Kucinich's exit follows that of Fred Thompson last week, who,
after entering the race with much hoopla – some might say hooey – about
down-home, conservative values, issued a bland three-sentence press release on
Tuesday announcing his withdrawal. His lack of interest in campaigning was
noted continuously during his time in the race, and in the postmortems now being written about him.
Did he initially intend only to finagle a vice presidential
nomination and accidentally got caught up in running for president? The LA Times' Andrew Malcolm reports on
rumors that his candidacy was more accidental than planned.
Certainly, it seemed Thompson was hoping the public as a whole would simply
clamor for his election, allowing him to conduct an old-style “front porch”
campaign, a la James Buchanan. Michael Bloomberg, be warned.
With all the dead wood now being cut out of the races – Rep. Duncan Hunter of
The Republican race is now down to four, with Romney and
McCain the frontrunners, Huckabee still perceived as something of a dark horse
with appeal limited mainly to religious conservatives, and Giuliani a big
question mark whose fate will likely be determined by how well he does in
On the Democratic side, the race is not just a question of
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