As Obama Considers, The Left Rejoices

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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.

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