Sen. Russ Feingold will not seek his party's presidential nomination in 2008, the Wisconsin Democrat told the Journal Sentinel on Saturday.As the oversight begins, and facts are documented, Feingold's inspired opposition to the Warrantless Wiretapping Program, the Patriot Act and the Iraq War will be confirmed as justified. This could well change the forces behind him and propel him on. All the same, I respect his realism based on the current state of debate.
"I never got to that point where I'd rather be running around the country, running for president, than being a senator from Wisconsin," Feingold said in a phone interview from Madison.
Feingold, 53, conceded that he faced long odds of winning the nomination.
"It would have required the craziest combination of things in the history of American politics to make it work," he said.
But Feingold said waging an underdog campaign appealed to him. What didn't appeal to him, he said, was "the way in which this effort would dismantle both my professional life (in the Senate) and my personal life. I'm very happy right now."
Feingold had been publicly weighing a presidential bid since early 2005, forming a political action committee, traveling to key states such as New Hampshire and Iowa, and cultivating a more national constituency as an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq war, the Patriot Act and other Bush administration policies.
Feingold Wont Run
This is disappointing some people I know today.