Just when I thought it was going to be kind of a slow news day politically, Ralph Nader has announced he will enter the presidential race as a third-party candidate. Whether it's Hillary or Barack on the Dem ticket, this means a few percentage points sucked away from the Democrats. In a close race (which this may well be), this could make the difference to the GOP candidate. Predictably, Barack and Hillary are pissed off.
Nader also ran for president in 2000 and 2004. Even with ground-breaking candidates like Obama (first African-American) and Hillary (first woman), it's nice to know that some things stay the same.
Wow, still not even March, and we've already had enough twists and turns in this race for any two or three elections.
SAVE US!: The "savior" mantle has now been officially laid on Barack Obama. But, it came from a rather unusual source: Louis Farrakhan. Now THERE's an endorsement Obama may want to send back along with Rezko's dirty money.
SAVE US- UPDATED: It appears that Obama renounced Farrakhan at a private meeting with Jewish leaders. However, Obama did not exactly say that he renounced Farrakhan's endorsement, and the real question is will Obama make a more specific statement in a public forum where the news media can dissect it. Hat Tip: Little Green Footballs.
ON THE LOCAL POLITICAL SCENE: The deadline for local Green Party, GOP and Dem candidates to be appointed to vacant nominee positions is Monday, April 7, 2008. The GOP Country Convention is Wednesday, March 5th at Midlane Country Club in Waukegan, and the Dems' event is at the Ramada Inn in Waukegan on the same night. No idea if the Green Party has a convention.
At least on the GOP side, we wait until after the convention to make the final decision about slating candidates to open spots (I figure on the Dem side, Terry Link just picks whomever he wants and the rest of the lemmings fall in line), but I am excited about the prospective names I've heard discussed. As you can expect, State Sentator Terry Link is at the very top of the target list and will definitely face a GOP opponent, and the rest of the appointments will follow from there.