Let’s make a list.

Progressives have one ally at this moment, roughly three months before the 2012 presidential campaign begins: Time.

But that said, time’s a-wastin’.

Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president on February 10, 2007. I fully expect that by that same date in 2011 – if not sooner – the GOP noise machine will be in full swing, beating the drum for its challengers. If we progressives are serious about primarying Barack Obama, we must identify potential opponents now, and work over the next three months (or less) to qualify, vet, contact, and draft them.

To begin, we only need a list of names, and this diary is for compiling that list. Subsequent diaries will be put up for thinning the list, for vetting/discussing each prospective candidate, and for building support.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a first: A wholly online, wholly transparent nomination process for a primary challenger to a sitting president.

Let the nominations begin.