Sunday, February 4, 2007

The Real Thing: Tom Vilsack for President


5 comments:

Julie in Boise said...

Tara,

Care to elaborate?

Tara A. Rowe said...

In time, Julie. This is something I have to think out before I can elaborate...

Jared said...
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Julie in Boise said...

OK, Tara.

Vilsack's personal history is incredibly intriguing to me. Like him, I was adopted, and it definitely has had an impact on my world view: I have a very strong "outsider" streak combined with the desire to belong. Vilsack talks a lot about the former; his career choice demonstrates the latter. He also says that being adopted makes him perfectly comfortable with change. After having such a stubborn, change-averse president these past six years, that would be a strong attribute indeed.

Vilsack's record in Iowa is impressive. That said, if we're seeking a candidate with executive experience, Bill Richardson has it, too, plus a wider resume with his tenure at the UN and the Department of Energy.

As I noted in my diary at Kos, we definitely need to keep Vilsack and Richardson on our radar, but I am nowhere near deciding on a candidate for the election 21 months hence!

Julie in Boise said...

Vilsack has left the race. I am sorry, Tara!

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/02/23/politics/p074334S86.DT