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Obama Staff Move Prompts Renewed '08 Speculation

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has brought on two nationally known Democratic consultants as advisers in recent weeks, prompting renewed speculation that the freshman senator may be considering a 2008 White House run.

Sen. Barack Obama
Sen. Barack Obama (AP)

Anita Dunn, a partner with Squier Knapp Dunn, a media consulting company, and Minyon Moore, who is with the Dewey Square Group, are now serving as advisers to Obama.

Dunn is working with Obama's leadership political action committee -- Hopefund -- through the end of the year. Hopefund's political director recently left and Dunn, who is a close personal friend of top Obama aide Pete Rouse, was called in oversee the committee until a full-time head can be chosen. Moore is serving as an unpaid adviser to Obama, working to build an African American outreach program.

Obama's office insists the moves have nothing to do with positioning him for a presidential race in 2008 or beyond.

Asked to explain the addition of Dunn and Moore, Robert Gibbs, communications director for the Senator, said "the demands on his time politically combined with his profile nationally are greater than a senator ranked 98th in seniority and therefore necessitate a larger organization."

Both Dunn and Moore have experience in presidential campaigns. Dunn served as a senior adviser to Bill Bradley in 2000 and is playing a similar role for Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh as he weighs a run for president in 2008. Moore was involved in Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential race, served in the Clinton White House and led minority outreach for John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004.

Political insiders will continue to wonder about Obama's plans given the incredibly active travel and fundraising schedule he's maintaining. Obama has already visited 21 states to raise money for Senate candidates and raised better than $1.5 million into Hopefund in the first four months of the year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2006; 4:30 PM ET
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Comments

I am almost on the Obama bandwagon. I'm just holding out until I learn more about his economic thinking. He said he's been reading up on economic history lately and I'm interested to see how his proposals come out.

I'm convinced, though, that he's running for president in '08. We'll get a better picture after his big speech in Iowa this September, his new book in October, and the midterms in November. If he continues to campaign and raise more money for other Democrats and they do well, Obama will probably be unstoppable.

Hillary has the money and the name recognition, and while I think she could win the national election, I'd rather she didn't because, like Bush, she's a polarizing figure. I think she's a great Senator and hope she stays and continues to do important work there.

I think a ticket of Barack Obama and Bill Richardson would be very powerful. Richardson has terrific foreign policy experience, is pro-growth, and also a very good and entertaining speaker.

Could you imagine turnout among African-American and Hispanic voters with an Obama/Richardson ticket? We'd set records!

I highly recommend listening to Obama's "Call to Renewal" speech where he discusses the roll of religion in politics. I'm very secular but found his rhetoric inspiring. You can listen to it on his website:
http://obama.senate.gov/podcast/
scroll down to June 28, 2006.

Joseph of Hudson, Ohio

Posted by: Joseph K Nordstrom | August 22, 2006 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I am new to this so bear with me. I have not been able to find anything putting Edwards and Obama together for 2008. Am I missing something? Two young high energy intelligent candidates! And no corruption baggage. What a team.

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Posted by: insurance auto | June 20, 2006 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight--any time someone compliments a black person for being articulate, it's racist?

John Kerry, Mr. "I actually voted FOR the $87 billion, before I voted AGAINST it", articulate?? Please!

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | June 1, 2006 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Your left handed compliments about Obama being "articulate" are perceived in the same way references to Prince Georges County as "P.G'" are - as racist. Why do I always see this adjective applied to an African American? Aren't Kerry, or Gore, or Clinton?

Posted by: tukehouse | May 31, 2006 4:49 PM | Report abuse

it is certainly my hope that obama will run for pres in '08 either is the nominated dem or on a 3rd party ticket...we need a NEW voice leading our country at this time...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2006 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Karen/Tina, you should really try reality sometime. A "support group" is exactly what you and Condi Rice are going to need if you really think she somehow has equal power to George Bush or will run for president in 2008, much less stand more than a snowball's chance in hell of winning. If Condi Rice is the Republican Party's rising star right now--the best they can come up with--then I look forward to several consecutive terms of Democratic presidents.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | May 31, 2006 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Tina, you should really try reality sometime. A "support group" is exactly what you and Condi Rice are going to need if you really think she somehow has equal power to George Bush or will run for president in 2008, much less stand more than a snowball's chance in hell of winning. If Condi Rice is the Republican Party's rising star right now--the best they can come up with--then I look forward to several consecutive terms of Democratic presidents.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | May 31, 2006 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I am originally from Illinois, quincy area. I tried to pay attention to what was going on up there, and Obama blew me away during the DNC. He is very articulate, very charismatic, and I am hoping for him to run, however now some of you have mentioned running as a VP. yes I think that could work, I think the party would need to be very careful as to whom they pair with with. Gore/Obama does work for me, I could deal with that. Well I am not really all into politics as I would like to be, but I do know, that ever since I saw Obama at the DNC, I have been thinking how great it would be, to have him as P or VP, he would destroy the racial barrier. I think he would do very well. I am hoping he will run if it is time for him to. However as long as he remains clean, even down here in Satan's backyard, for those of you up there in Illinois, where I wish I was, Satan's backyard is texas. Obama will definitely have my vote. I think he would do alot of good in many ways.

