There's been some talk, (here and here), about the possibility of a McCain/Lieberman 2008 presidential ticket. This idea is resurgent mostly because of Lieberman's new communication director, Marshall Wittman, having strong ties to McCain. The timing of a McCain/Lieberman ticket in 2008 is just wrong. We needed it in 2004, when the role of American Deomcracy idealism was not devalued around the globe. For 2008, we need a presidential candidate who needs to reset the direction of American foreign policy in a bold engaged direction, and not succumb to an isolationist domestic agenda.
The GOP contenders offer up the concept of building walls, literally, on our borders. Rasmussen says Giuliani, Rice and McCain. All three are comfortable with the bunker mentality that looks inwards.
On the Dems side, at least according to a CNN poll, you have Hillary, Obama, Edwards, and Gore, we get Domestic policy wonks and little in the way of global anything, with the exception of Gore.
And then there is Dodd. Today's Courant reiterates, he's not on the radar, as a presidential candidate yet. But his focus on America's standing in the world is the right one. The real issue for 2008 is not going to be on the failed policies of Bush, but on the fundamental issue of whether we Americans see the world as it is, or as we'd like to see it. Whether Dodd will rise above the popularity contests that have become the presidential aspirant races will remain to be seen. The direction of the 2008 race will turn on what happens in Iraq. Bush may still control the military, but the debate about America's role in the world is now in the hands of Congress.