To the strains of "Southern Man", the LA Times ponders the next Dem Presidential candidate.
The concerns about the party's direction also could lift lesser-knowns such as Govs. Mark R. Warner of Virginia and Michael F. Easley of North Carolina, who are widely seen as effective communicators of a populist Democratic message in Republican-leaning states.
...Dick Harpootlian, former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, was more blunt. "As of now, Hillary Clinton's a bad idea," he said.
The standard-bearer should be a face from the South or the Midwest, he added, naming Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, this year's vice presidential nominee, or Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana as presidential possibilities.
Relentlessly overlooked - Gov. Richardson of New Mexico.
Orrin Judd has thoughts about Warner. And I have read that Easely of North Carolina is a constitutionally weak Governor. Well, the governor of Texas is limited, too.
But on to the Wonkette Watch! The closing bit of wisdom from Mr. Harpootlian is here:
"You can't go to a [Democratic National Committee] meeting and have the first act be to divide up into the caucuses: the African American caucus, the Asian American caucus, the Pacific American caucus, the lesbian and gay caucus, the Native American caucus," he said. "As a white guy from South Carolina, where's my caucus? Where's the white guys' caucus?
"That defines the problem of the Democratic Party," he added. "They've got to make folks like me welcome, and make it so I don't have to take a hard swallow every time I go to a DNC meeting."
A hard swallow? At least they are not... oh, never mind.