In keeping with the 2008 theme, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, has declared his intention to run for the Democratic nomination as well.  On most every objective factor, he would make a better choice.  He's got a great resume: 15 years in Congress, Secretary of Energy, Ambassador to the UN, and twice elected governor of New Mexico.  And to top it all of, he's Hispanic, but with a name like Bill Richardson, much less likely to scare of xenophobic voters.  Of course, lacking the name recognition or star power of Clinton, Obama, and Edwards, he falls immediately into the second tier candidates.   Yet on the face of it, he is doubtless the best prepared to be president.  I am a strong believer that we are much better off having former governors than former senators as president.  From what I can tell, he just does not seem to excite the pundit class (NM voters seem plenty happy with him).  Hmmm, maybe I should join the Richardson for President bandwagon.  What I would really love is for a candidate with the charisma of Edwards or Obama to have the resume of Richardson.  Alas, it seems not to be. 

Hillary and the blog slump

As my regular readers know, I've been in a real blog slump.  Part of me feels I should write something pretty close to every day, but I decided that the blog should be something I really enjoy doing, not something I have to do.  If I am not inspired to comment on anything in the news or life or just too busy, so be it.  So, last week, I was lacking both inspiration and time.  Hillary's announcement kicked me out of the slump, as I have a lot to say on the topic, so, time permitting, I've got a lot I want to say this week.  Anyway…

Although we've all known a long time that Hillary is going to run, my initial gut reaction when I saw the headline on-line was something between annoyance and disappointment.  I am just not a Hillary fan, I do not think she would make a particularly good president (though I would certainly vote for her if nominated), and I just think the Democrats can do much better.  I think what it all comes down to for me is that Hillary would be nothing without Bill.  We just wouldn't be having this conversation if she did not happen to be married to one of the most skilled (and liked) politicians of recent times.  Why is Hillary such a formidable candidate? It is because she can raise money like nobody else and has an amazing team of advisers and consultants?  Why does this have these advantages?  Quite simply, because she is Bill Clinton's wife.  I do believe that Hillary Clinton is a very bright woman, has good liberal bona fides, an excellent understanding of public policy, and some pretty good political skills, but being elected president because of who your husband is is no better than being elected president because of who your father is. 

While I'm at it, in my personal experience she just doesn't seem to inspire people.  Obviously, there are other important criteria in electing a leader, but it sure is nice when people can actually get excited about the candidate they support, i.e., Bill Clinton, rather than just support them without excitement because they think they have a good chance of winning, i.e., John Kerry.  I think where there is excitement, a lot of it is what she represents as such a serious contender for the presidency as a woman, not as Hillary Clinton per se.  Heck, I teach Women and Politics– I'd love to see a woman president.  Just one I think is more genuinely deserving.

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