Obama's Exploratory Phase Poses Problem For Unannounced Candidates
by Chris Bowers, Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 07:12:38 AM EST
. This is also a shrewd move in that it puts the unannounced candidates in a difficult position for their announcements. Richardson, who in some respects would be the anti-Obama resume candidate, has said he will announce his decision by the end of the month, but now with Obama and Obama speculation everywhere, he will have a difficult time generating a lot of free press should he announce his candidacy. Clark, who would also have a long resume and drain a decent amount of Obama's potential online support, has said he will announce his decision in early 2007. However, now he is either forced to wait to announce last--again--or to announce during Obama's exploratory window. Clinton, who would immediately be a first tier candidate in the race, has also said she will announce in the next several weeks, is also now boxed in by the Obama search party.
The first major 2008 candidate forum will be held by AFSCME on February 21. I can't imagine any candidates would want to miss that forum, so they will want to announce by then. However, the specifics of Obama's announcement, forming an exploratory committee now with a final decision on February 10th, has the potential to suck a lot of the air out of any other candidate announcements between now and the AFSCMNE forum. Smart stuff. Obama has certainly timed and structured his announcement well.