Wow. Next time I'm feeling discouraged about the Democrats' chances are for 2008, I'm gonna remember this article: We, on the other hand, can look at what appeal these potential candidates may have on a national basis. Frist is, IMO, damaged goods...damaged because of his initial remarks in the Terry Schiavo case, and because of his persistent threats to overrun Democratic judicial filibusters. McCain has always been an outcast and always will be. From what I've read about them, Brownback and Romney are idiots (although that didn't stop Dubya). I don't really see a single Republican candidate who has "legs" in this contest. There are probably more Democrats rallying around Hillary right now than there are Republicans rallying around any single GOP candidate. Giuliani might be a tough contender, but it doesn't sound to me like he's far enough to the right to satisfy the neocons. And the fact that the party base is fracturing between traditional and neo-conservatives is helpful. So perhaps if the Dems get their shtick together, find some kind of vision for the country and get themselves a decent candidate, they've got a better shot than we thought. They can certainly do better than these stiffs.