Thank you

Keith Blackketter

Posted by: Keith | May 30, 2006 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama should NOT run in 2008. Though he is a briliant guy he is overestimated. He won a senate race against a rightwing looney clown from another state - there was no opposition what so ever. He made a fine keynote speech for Kerry, sure, but does that qualify him to be president? He clearly needs more expierience. He should run for Governor in 2010 and then president in 2016 if he holds such ambitions.

Posted by: Rasmussen | May 30, 2006 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Note on switching VPs: This is not common, perhaps because it seems to imply that the president's first choice was foolish; but FDR had three VPs, and Truman in 1944 was the result of party discontent with the leftish Henry Wallace. There was an anti-Nixon movement in 1956 that pushed Chris Herter for VP.

As an aging Republican who is new to blogs, I am impressed with the enthusiasm shown for some candidates (e.g. Rice, Obama, Feingold, Clark) and the lack of enthusiasm for others (specifically Hillary). Why aren't more people saying not only "She's got the money and can get the votes" but "This is what she's like, here's what she'd do as President, and that's why we're for her"?

Old joke, I think by Max Beerbohm about George Bernard Shaw: "He has no enemies . . . and none of his friends like him."

Posted by: Kakuzan | May 30, 2006 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Both Dunn and Moore have experience in presidential campaigns. Dunn served as a senior adviser to Bill Bradley in 2000 and is playing a similar role for Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh as he weighs a run for president in 2008."

Ya know Bayh and Obama seem to share alot of time together and now thy're sharing Dunn. Does anyone else see the connection here?

Posted by: Karen | May 29, 2006 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This must be open to discuss the 2008 topic not just Obama, right? If so, I find it very interesting how each day, there is discussion over the Republicans and the Democrats who will be running and which of them will win. That shows the open style we have in our nation, not a dynasty system. I think that fact alone will drag down Hillary just as Jeb Bush is not going to be running, our nation will not accept Bush 41, Clinton 42 , Bush 43, Clinton 44 because it looks more like a dynasty than true political choice.
The New York Times has exposed Bill Clinton as ton of dead weight around Hillary's neck if she runs for president. It would appear that Bill is trying to lock up support for Hillary to create a new legacy, and if the Democrats want to have true leadership, they need to find a real candidate who can represent their party instead of Bush bashers. Our nation needs some serious minded leaders who offer real solutions to real problems instead of smacking around our President in order to score points in the battle for 2008.
Regardless of who wins in 2008, this is time for getting down to business and presenting real plans for our future.
The strongest leader will win, and it will not be Hillary or Obama. Sorry, that is just the truth.

Posted by: Joan Snyder | May 29, 2006 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the VP for 2004, the movement to replace Cheney was for Condi, not anyone else. She is the rising star of the Republican party, with almost equal power as she stands by President Bush. From around the world, she has the top status of the Bush administration, attracting diplomats and world leaders to her office at the State Department.

Look at this earlier post:
"Now for better or worse, something else will keep Rice and Obama from Presidency. Rice can't have the oval office because of gender and Obama can't have the office because of religion. ....
Posted by: Buck | May 26, "

If President Bush replaces Cheney in 2007 with Condi as the new VP, all bets are off for who is the REAL frontrunner in 2008. Condi ZOOMs to the top of the list as the heir apparent. If all the other 12 Republican males fail to get to the 50% status in the polls by August 2007, I think Condi will be supported by President Bush to step in and keep the White House in the hands of the Republican party.

If Obama wants to run for president, fine for him. But Condi has a national support group building a political machine so to speak to win delegates for her in 2008. If she wins in the August 2007 straw poll in Ames, Iowa then it will set the stage to show the people have the power to decide who their leader will be and the media will be forced to do their job and report it.

