CNN is reporting that Richard Gephardt will leave the democratic race. A statement on his web site from his campaign manager leaves the same impression:
A Message from Campaign Manager Steve Murphy
I want to thank each and every one of you for everything you've done for this campaign. We put together an extraordinary campaign operation. It's very clear that the results are not going to be good tonight, that the voters in Iowa have made a different decision.
We are all exceedingly proud of the campaign that Dick has run. We all support Dick's positive vision for the future.
I just want to express our sincere appreciation for everything that you've done. Voters and donors and volunteers responded to Dick's bold and innovative message of bringing health care to each and every American and leading the Democratic Party to recognize the importance of fair trade in this campaign. These messages will continue to resonate with the American public well into the fall elections.
Again, on behalf of Dick Gephardt, thank you for everything that you have done for his candidacy.
Gephardt for President
Gephardt has been a tough leader for the Democrat Party for decades. Being President just wasn’t in the cards for the St. Louis congressman. Liz and I enjoyed going to one of his campaign events last year and hearing him speak. He would have made a great House Speaker. That damn Newt Gingrich!