The first official casualty of the 2008 Presidential campaign came yesterday in the form of Tom Vilsack. Though he’s probably a good man and certainly has many of the qualities we’d like to see in a President he had no real chance to compete. He claims that it’s all about money but I’d like to suggest that realistically, money follows celebrity. Tom Vilsack is not, nor was he likely to become, a celebrity. No chance to get the money. Now to see who will be next to exit.
The following is from Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.
I think it’s a truism at this point that you can have lots of great qualities, you can have name recognition, you can have a good organization, you can have great ideas, if you don’t have the money you don’t have the campaign… Vilsack epitomizes what we’ll be seeing a lot more of in this cycle and that is that here was a good candidate, good ideas, [but] didn’t have the money. He saw the writing on the wall and it said ‘You’re not going to be president,’…