Posted by: Tina | May 29, 2006 9:58 AM | Report abuse

LOL, I gotta give props to Lloyd Bentsen, even from the grave. I remember watching that debate live when I was 11 years old and went nuts when Bentsen delivered that line.

I believe Obama was born in August 1961. He'll be 45 this summer, 47 in 2008, 51 in 2012, and 55 in 2016. Were he to run and win in 2008, he'd only be the 4th youngest president, after Teddy Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and Bill Clinton.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | May 27, 2006 1:30 PM | Report abuse

yeah, both caped composer and jason must be from illinois--like myself--and are able to assess obama's potential in a different light. yeah, obama--can't we make him black irish, o'bama?--for governor of illinois in 2010. that set up a run for president in 2016 just after being re-elected governor. how old will he be then? maybe 30?

Posted by: madibaskid | May 27, 2006 4:32 AM | Report abuse

SANDWICH REPAIRMAN:

I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. And Barack Obama, you're no Jack Kennedy.

Sorry - I couldn't resist.

Posted by: Lloyd Bentsen | May 27, 2006 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama won't run in 08.

Posted by: Leo | May 26, 2006 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Bush isn't going to replace Cheney unless he's killed in a hunting accident.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | May 26, 2006 8:55 PM | Report abuse

We get bogged down in the experience thing. I love John Edwards, but we are kidding ourselves a million times over to think that John Edwards is in the same league as Barack Obama. Obama was famous BEFORE holding a national office, and is universally loved throughout the country - even among republicans. Go ahead, ask your republican friends - they love this guy!

Gore is old news. I'm sorry - but I watched him give a speech the other day on the environment, something that I know he is very passionate about, and it just seemed like the same old Al Gore - he's not CHARISMATIC enough! Yes, Obama would make a great running mate, but I think he'll run for President first - VP's overwhelmingly get nominated and almost never actually win the general election. My problem, though, is that he'll outshine whoever is at the head of the ticket. He's more charasmatic, more famous, more universally beloved than Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Mark Warner, god knows Evan Bayh. The guy HAS to run.

The only thing experience counts for is BAD press. Not only did he has little experience, he hardly ever VOTED in the Senate. A Presidential candidate (ever since Watergate - think about it, it's true) HAS to be percieved as an outsider in order to win the trust of the American people. Hillary's out. Obama's new, uncorrupted. Young. Charismatic. He's a African American Bobby Kennedy. He's perfect.

Posted by: Matt | May 26, 2006 5:18 PM | Report abuse

That's true, they do need senate confirmation if they are trying to drop the VP in the middle of a term. However, I believe they can switch running mates for their next campaign. That is, while GWB would have to get senate confirmation to swich Dick Cheney in 2003, he could have simply chosen a different running mate for the '04 election and had Cheney resign. There was a lot of speculation during 04 that he was planning to do just that, or that he would wait until 06 and then bring in Giuliani to groom him for the presidency. At this point, however, that seems unlikely.

Posted by: Jake | May 26, 2006 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Well that's what I meant - SUBJECT TO SENATE CONFIRMATION. What is the Senate is not controlled by the Presidnet's party? Then the Prez would not necessarily be able to change out his/her VP whenever they want.

Posted by: Ohio guy | May 26, 2006 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes, of course the president can switch running mates when they run for reelection. There was lots of speculation about Bush replacing Quayle on the ticket in 1992, and even some about Bush II replacing Cheney on the 2004 ticket. The Vice President can really be changed at any time, subject to Senate confirmation. See the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | May 26, 2006 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I just don't get how Obama - with his charming personality, obvious good intentions, etc. - gets past the questions about his lack of experience that dogged John Edwards. Edwards had the same message, was an equally adept campaigner, reached out and brought people together with a positive vibe, and even as VP, was constantly questioned with "what experience do you have to actually serve as President." I can't figure out how Obama gets past that.

Posted by: Arlington Mike | May 26, 2006 2:31 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE SENATORS!!!

Posted by: Brent Parrish | May 26, 2006 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Obama (and i am a fan) has really done so far is beat the living snot out of Alan Keyes..that alone was precious. even though '08 is still a couple years away is he really ready? i hope in '08 we can run a candidate with a record to stand on. i know he has "star" power in his name, but will it be enough??

Posted by: TheIrishCurse | May 26, 2006 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama would be foolish not to consider a run and he'd be foolish to give away too much information about his intentions.

