Secretary Sledgehammer has announced the names of those presidential candidates who will be on the ballot in Connecticut for our presidential primary early next year.
Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Barack (not that Hussein) Obama, Joe Biden, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, and Bill Richardson. Oh yeah, and Chris Dodd! Almost forgot him.
Republicans: Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Alan Keyes, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Fred Thompson, and Tom Tancredo.
The Primary is scheduled for February 5th, 2008. By then, it will be all the more absurd that Dodd, Gravel, Kucinich, Biden and Richardson are still on the ballot. Their candidacies are stillborn. However I do desperately hope Dodd does not come off the ballot before the primary. He deserves the shame of polling fifth in his own home state.
Likewise for Republicans Huckabee, Keyes, Hunter, and Thompson; they have no hope, just as Ron Paul has very pronounced gonads calling himself a Republican.
I have to be honest. I am not excited about the presidential election yet, and I have not decided on a GOP candidate yet, although I somewhat lean toward Mitt Romney at this point. Giuliani is not bad either though. Both would be good to have at the top of the ticket while we wage races at the state level.