I'm not talking about the summer Olympics. Nor am I referring to some ancient calendar that speaks of earth's doom in 2012, or the movie about it.
No, I'm referring to the 2012 Presidential Campaign Season.
It's The Amazing Race, Survivor, American Idol, and the Super Bowl, all in one event. Now that the Supreme Court has turned on the money spigots, it promises to be one doozie of a campaign season. Our 'athlete politicians' are already preparing for the event. (Welcome aboard Evan Bayh!)
The cast of contestants for the next season is already starting to take shape:
Will there be others?
There are some who see the emergence of a viable candidate from a Third Party.
James Altucher thinks so and elaborates in his recent post: Introducing the Third Party Candidates for 2012: Romney, Palin, Clinton, and More.
About Clinton he says,
Hilary [sic] Clinton is an interesting choice. She and Bill controlled the Democratic party for almost two decades so its hard to imagine her bolting the party. But if there is enough dissatisfaction with Obama she might come across as the only viable alternative even though Obama has got the party locked up in terms of pushing his own nomination in 2012. The only place she might be able to take her 18mm voters (the number of voters who voted for her in the Democratic primaries in 2008) would be to a third party. And despite her laying low right now as a loyal Secretary of State, she desperately believes she is the best person for the job and wants her chance to shine. Perhaps the Blue Dog Democrats would bolt to form their own party and make Hillary their leader. Bill Clinton in the early 90s was head of the Democratic Leadership Council, which the Blue Dog Democrats currently resemble.
I disagree with his statement "Obama has got the party locked up in terms of pushing his own nomination in 2012." (Maybe he meant to say the party itself should be locked up!)
Before Iowa, there were those saying Clinton had the race 'locked up'...and maybe she did at the time, however in today's world, politics is a day-to-day slog. Or, as Heidi Klum says on Project Runway, "One day you're in....the next day you're out."
Personally, I'm expecting Clinton and her VP choice Harold Ford to make a run for it. In somebody's mind this is a winning ticket. (I don't think so, but if I were Obama I'd try to get her on the Supreme Court.)
The question is: "Will any Democrat(s) abandon Obama in 2012?"
Did a Republican win Ted Kennedy's seat? Did the Saints win the Superbowl?
I'm no seer or prophet, I'm just reading the tea leaves. Probably doesn't matter what happens in Obama's White House -- campaign season is too enticing to resist for potential candidates. Especially those with national name recognition and money sources.
So is Evan Bayh really getting out of the game, or just starting it?
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