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Not bad…by comparison

I have to say, having watched the Democrats on Sunday and now the Republicans tonight, I feel a lot better about the 08 election than I did just a week ago. The political winds are blowing against the GOP, to be sure, but the Democrats really have an extraordinarily weak field of leading candidates, and the Republicans seem to have an unusually strong one. If, come the real primary season early next year, Republicans are looking at Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, and Mitt Romney and the Democrats are looking at Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, who would you rather be?

We shouldn’t underestimate Hillary, to be sure. But none of the Democrats’ likely top three seems like a President. The likely top three Republicans all do.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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