Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters writes highly of Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) when it comes to presidential aspirations:
The Democrats have no one else with a resume to match Richardson, with the possible (and extreme) exception of former Vice President Al Gore. The Democrats certainly have no other candidates with Richardson's experience and his certified centrist appeal.
Neither do the Republicans have anyone in their committed field of candidates who can match this resume, either. And that should worry the GOP, if Richardson gets close.
Morrissey's reasoning on display here. Richardson has been a govermor, a congressman, a cabinet secretary, UN ambassador, pro baseball player, etc., etc. And former Reason Web Editor Tim Cavanaugh tagged him as the Democrat candidate back in 2005:
Bill Richardson will be the Democratic candidate for President in 2008. He'll be a good one too: He's a governor, he's not Northeast, he's likable, he'll be acceptable to the left, the moderates and the party hacks, he's folksy, he's even fatter than Bill Clinton was in Old '92, and he's got the "ethnic" wild card. In fact I'll give you two predictions for the price of one: You'll know Bill Richardson is going to be the candidate when he starts referring to himself as Bill "Perez" Richardson or Bill "Big Cloud" Richardson.