Ewan Watt looks at the demographics and concludes that the Democrats need Bill Richardson on the ticket.
The way in which the Democratic race has transpired will likely provide some solace to Republicans and conservative 527s who had anticipated with whom their respective candidates would face off in ‘round II’.
Bearing in mind the media circus surrounding Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton it was hardly surprising that Bill Richardson’s withdrawal from the Presidential race received so little attention. Richardson’s withdrawal was due to financial problems; he would be unable to compete with the respective war chests of the two frontrunners. However his involvement in the 2008 Presidential race is hardly likely to end there. In fact, Republicans should take note of New Mexico’s commander in-chief – he may pose a greater threat to the GOP than either Obama or Clinton.
Looking at the last seven Presidential elections one wonders how on earth the Democratic Party has found their candidate residing in the White House on only three occasions.
Although the Republicans tasted some success in the South with Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956, a real southern strategy was developed by Richard Nixon and latterly Lee Atwater, who cited constitutional objections to ‘bussing’ and fiscal conservatism, tax cuts and states rights respectively. Thus without a solid southern constituency the Democrats have won the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on only three occasions since 1968 – through the Jimmy Carter anomaly and the political genius of William J. Clinton.