So there you have it. This Obamawatch chatter belongs more appropriately in People magazine until we get past '06, when about 500 legislative contests and many governor's races will be decided.

Posted by: post reader | May 26, 2006 12:46 PM | Report abuse

There is widespread support in the Dem grassroots for a Gore/Obama ticket, and slightly less for a Gore/Clinton ticket, but no support for a Clinton/xxx ticket.

At least in the Western states.

Posted by: Will in Seattle | May 26, 2006 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Caped Composer, yes you are correct. Thanks for pointing that out. I did see that later in on older article by Faslani. [http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-spirit05.html]. However, It is safe to say, he is of Islamic heritage, which means little, his father was reared Muslim and had such leanings.

Thanks again. Please accept my apologies. I don't mind being corrected, and certainly don't want to spread falsehood. Especially since I'm not afraid to use my real name.

Posted by: Buck | May 26, 2006 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Buck, just so you know, Barack Obama is NOT a Muslim. He is a Christian, and belongs to Trinity United Church of Christ, on Chicago's South Side. Furthermore, he is not even a Muslim by heritage; his father was from Kenya, where 66% of the population is Christian. Just because he has an unusual-sounding surname does not make him a Muslim! Get your facts straight so as not to perpetuate falsehoods on the internet, please!

Posted by: The Caped Composer | May 26, 2006 9:53 AM | Report abuse

B.O.? Oh, No!

Let's not be silly. The race card will not keep him from winning the White House. America is more color blind than Jesse Jackson wants you to believe.

Now for better or worse, something else will keep Rice and Obama from Presidency. Rice can't have the oval office because of gender and Obama can't have the office because of religion. Let's face it, as long as Muslim terrorists threaten this wonderful country she won't ask a Muslim to lead her.

http://www.scheadlines.com

Posted by: Buck | May 26, 2006 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

Your own post undermines its premise: If Anita Dunn is still working for Bayh's presdiential ambitions, isn't it pretty clear that her work for Obama is as advertised and just to advance his current status as a politically significant junior senator?

Posted by: sillypost | May 26, 2006 7:04 AM | Report abuse

To elaborate-- part of Obama's strength is that he appears to be someone who is above politics and who is unselfish and not simply hungry for power. If he ran in 2008 after just four years as a senator, he would dash his image of a man above the petty power struggles-- it would look instead like he was overly ambitious and power-grabbing. Obama's is an image that he cannot afford to tarnish. A star is born in the Democratic Party, and he needs to keep his reputation intact until he is ready to run.

Posted by: Jake | May 26, 2006 5:18 AM | Report abuse

But see, Obama is wasted as VP-- he's too good for that. I agree with Caped-- one term as governor of Illinois in 2010, and then he's unstoppable.

Posted by: Jake | May 26, 2006 5:10 AM | Report abuse

I think it's telling that Hillary only fears two competitors-- Gore and Obama. I tend to agree with the poster who says that Obama has a good shot at the VP slot no matter who the Democrats run.

Increasingly, I see the logic that will draw Gore into the race it revolves around Hillary's character (see Krugman's article in today's NY Times "A Test of Our Character." Instead of Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," she's more like Frank Zappa's "Anyway the Wind Blows ("I'm through with fussin' and fightin' over you. I'm looking for a candidate whose goin' to be true.")

The answer for the Democrats ("Blowin' in the Wind" IMO comes in three parts: Gore-Obama, Gore-Edwards or Gore-Warner, depending on the circumstances.

Posted by: Jeff-for-progress | May 26, 2006 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a class act. I aw him do very illuminating during the campaign. He had just swept the Illinois democratic primary handily winning a seven candidate race and the Republicans had to evetually go out of state to find someone to run against him when the GOP primary winner had to withdraw when it came out he may have been an attempted swinger. He was speaking at an event and there was a small group of anti abortion portesters and he took some time to say while he differed on the subject he was courteous to them. there were tv cameras present but what impressed me is Obama's ability to talk to anyone.
This is a man who as editor of the Harvard Law Review could have gotten a job at a major lay firm and probably be a multi millionaire by now. He chose to go into civil rights law and take a long shot into the senate. We voted for the safe nominee in Kerry , everyone's second choice that had a good resume but such an inept campaigner he made Al Gore look like a porn star. Democrats should put a candidate that people will be vote for with passion.Democrats have to have someone who can make the case with passion and not shoot himself in the foot like Dean does.

