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Daschle Faces Reality

Tom Daschle has stated that he will not enter the 2008 Presidential race. That’s a smart move on his part, he simply doesn’t have the support necessary for a viable run. His loss in South Dakota has made him damaged goods politically, and he doesn’t offer enough to set him apart from the rest of the pack. A run for the Presidency would just be a case of throwing money and time down the toilet.

Daschle deserves some credit for facing reality, and has a chance to play the part of the elder statesman — and I’m not so sure that he might not have a chance at winning statewide office in South Dakota if he so chooses.

4 responses to “Daschle Faces Reality”

  1. Mark says:

    Attorney General perhaps? Where else would there be an opening for him? By 2010, I expect he’ll be too far out of the game to pose a credible rematch challenge to Thune. Do you think he could have beaten Rounds in the gubernatorial race this year?

  2. Jay Reding says:

    I think that Daschle could have had a chance to beat Rounds, probably more so than any other Democrat. (Unless Herseth decides to run, which may be a smart move for her if she has Presidential aspirations. I also wouldn’t discount her being a dark-horse for the VPOTUS slot in 2008 either…)

  3. Seth says:

    1.) Rounds can’t run again.
    2.) There is no way on God’s green Earth Herseth will even be mentioned as an 08 VP pick.

    Worst. Analysis. Ever.

  4. Nicq MacDonald says:


    Rounds can’t run for governor again, but I don’t think that’s what he meant. Then again, I’m not sure if Rounds has any aspirations outside of Pierre anyway.

    In the case of Herseth, if she has her eye on a Senate seat, she should probably bide her time until either Johnson or Thune decides they don’t want it anymore. Despite her popularity, she’d have a hell of a match against Thune, though she could probably beat anyone else in the state.