Note these remarks by Al Neuharth in a July 23, 2004, edition of USA Today:
My long-range, long-shot predictions for the top of the Democrat ticket in '08 if Kerry-Edwards lose this year: Hillary Clinton and Tom Daschle (or) Tom Daschle and Hillary Clinton. ... Daschle, longtime Senate minority and majority leader, came within a hairsbreadth of seeking the presidential nomination this year. If he is re-elected again in South Dakota this November--and that's a fairly close call because big Bush bucks are being imported to try to beat him--Daschle likely would find it hard to stay out of an open presidential race in '08.
Neuharth has been promoting "President" Daschle for some time now. Also note how he already decided that if Daschle lost in November it would be because of "big Bush bucks" and not legitimate scrutiny of Daschle's career of double-talk.