The United Daily News published a report suggesting KMT heavyweight and legislator Wang Jin-pyng was going to make a run for the 2008 KMT presidential nomination. This is especially interesting because it comes probably less than a week before the investigation into KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou's use of his special allowance fund. If Ma is charged, he will step down from his position and all interest will immediately go to Wang again.
Wang has said in response to the article that it's not exactly correct and that he needs to consider what sort of contribution he can make to teh country and what the people need right now. He's also said ne needs to do some self-reflection and self-criticism. In other words, he's confirming his interest in running.
My personal hope is that Wang is another Lee Teng-hui, in the fold to help the KMT lose or to make it walk a path toward localization. If Wang is nominated, expect to see a Presidential debate that's at least 70% in Taiwanese.
On a related note:
DPP needs to rethink its primary poll systemShen Fu-hsiung 沈富雄 / Tuesday, Feb 06, 2007, Page 8
A group of Democratic Progres-sive Party (DPP) legislators has proposed a mechanism to exclude pan-blue respondents from participating in the opinion polls that the party will use to choose candidates in its primaries. Anyone who did not vote for a DPP or Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) candidate in the last presidential, local or legislative election would be disqualified from taking part in the opinion poll.Wang Shih-cheng wants the poll limited to DPP legislators because he's not really interested in knowing how popular he is in the district or what his changes are of winning; he's rabidly anti-Ma and has a hardcore Green following, so he wants to capitalize on that to gaurentee his nomination. See, under the new single member district system, moderates will be favored and extremists marginalized, so Wang is trying to ensure he can at least make it through the primary process and gaurentee a nomination.
This "blue exclusion clause" is being fiercely debated within the party. Some lawmakers are claiming that the proposal is tailor-made for certain legislators.
The proposal's author, Legislator Wang Shih-cheng (
王世堅), isn't backing down. He has threatened to leave the party if it fails to adopt the proposal. ...
The proponents believe that pan-blue voters will distort the DPP's primaries and thus the DPP's nominations. The only case they have cited, however, is my own.
I hope Wang Shih-cheng fails and that Wang Jin-pyng succeeds.