Let's talk about Mike Gravel for President in 2008.

You know, since nobody else seems to be. :)
I'm going to break my self imposed rule of not talking about 2008 until 2006 elections are over for a few moments here to get this post out and talk about Maurice Robert Gravel, aka former Senator Mike Gravel.

Who? Why?
Well, yeah, see that's most peoples reaction... Yet he's running and over and over again he's not included in straw polls, he is a declared candidate, fringe though he may be.

So who is Mike Gravel anyway?
More below.

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McCain: Invincible? Not so much.

Chris Cillizza in the WP's political blog "The Fix" talks today about reasons Obama could run in 2008 (though he thinks that he won't). So today on Boldly Blue, we're going to talk about the 2008 presidential forecast, but in a bold new way. As is traditional for our bold website.

For all the pundits out here, I'll throw out a mild shocker: we shouldn't be looking for a good candidate--we need to find a good message.

That part's fairly obvious, especially considering it's what pundits have been saying for years. The shocker part comes from a suggestion I have: values aren't just a good defense (as in, clearly defining and pushing the Democratic values message), but they're a good offense as well.

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Why I Am Supporting Mark Warner for President

I saw Mark Warner last week at DL21C in New York for the first time since 1996 when I lived in Virginia.  He was everything I remembered and more.  He was substantive, funny and charismatic.  I am not sure where he got the reputation of being stiff and dull but I have never found him to be either.

The reason I am supporting Warner is the message he is enunciating.  His overall theme is that America is a great country but we are losing the things that made it great and we are at an important crossroads.  He discussed how if we work together and sacrifice together when necessary we can get the things done we need to maintain our status as a world leader.  He talked at length about the need to restore America's reputation in the world, to provide a fair and level playing field for all Americans and to give people the tools they need to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.  

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