With Illinois Senator Barack Obama publicly announcing that he will seriously consider a run for the Democrats’ 2008 presidential nomination, it is worth noting the infatuation much of the party’s liberal base has with the charismatic Washington rookie.
The liberal superblog DailyKos is calling on its members to rank their preferred Democratic nominees for 2008 as part of a monthly straw poll feature the site has run for some time. Site founder Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, a powerhouse in Democratic circles and the leader of an extremely active, motivated blog community, ranked Obama as the strongest potential candidate so far in December.
Obama has generated a lot of goodwill from the left, though it will be interesting to see if the official announcement that John Edwards has entered the race, and his base-pleasing comments on Iraq over the weekend, will vault him to the top. This month’s rankings are currently under consideration.