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Question: Pick up to three of the following who you think will be leading 2012 presidential candidates if McCain wins in '08
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Evan Bayh
 
#2
Joe Biden
 
#3
Sherrod Brown
 
#4
Wesley Clark
 
#5
Hillary Clinton
 
#6
Russ Feingold
 
#7
Al Gore
 
#8
Brad Henry
 
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John Kerry
 
#10
Blanche Lincoln
 
#11
Janet Napolitano
 
#12
Barack Obama
 
#13
Martin O'Malley
 
#14
Ed Rendell
 
#15
Bill Richardson
 
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Bill Ritter
 
#17
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
 
#18
Brian Schweitzer
 
#19
Kathleen Sebelius
 
#20
Ted Strickland
 
#21
Mark Udall
 
#22
Mark Warner
 
#23
Jim Webb
 
#24
NOTA
 
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« on: August 29, 2008, 02:51:18 PM »
« edited: August 29, 2008, 03:01:13 PM by Mr. Morden »

Now that both candidates have picked their running mates, it's time for another iteration of this poll.  In just a few months, right after the '08 general election, this board will be knee deep in speculation over who will run in 2012.  But why wait that long?

For the purpose of this poll, assume that McCain beats Obama in November.  Now here's the question: In early 2009 (just ~6 months from now), who do you think will make up the media-annointed "first tier" of potential contenders for the 2012 Democratic nomination?

You can pick up to three names, but just to be clear, these are the people who you think the media and political insiders will regard as the initial "first tier".  It doesn't mean that they'll be leading in the early 2012 polls, just as (for example) Mitt Romney was regarded as a "first tier" candidate well before he reached double digits in the national polls.  (Likewise, George Allen would have been considered a "first tier" 2008 candidate in late 2005 / early 2006, but in his case his candidacy didn't go anywhere, for obvious reasons.)

Here are the top vote getters from this poll from May:

(name, followed by # of votes)

Warner 22
Clinton 19
Bayh 10
Obama 9
Feingold 5
Schweitzer 5
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2008, 02:57:30 PM »

Warner, Hillary, and Biden.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2008, 02:58:18 PM »
« Edited: August 29, 2008, 02:59:51 PM by Nick Naylor »

Clinton (far and away the "front runner")
Biden
Feingold

Honorable Mention: Schweitzer, Warner
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2008, 02:59:00 PM »

Warner and Hillary
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2008, 10:57:36 PM »

Evan Bayh, Hillary Clinton,  Brian Schweitzer
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2008, 03:34:54 AM »

Clinton, Warner and Biden
But Obama would probably still be considered.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2008, 11:19:19 AM »

Hillary, Warner, Bayh, and Feingold as the first tier.

Henry, Brown, and Schweitzer as second tier candidates who could potentially break into the first tier.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2008, 12:20:00 PM »

Clinton, Warner and Biden
But Obama would probably still be considered.
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2008, 03:51:18 PM »

Clinton, Warner and Biden
But Obama would probably still be considered.
If Obama loses this year not only will he not be considered.. But the party probably won't nominate a non-white for awhile. Sad to say.
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2008, 10:01:08 PM »

Clinton, Warner and Biden
But Obama would probably still be considered.
If Obama loses this year not only will he not be considered.. But the party probably won't nominate a non-white for awhile. Sad to say.

I'm sure he would still be considered, as Kerry was after 2004.

I highly doubt he would run though.
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2008, 10:44:05 PM »

Obama may remain viable.  Gore would have been, remember.  Kerry may even have won this cycle if he were somehow nominated again.
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2008, 11:08:18 PM »

Kerry may even have won this cycle if he were somehow nominated again.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here...
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2008, 12:57:25 AM »

Obama may remain viable.  Gore would have been, remember.  Kerry may even have won this cycle if he were somehow nominated again.

Gore only because he won the popular vote in 2000 (and even the electoral vote was disputed).  Kerry never could have won the nomination in 2008 after having lost in '04.  Nowadays, I think the party wants to discard you once you've lost the general election....*unless* you won the popular vote, a la Gore.
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2008, 09:05:29 AM »

Kerry may even have won this cycle if he were somehow nominated again.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here...

you don't think he would have been competitive?  if only because of the environment.
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2008, 08:27:53 PM »

Bill Ritter would be a great choice. He can say that he is pro-life, but will not appoint judges that will overturn Roe on the basis of stability and prudence.
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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2008, 08:28:52 PM »

...and if Roe is overturned, he can say that he will stay nuetral....that would basically be as if the abortion debate never existed.
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« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2008, 06:22:44 PM »

Clinton will be a frontrunner, and I think Mark Warner will run as well. However, it's possible Warner won't, since he backed out of a near-certain bid in '08.

And I think Obama *might* remain viable in 2012, although it will depend a lot on the manner of his defeat. If his loss is a surprise and looks like it's the result of racism, he could well make a credible repeat bid. At the state and local level, many first-time minority nominees lose and are renominated, coming back to win.

This scenario would be even more likely if Obama wins the popular vote but loses the electoral vote.

Still, I'd say Clinton is more likely to be the nominee. Really hard to foresee this far out, though. In September 2004, most people would have picked Hillary Clinton and George Allen as the likely nominees if George W. Bush won reelection.
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« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2008, 06:26:19 PM »

I'd love to think Bill Ritter, but there's nothing cool and hip about nominating a moderate white guy with experience.  Democrats far more enjoy turning the election into a Hollywood party.  Therefore, I assume the frontrunner will be gay, a minority, and hip as can be.  Therefore I change my prediction to Mr. Sulu from Star Trek
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2008, 06:29:40 PM »

The Democratic party should just disband if they can't win this one.
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« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2008, 07:24:54 PM »

Clinton(runs on an I told you so campaign), Warner(takes up the change mantal), Biden(name thrown out to keep things interesting but he does poorly). Schweitzer, Feingold , and Ritter are lower tier candidates that could break through. Again Dennis Kucinich runs and again he barely gets 1%.
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