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I've finally plucked up the courage to set-up an online blog. I'm going to endeavour to blog as often as possible to share my thoughts, to share some articles and news i find interesting, and also use it for my private reflections (you guys won't get to see that!). Also i hope people will read and comment on some of my posts.

The spur for deciding to set-up a blog has been my studies through the Open University. They encourage learning and reflection, and collaborating with others.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Who wants to have a go?

Great article in the Economist about possible challengers in the 2012 American Election.
Selected quotes below:
BY THE absurdly elongated standards of American politics, next year’s presidential election is not that far away. It is less than a year until the first primaries and caucuses. By this time four years ago eight Republicans and ten Democrats had already thrown their hats in the ring; so far this year no serious candidate has done so
only three sitting presidents have lost re-election bids since the second world war. All threeGerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George Bush senior
As Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi and a potential Republican candidate himself, said recently, Mr Obama “is one of the greatest politicians in the history of the United States”.
A few mooted contenders have already ruled themselves out of the race. John Thune, a photogenic senator from South Dakota, announced in late February that he would not run. Mike Pence, a congressman from Indiana, seems to have settled on a tilt for the state’s governorship instead. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and an idol of deficit hawks, has repeatedly and vociferously denied having any presidential ambitions. So have Rick Perry, the long-serving governor of Texas, and Marco Rubio, a charismatic young senator from Florida who would be a big draw for the Hispanic vote, which the Republicans have foolishly alienated by their opposition to immigration reform. Many of these are thought to be biding their time until 2016, when Mr Obama, if re-elected, would have to step down, leaving no incumbent candidate.
Plus this pretty cool graphic on the runners and riders- I think Pizza mogul vs Obama has a nice ring to it
Picture (Device Independent Bitmap)

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