Here is an early look at the premature run for president in 2008 already underway.
Sen. John McCain
Plus: He has plenty of money, a prominent name, and experience after running in 2000.
Minus: Will the right wing, suspicious of his maverick manner in the past, turn to him?
Gov. Mitt Romney
Plus: He has appeal as a governor of bright-blue Massachusetts with oratorical flash and good looks.
Minus: Will the GOP turn to a Mormon who has shifted on some social policies?
Plus: The proclaimed hero of 9/11 in New York City who has a gift at the microphone.
Minus: Will a confirmed liberal on social issues get a response from GOP conservatives in the South?
Plus: The author of the Contract With America in the 1994 GOP takeover of the House is a whirling dervish in campaign bluster.
Minus: His personal life has negatives, and many don't really take him seriously.
Sen. Sam Brownback
Plus: A right-wing senator could fill a void when other rivals appear to be center right on most policy matters.
Minus: As a senator unknown outside his home in Kansas, he faces a formidable challenge in the primaries.
Rep. Duncan Hunter
In short, the congressman from California was the first man to announce. But is he kidding anyone?
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Plus: She has the name identification, a bulging campaign treasury, and a huge lead in polls, no matter how meaningless this early.
Minus: Can she win, even if nominated, since she polarizes many voters?
Sen. Barack Obama
Plus: He's already a huge hit on the road, treated as a movie star in New Hampshire earlier this month.
Minus: As a freshman senator, his experience on the national stage is untested and he hasn't faced a real challenge yet.
Plus: He maintains some appeal as one who ran with John Kerry in a failed bid in 2004, but he came out relatively unscathed.
Minus: He is focusing his campaign on the poverty issue, a noble but hardly winning formula.
Plus: The presidential candidate who won the popular vote in 2000 has traction on the environmental issue and some carryover appeal from that controversial loss to Bush.
Minus: He's an old face and may not want to run.
Plus: He's a fresh face who wins elections as governor and senator in the very red state of Indiana.
Minus: He will be running as a confirmed moderate, tough in a primary dominated in many states by liberal activists.
Gov. Tom Vilsack
Plus: The outgoing governor of Iowa, an announced candidate, has an interesting life story.
Minus: Can an unknown duplicate Jimmy Carter in 1976? Most unlikely in 2008.
Others: Joseph Biden, Wesley Clark, and Christopher Dodd may or may not intrude into this crowded field, but they are facing tremendous obstacles.