If the Dem's have to spend time and money in California, it's time and money that allow GWB to focus elsewhere while the Dem's have to reinforce their flank.
Excellent point, my man. Outstanding observation. I think Kerry will spend a lot of early time in California, and if it looks safe, he won't ignore it, obviously, but he will be able to focus on the South and Midwest, where, I think, the race will be won or lost, as usual. I personally think California is firmly in the Democratic camp, but Schwarznegger's popularity could translate into votes for Bush if Bush is smart to try and use him to put CA
As for a gender/ethnic candidate, like Feinstein or Richardson, it risks alienating center-right voters who aren't thrilled with Bush, but still might be uncomfortable with a woman/minority Veep candidate. I know, it's sad, but it's still true. Which is another reason why I don't think Bush, if he dumped Cheney, would dare take Condi Rice, because it would drive off white conservative males in droves. There's still a problem with having anything but a white male running for President/Veep, and I hope that someone is successful with a woman/minority candidate in the near future.
General Clark, John Edwards, & Howard Dean bring nothing to the table, in fact, if any of these three were selected, you would see a guarantee that President Bush would be re-elected.
I have to agree about Dean on that point. I am unsure if Clark would be a positive or a negative at this point. I totally disagree with your opinion on Edwards, however. His strong showing tonight in Wisconsin shows he has some appeal outside the South, and I think that would be a boost to Kerry, not only in the South now, but in the Midwest. I sitlll think, right now, a Kerry/Edwards tickets would be the strongest challenge to Bush/Cheney.
I juuussstt have that funny feeling that Hilary's just waiting in the wings.....
If this had been a wide-open free-for-all, as I thought a couple months back it might be, I would have agreed with you. Had no one emerged from the pack, which obviously, Kerry has done, then Hillary would have been a possible candidate in a brokered convention to take on Bush.
As for the notion, floated by some conservatives, that The Clintons are hoping the Dem candidate loses this year, they're just nuts. One thing Democrats seem bent on, with a passion that doesn't show up in the Democratic camp too often, is a desire to do one thing-get George Bush out of the White House. The Clintons are no exception. If such idiocy were true, their "man", Clark, would not have endoresed John Kerry last week.