Monday, October 23, 2006

Barack for president?

By Michael J.W. Stickings

According to the AP, "Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged Sunday he was considering a run for president in 2008, backing off previous statements that he would not do so".

Mark Warner was widely seen as the anti-Hillary candidate, and it was assumed that Evan Bayh and John Edwards would be the likeliest to benefit from Warner's decision not to run. That may still be true, and I have my own preferences that I won't get into here, but Obama must be seen as a credible candidate who would attract a good deal of media attention and popular support. He could very well be the future of the Democratic Party. And that future could come sooner than we thought.

See also Dan Balz at the Post.

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