Russ Feingold won’t be running in 2008:

Sen. Russ Feingold will not seek his party's presidential nomination in 2008, the Wisconsin Democrat told the Journal Sentinel on Saturday.

…Feingold, 53, conceded that he faced long odds of winning the nomination.

"It would have required the craziest combination of things in the history of American politics to make it work," he said.

But Feingold said waging an underdog campaign appealed to him. What didn't appeal to him, he said, was "the way in which this effort would dismantle both my professional life (in the Senate) and my personal life. I'm very happy right now."

…Feingold sent an e-mail to supporters Saturday night announcing his decision.

In it, he said, "I'm sure a campaign for president would have been a great adventure and helpful in advancing a progressive agenda. . . .

"However, to put my family and all of my friends and supporters through such a process without having a very strong desire to run, seems inappropriate to me."
Damn him and his dumb honesty! That’s exactly the kind of bullshit that made me want him to run for president in the first place! Harrumph.

Presuming Al Gore doesn’t run, which I think is a safe presumption at this point, I’m not sure who my first choice is. Probably Edwards. Or Clark.

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