The 9th snuck up on me this month, but I consider myself to be caught up on candidate endorsements. Admittedly I did not do an endorsement for Fred Thompson, although I had him on my list. I consider myself caught up because Fred has not formally announced his candidacy and there’s an outside chance that he will not choose to run. I have been watching closely and he is very interested in running, but unless he is holding several aces up his sleeve he is not ready to run a presidential campaign yet.
As I indicated last month, I will be writing a post to clarify all the endorsements I have made. I will list who I think are the best candidates and why. I will discuss my perspective on what our nation needs in 2008 and how that differs from the current political rhetoric. I will also be seeking feedback on that post from any of my readers so that I can refine my thinking.
As we draw closer to the election season (primaries included) one of the things we most need is informed discussion from mainstream Americans which can hopefully influence parties and override the extreme viewpoints that often dominate party primaries. This informed discussion might also have the power to generate more participation from the electorate as people choose to vote who otherwise might feel unprepared to make an informed decision at the ballot.