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President Jim Douglas?

U.S. President James Douglas. It has a national ring to it that one Fair Haven, Vt., high school social studies teacher likes. The teacher has begun a movement to draft Vermont Gov. James Douglas to be a nominee for President of the United States in 2008. No word from the governor yet, a Middlebury, Vt., resident, about the bold idea. Teacher Curtis Hier believes mainstream Americans have grown tired of the politics of polarization on the left as well as the iron fisted dominance of special interest group politics in the nations capital. Its time for a smart, honest, soft-spoken, humble, middle-of-the-road leader to step forward, Hier said. Its time to restore some civility and common sense. Hier said he is serious about getting Douglas name on primary ballots in 2008. It wouldnt be the first time in recent years that a Vermont governor has been mentioned as a presidential possibility. Former governor, now Democratic National Committee chairman, Howard Dean was the frontrunner for the nomination in early 2004. Deans extreme politics and bizarre antics were a turn off to most mainstream voters. Hier said that a revolutionary new system for nominating a president, known as Unity08 g(www.unity08.com) would give someone like Douglas a chance. Unity08 is a movement supported by Dallas Mavericks professional sports team owner Mark Cuban, former Massachusetts governor William Weld, actor Sam Waterston of televisions Law and Order, among others. The organization plans to hold an on-line nominating convention in June 2008 Only 100 paper petition signatures are required to run or to draft a candidate. I dont think the governor will want to accept at first, Hier said. But if it looks like we can hand him a nomination and financial support, who knows? Anyone interested in supporting or finding out more about the Draft Douglas campaign can log onto its Web site at www.draftdouglas.com.

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