Yesterday, the National Journal's Chuck Todd released his list of the top five candidates for each party in the race for the White House in 2008.
Sen. John McCain
Sen. George Allen
Gov. Mitt Romney
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Sen. Hillary Clinton
Sen. Evan Bayh
Gov. Bill Richardson
I'm surprised that Romney and Edwards are ranked as high as they are. Romney has a low name recognition level, will have a hard time fundraising, and isn't a very good public speaker. Edwards was a disastor as a candidate for Vice President, failing to deliver one southern state and coming across as a light-weight in his debate with Dick Cheney.
Todd seems to think that the "grassroots" and "netroots" left will have a hard choice between Edwards (who is moving to the left) and Russ Feingold (who has been very popular amongst that group ever since he was the lone senator to vote against the Patriot Act). Feingold however is listed in "The Rest" group, which follows the top five.
Todd is right, in my opinion, about the top two candidates for each party. McCain is very popular amongst moderates of both parties, while Allen is the darling of the conservative wing of the Repulican party. Hillary has got to be considered the frontrunner on the Democratic side, at least for now, which leaves Warner, Bayh, and Richardson to fight over the winning "I'm electable" campaign, as Todd puts it. Warner has the most press at the current moment, because he, as Todd puts it, "is still basking in the afterglow of Tim Kaine's victory." Still, as Todd's headline reminds us there are over 970 days to go...