004, a couple weeks before the election, I had the privilege of attending a rally for the Democratic challenger to Senator Arlen Specter, Joe Hoeffel, at which Barack Obama was present. Ostensibly a rally for the Kerry/Edwards ticket and Hoeffel, the then-candidate for the U.S. Senate in Illinois overshadowed the home state candidate with his inspirational life story and his recounting of the beginning of a campaign in Illinois that had been a long shot before he won the primary. After his speech finished, Obama lingered to sign autographs and to take pictures with students like myself who had skipped class to attend the rally.

A lot of the debate in the blogosphere has centered around various aspects of Obama as he ponders whether to run for president in 2008. But there seems to be one observation that a lot of people are missing in the blogosphere: his appeal to those in my generation.

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