Posted by: Franco | May 26, 2006 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama's not going to run this time. He'll get the VP nod for sure though. The Democrats will probably win in 2008, so he'll be the Vice President. Maybe then the Republicans can put Alan Keyes on as their vice presidential candidate.

Posted by: Q | May 26, 2006 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Yes. You can.

Bobby Kennedy was elected in 1964 to the Senate, was the frontrunner in 1968 - Democrats from the 60's still talk about him as their inspiration, and think of what the country would be like if he'd survived and been elected.

I've been saying it all along - Obama's running. He's got some good PAC action, heavy fundraising for some powerful Senators, heavy travel schedule, he's keeping a low profile on controversies, he's coming out with a book this fall (The Audacity of Hope), and now the staff moves - the guy's running. We'll see how far he gets, but if I were you, I'd stop assuming the Clinton nomination.

Fame like this doesn't last long. He's gotta capitalize, or he'll be Mario Cuomo all over again. If he doesn't do it now, there's a really good chance, with Bush's fiascos, that a Democrat will be elected in 2008, which means that he's gotta wait until 2016, and would you want to gamble that there would be no scandals in all that time?

He's running, and for the sake of the country, I hope to God he wins.

Posted by: Matt | May 26, 2006 12:20 AM | Report abuse

A young, intelligent, articulate black man for president who has already proven to have what it takes to galvanize a national convention? What is there to debate?? Our country, both Democrats and Republicans, desperately need a leader who will unite us, someone who we can believe in and stand behind, someone with the intelligence to understand the complexities of our world.

Some bloggers are saying that Obama's race will hurt him. I think it will be quite the opposite - people of all colors want a change at this point. But I also believe that Obama's race will quickly become irrelevant, and his intelligence and well articulated vision will be what sets him apart from his opponents.

Posted by: Cathy from South Dakota | May 26, 2006 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Ummm......can you do that? Just replace your veep with someone else b/c you want that person to run for Prez when your term is up?

Posted by: Ohio guy | May 25, 2006 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a possible veep for Mrs. Clinton, but I'm more inclined to think she'll put someone southern, white, and male on the ticket. Obama is more likely to replace said southern white male in Clinton's second term as veep to give him a running start on the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Posted by: Kenneth Edward Hempel | May 25, 2006 10:25 PM | Report abuse

So if being in the Senate for too long gives your opponents a long voting record to go after, why are dems so worried about John McCain? Wouldn't it be easy to define McCain negatively against a democratic ticket of some combination of Clark, Warner or Richardson(all three never in the Senate)?

Posted by: Ohio guy | May 25, 2006 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Barrack is just what we need in this country an intellingent leader...something we have not had since the Bush administration took over!

Posted by: barbara29 | May 25, 2006 8:59 PM | Report abuse

"Swing Voter" brings up a good point about most racists not voting Democrat - but not in the way he/she thinks. Look: Racists tend not to vote Democrat, and that's been precisely the Democrats' problem since the 1960s, hasn't it? Nobody wants to say it, but it's true. The Democrats have positioned themselves as the non-racist party in a country with a mostly white, profoundly racist electorate. Get a clue, guys: Obama wouldn't have a prayer. I'd love for America to prove me wrong, but I'm not optimistic.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2006 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama definitely needs to be Governor of Illinois before he can run for president. My hope is that he'll run in 2010 to succeed Blagojevich (if Blago decides not to run for a third term-- Illinois doesn't have term limits) or unseat Topinka. I agree that having a long senate record is bad for one's electability prospects. But having only one senate term, and an incomplete one at that, is too thin a resume for a presidential run. Obama for Governor in '10!

Posted by: The Caped Composer | May 25, 2006 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Not yet for Feingold??? He's a THIRD TERM senator! He was elected in 1992! He'll have more experience in 2008 than JFK did in 1960. What more do you want? Once upon a time, we nominated a candidate who had arguably a perfect record of experience: 8 years each in the House, Senate, and Vice-Presidency. He's promoting his movie now. Feingold is ready. So is Obama.

No state law can alter the length of a Senate term. It's defined in the Constitution as 6 years. Obama was elected to a full term in 2004; he's not up until 2010. (When he could also run for Gov. of IL when Blagojevich is term-limited or Topinka is up for reelection)

http://sandwichrepair.blogspot.com

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | May 25, 2006 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't think racists tend to vote Democrat -- I don't think they tend to be swing voters, either. ;)

Please, no more Al Gore. He'll still be as wooden as he was in 2000. It's time for someone new. Someone with personality -- like Obama.

