Jan 092008

Is Bill Richardson dropping out of the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination?

The Associated Press (Nedra Pickler) says yes (and NBC agrees).

Richardson to End Presidential Bid

Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals’ star power.

Richardson planned to announce the decision Thursday, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge of the decision. They spoke on a condition of anonymity in advance of the governor’s announcement.

The Richardson campaign would not comment on the governor’s decision, reached after a meeting with his top advisers Wednesday in New Mexico.

Richardson had one of the most wide-ranging resumes of any candidate ever to run for the presidency, bringing experience from his time in Congress, President Clinton’s Cabinet, in the New Mexico statehouse as well as his unique role as a freelance diplomat. As a Hispanic, he added to the unprecedented diversity in the Democratic field that also included a black and a woman.

But Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama dominated the spotlight in the campaign, and Richardson was never able to become a top-tier contender.

Personally, I kind of think we are the point in this process where each candidate knows whether or not he or she has a realistic shot at winning their party’s nomination. If they don’t, they should save themselves and their families and supporters some time, money and heartache and call it quits. At this point, at least in this writer’s opinion, there should be no more than three candidates from each party still in the race.

They’ve all been campaigning for at least a year now. We are less than a month away from knowing who the nominees will be. Those who know that they have little to no chance of winning should have the grace to depart now. (Are you listening, Dennis, Fred, Mitt and Rudy?)

Jan 092008

May I be the first to say “Congratulations, Keith!” Heck of a job, pal!


LGF = Little Green Footballs = ultra right wing hate monger website.

It looks like you’re really getting under their skin, Keith. You even beat out The New York Times (and the righties absolutely abhor The New York Times)! Keep up the good work. Just so you know… we appreciate it.

Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann

Jan 092008

I think it’s clear that the Democrats won…


287,849 votes landed in the Democratic column compared to 238,878 in the Republican. (Notice that the second place Democrat beat the first place Republican by 16,310 votes.)

The “Independents” are going for the Democrats. There is cause for concern among the Republicans.

Meanwhile, all the candidates on both sides live to fight another day. This thing, as they say, is far from over. The reports of Hillary Clinton’s demise were clearly exaggerated, as were those of John McCain’s. I am not yet ready to declare a final victor on either side. Anyone who is is clearly a fool.

My two cents… spend it wisely.