First, unfortunately this likely means that a “big name” challenger is not going to materialize. Darcy even admits his frustration with this in his announcement. But this announcement is good news for a few reasons. Darcy is by and large the kind of left-wing populist who can challenge Establishmentarian Obama from his left and still articulate points that right-wing populists are (should be) making as well. Also, Darcy has a history of being friendly to third parties. In addition, Darcy was vocal in his opposition to the Korea Trade Deal. Hopefully he will make Obama’s trade treachery a highlight of his campaign, along with the fact that Obama’s foreign policy has been Bush’s third term, both charges the paleo-right will be glad to second.
Good luck Darcy.
As of the last I heard, Obama and Richardson are the only two Democrat candidates who have officially filed paperwork in NH, and I think today is the filing deadline. I’ll look for confirmation of this.
Update II: Actually, there will now be 11 Democrats on the NH ballot. Obviously the others flooded in at the last minute.