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took a look at
the price on the neighborhood gas pump (OK,
somebody probably looked for him) and
decided a little relief is in order -- so
in the U.S. Senate that would suspend the
federal gas tax for the summer. This is no
small thing -- 18.4 cents per gallon for the
unleaded most people use, and 24.4 cents per
gallon for diesel, on which the nation's
trucking industry runs (think strawberry
prices). The potential consumer savings are
huge -- assuming they'd get passed along.
Of course, in the Democratic-controlled
Senate the chances of the bill getting
through in an
year are slight -- about the same, we'd
guess, as the chances of gas falling below
$3 a gallon. But this is where it gets fun.
Come fall, McCain will be able to say that
he tried to do something and the Democrats
wouldn't cooperate. He even sent a letter to
Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama -- his colleagues in
the Senate before they were his rivals for
the White House -- asking them to join him.
Shrewd move, that. Lovely placing of the
piece on the chess board while Obama and
Clinton are still squabbling over who gets
to play their side of the board. And the
counter-move, if there is one, will likely
be pressing McCain on the financing. McCain
says he'll replace the lost revenue to the
Highway Trust Fund from the general fund --
which is already facing a massive budget
A footnote of interest: One of the
cosponsors of McCain's bill is Joe
Lieberman, the former Democratic
nominee and former Democrat. Technically,
he's an independent senator from Connecticut
now but is usually included in the vote
count that determines the Democrats control
the Senate. He endorsed McCain in December,
so that bridge is already burned. But it has
to be galling to some in the halls of
Congress to have their former veep nominee
-- Al Gore</strong>'s running mate
-- stumping for the other guy.
-- Scott Martelle
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2008 United States
nominating convention of the Democratic Party.
It is scheduled to be held from
Monday, August 25, through Thursday, August 28,
2008, in Denver,
Republican National Convention is planned to start
just 4 days later, on September 1,
2008, in St. Paul,
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History tells us that the person who will be
elected president in 2008 is probably someone
who is right now in the public eye, most likely holding a high political office
like governor or senator. So here are a few of the most likely candidates:
(R) - Virginia's Sen. Allen is rumored to be
considering a 2008 run.
Jeb Bush (R)
- With term limits looming, Jeb Bush won't be able to run for governor of
Florida in 2006. Before the 2004 election, Jeb
said he wasn't going to run for president in 2008.
Translation: He's thinking about running for president in
(R) - Currently the North Carolina senator, Dole ran
for president in 2000 but didn't quite catch on. She's a senator now, might she
have an eye on 2008?
(R) - A moderate Republican and beloved former mayor
of New York City, Guiliani might well be the next great candidate that unites
America, ala Clinton and Reagan.
Grassley (R) - Iowa senator
Chuck Hagel (R)
- Moderate senator from Nebraska
Alan Keyes (R)
- Do you really think he'll ever just go away?
John McCain (R)
- The moderate senator from Arizona, has significant crossover appeal to
independents and democrats. However, age might be a factor for McCain. He will
be 72 in 2008, which, if he's elected, would
make him the oldest person elected president.
(R) - It's been reported in a few places that New York
Gov. Pataki may have presidential ambitions.
(R) - With tremendous appeal to moderates, Secretary
of State Powell might be convinced to run, although he has declined to run in
1996 and 2000. Powell would have trouble exciting the conservative wing of the
Rice (R) - Rice may run for senate in California 2006,
especially if the popular Sen. Diane Feinstein (D) retires. If she doesn't run
for senate, Rice might make an interesting candidate for president in
2008. There is already a
Draft Rice movement underway.
Mit Romney (R)
- Mass. Gov. Romney
reportedly has presidential aspirations.
Bush bashed Mass. so much in the 2004 and to such great effect -- you can bet
one of the other Republicans will hurl some of those familiar lines at Romney.
Romney, if he runs, is a long shot.
(R) - The ultraconservative Pennsylvania senator may
run for president in 2008; however, he must
first survive his 2006 re-election to the
Schwarzenegger (R) - Under the current rules, Arnold
would not be allowed to hold the office of President because he was not born in
the United States. But no one should let a petty thing like the Constitution get
in their way. A group called
www.OperationArnold.com is working to get Congress to change the
highest law of the land, all for Arnold.
Evan Bayh (D)
- The popular senator from Indiana.
Joe Biden (D)
- Delaware's Sen. Biden was flirting with the idea of running in the 2004
election, but opted out and became a
cheerleader for Kerry.
(D) - Even before he took office as Illinois' chief
executive, G-Rod has been said to have presidential
ambitions. But he'll have a tough re-election
bid in 2006 to worry about first.
Wes Clark (D)
- Clark was a top contender for the Democratic
presidential nomination in 2004 but lost out to Kerry. He may resurface
in 2008, although Clark may be better suited
to run for Arkansas governor in 2006.
(D) - Hillary is definitely on for
2008. In fact, I'm having this frightening
vision that it will be Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton in
Howard Dean (D)
- The former Vermont Gov. Dean is using his grassroots organization to stay in
the political spotlight, perhaps in hopes of a 2008
run. Rumor has it that he has his sights set on the Democratic party chair.
Mike Easley (D)
- North Carolina Gov. Easley won handily won re-election
(D) - Sen. Edwards will be in it for
2008, although since he won't be a senator for
the next four years, he has the difficult problem of staying in the spotlight.
Al Gore (D)
- There is always the possibility that Gore will run again. There's a
site already up.
John Kerry (D)
- Win or lose, Kerry will be talked about as a contender in
2008. But if he loses, don't bet on him
running -- that would royally piss off Hillary.
(D) - Popular Ark. senator. She might actually be a
good choice for the vice presidential nominee.
(D) - It has been said often enough by supporters and
the media that Obama should run, but Obama is unlikely to run for president
before his first term is over. He's young. Give him at least until 2012 or 2016
to rack up a host of big accomplishments first.
(D) - House Minority Leader from California. There's
no way she'd run if Hillary jumps in the race.
Tom Vilsack (D)
- Iowa Gov. Vilsack's name was being kicked around as a running mate for John
Kerry, but that didn't quite pan out. However, he's considered a likely
Mark Warner (D)
- Virginia Gov. Warner is not eligible for re-election
in 2005 and has to be weighing his political future. On the one hand, he could
challenge Sen. George Allen (R) for the senate in 2006, or he could make an
especially compelling case to Democratic voters for the
2008 nomination by potentially winning
Virginia's 13 electoral votes. Keep an eye on Warner.