Predicting '08

Mathew Dowd and Joe Lockhart share their thoughts with USA Today on the Republican and Democratic fields in '08.

Q: Who will the Democrats nominate for president in 2008?

Lockhart: I think there are three leading contenders. There will be John Kerry, out of some legacy; John Edwards, because the No. 2 person always runs; and Hillary Clinton, given her stature and the Clinton stature in the party.

Although all of those three people are my friends, I (wouldn't be surprised if) it's going to be someone other than the three of them, and I don't have the slightest idea who that is.

Q: Who will the Republicans nominate in 2008?

Dowd: Obviously, John McCain hasn't made up his mind. He is probably very popular; more popular in a general election than he is in a Republican primary, although he's probably in a better position now than he was maybe six months before the election,

I think Rudy Giuliani is very interested. If we're still having an election that is a 9/11 type of election where terrorism is high on the issue landscape, I think Rudy Giuliani has a real advantage.

And there's a whole bunch of other candidates, but I don't have any idea who it's going to be.

Other '08 News:

According to Time magazine Gen. Wesley Clark has learned his lessons and is considering another run.

Roll Call reports that Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) is"one of a handful of Republican Senators privately mulling a potential presidential bid in three years time...Support from the party's conservative wing could be crucial to launching Brownback into the top tier of candidates if -- as expected -- Iowa retains its first-in-the-nation caucuses in 2008."

The Daytona Beach News Journal reports that Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) said that "that he'll decide whether to run after 'going around the country' working to return a Democrat to the White House."