Posted by: Swing Voter | May 25, 2006 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't think racists tend to vote Democrat -- I don't think they tend to be swing voters, either. ;)

Please, no more Al Gore. He'll still be as wooden as he was in 2000. It's time for someone new. Someone with personality -- like Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2006 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I am coming around to the same opinion as Mike. After all, if America can elect a know-nothing failed oilman and relatively powerless governor simply because they liked his personality more than the other guy (Gore was "wooden" but Bush looked like "a regular guy"), then personality must go a long way with voters. The fact that the American voter would accidentally stumble into someone with smarts and sobriety in the deal would just be icing on the cake for them.

And as for the Edwards comparison, since Obama was elected in 2004, he would not even be giving up his seat to run nationally in '08 (unless I am missing some bizarre Illinois state law?). So he could give the nomination a shot, and if he falls short still be one of the party's big hopes in 2012 and beyond. What's to lose?

Posted by: B2O | May 25, 2006 7:05 PM | Report abuse

No No No, stop saying more time in the senate helps. IT DOES NOT. More time in the senate builds a voting record that is usually more damaging than helpful.

Should he run for Prez? No. He should be the Veep candidate hands down though.

Posted by: Bruce Wayne | May 25, 2006 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Look, I think Obama is great and even though I'm not completely on the Obama '08 bandwagon (yet), I don't think his prospects should be dismissed simply b/c he's only been in the Senate for a few years.

The American people aren't expecting their presidents to have long, distinguished legislative careers. In fact, I'd argue that true presidential leadership stems more from more innate personal qualities that some politicians have and some politicians don't. Obama definitely has "it." (And from a practical point of view, it seems obvious that he would be able to attract big-time donors and seasoned political staff.)

I'm not sure what Obama would gain from spending a few more years in a bitterly divided Senate. Americans are hungry for a real leader, and Obama might just be that leader.

Posted by: Mike | May 25, 2006 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Hold your horses, guys. Not yet. Not yet for Obama, and not yet for Feingold. Those two are a dream team, but if Obama runs now (and he knows this) he'll be another John Edwards who took a gamble and lost his chance. He has been in the senate just two years, and will have served only four by the time of the elections. Give the guy a chance to do something first. Otherwise, he's wasting a great opportunity.

Posted by: Jake | May 25, 2006 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt that the hiring of these two advisers by Obama is a signal he is considering an '08 run. He has said he will not run for Prez or VP in '8 and I believe him.

>> Robert Gibbs, communications director for the Senator, said "the demands on his time politically combined with his profile nationally are greater than a senator ranked 98th in seniority and therefore necessitate a larger organization." <<

If a Senator like Kerry, Biden, Clinton or Bayh made the claim that they needed extra staffers just to handle their business and hectic schedule I wouldn't beieve it. But Obama has been a rock star of the party and the country really since he gave that great speech at the Dem Convention in '04. I read somewhere that his office receives more than 200 speaking invitations a week! I believe it that he jsut needs the extra help. I think Chris is just making something out of nothing with these advisers being hired.

Posted by: Ohio guy | May 25, 2006 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I strongly believe that Obama should run in 08. Four or eight more years of experience just creates that much longer of a trail of Senate votes for him to be attacked on (see John Kerry, 2004), and can only see his star fall and tarnish. Obama, not Gore, is the potential saviour for Dems in 08. Should he run, I'd have to seriously reconsider my support for Feingold thus far. I think Obama can give people hope and unite us like no one else out there. And I think America is more than ready for a black president. Electing President Obama would truly make me proud of my country.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | May 25, 2006 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Daydreamer's got the style workin' today.

Posted by: Petey | May 25, 2006 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama seems like a nice enough person, but I don't know much about him. His problem is that he is black. I think a very large number of American's are fundimentally racist bigots and wouldn't vote for him, no matter how reasonable he was.

Posted by: Mike Brooks | May 25, 2006 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Gore/Barak? Ah, it must indeed be the weather, this soporific evening. How about Al/Obama 2008? A rousing rose by any other name...

Posted by: Daydreamer | May 25, 2006 5:45 PM | Report abuse

It's a warm, sunny afternoon with a pleasant breeze - just the right conditions for a pleasant thought, perhaps a daydream: Gore/Barak 2008.

Posted by: kjaba | May 25, 2006 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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