The focus today is Iraq, but people can't help speculating about 2008 in the meantime.
The Hotline reports that James Carville is including Al Gore in the list of candidates he expects to run for president in 2008. Taegan Goddard's Political Wire says the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party is wondering whether Hillary Clinton may stay out of the race if Barack Obama gets in. The chairman's speculation seems to be driven by Clinton's lack of preparation for the Iowa caucuses, but that may have more to do with a conclusion that the state belongs to favorite son Tom Vilsack rather than any larger decision about the race.
Speaking of Vilsack, the Iowa governor continues to establish his credentials as the king of bad timing. Vilsack filed papers for his presidential run on Nov. 9, all but assuring that his news would be buried under talk of the Democrats' congressional victories and Donald Rumfeld's departure. Today, with the news media focused hard on the question of Iraq, Vilsack formally announces his presidential run with a speech in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.