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Feb 23rd 2007

What’s Wrong With Politics

When a serious candidate pulls out like this something is wrong with the process.

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack withdrew as a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination today, saying he could not raise enough money to compete with his nationally known rivals.

“This process has become to a great extent about money, a lot of money,” Vilsack said during a late morning news conference at his campaign headquarters in Des Moines.

I doubt I would have voted for Tom Vilsack in the general election, but he was a serious candidate, with serious experience (in other words, he wasn’t a Dennis Kucinich proposing outer space mind control legislation).

What’s wrong with politics? The presidential race is a horse race for money as much as it is for votes. Is public financing the answer? I dunno. That would bring a whole set of problems, I think.

2 Responses to “What’s Wrong With Politics”

  1. N Chung

    Dr. Kearl said all politicians were idiots. Maybe personnel is the issue.

  2. I personally think it is ridiculous to pull out this soon.

    While I’m cheering for Romney on the Republican side, I can see 1 or 2 republican candidates getting plenty of press in the next year side by side with the “Big 3” – McCain, Giuliani and Romney.

    Same thing with Hillary, Obama and Edwards.