With all due respect to Sam Brownback, a man I admire and respect, I don't think he can win the presidency. First, he doesn't have the funds, and second, and quite frankly, I'm not sure his experience is deep enough to serve as President. Maybe in 4 or 8 more years. Besides Brownback, the current field of candidates from both parties looks dismal, in my opinion.
I just caught wind today that Fred Thompson, former senator from Tennessee and current TV star is mulling a run in 2008. Keep your eye on this development. If he enters the race, I would see him as the Republican front runner for sure, maybe even the instant overall favorite.
I think the Democrats will have a bloody primary season with Hillary and Obama slugging it out and John Edwards nipping at their ankles all the way. In the end, I think Obama will emerge the victor.
If Thompson doesn't run, it will be McCain or Giuliani. Neither can beat Obama. If given the choice between voting for McCain, Giuliani, or Obama, I see little difference. I'm sure Republicans would cry foul and tout the supposed conservative fiscal policies of McCain and Giuliani, but I just haven't seen any conservatism about the fiscal practices of either party in the last 6 years. I don't see McCain or Giuliani being any different.
If Thompson does decide to run, it will get very interesting. Sure, he'll get raked over the coals like any other candidate. From what I understand, he has some dirt like the rest of the current players. Being a personal friend of Scooter Libby will hurt for a while. Being Bush's man to help Roberts get confirmed to the Supreme Court will draw fire from extreme liberals. Despite all this, Thompson has something none of the other viable Republican candidates has, and it's not what you might think (Thompson has a solid pro-life voting record and has seemed to promote pro-family ideals-more to be researched here). Thompson might not be Oprah Winfrey's first pick, but unlike most of the Republican Party, the entertainment community (typically very liberal) respects Thompson. Furthermore, Thompson actually has genuine friends in Hollywood. Face it- Obama will be the darling of Hollywood. The only person who could dent that devotion, just a bit, is Fred Thompson. Don't underestimate Thompson's regular face time on a top-rated TV program (Law and Order). We are a TV generation (you have to read Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death"). I'm telling you, watch this development!
Don't read this as an endorsement of Fred Thompson, I'm still checking him out. I'm just saying- I think things are about to get very interesting.