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Friday, February 13, 2004

IT'S OVER

So Wesley Clark finally called it quits the other day. He did it in a graceful manner I thought, he didn't stay in the race too long and outstay his welcome like Lieberman did.

Wesley Clark brought, IMHO, a big plus to the race and I hope he'll remain one of the Democratic party's most valuable assets.

He started off a bit too late, wasn't quite ready for prime time and often fumbled some of his answers (and didn't move his eyebrows) but he was the candidate who had the most profound and complex vision of the world. He's the one who spoke with the most intelligence about America's role and the importance of its allies, and I think he truly understands how we should move on from here, after what Bush did.

None of the other candidates had such a fine and engaging vision and it's too bad Wesley Clark didn't get a shot at Bush. Some say Clark may end up as Veep or even Secretary of State. I really hope so. It's been fun following his campaign and discovering such an interesting guy, and I hope we get to see him again soon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

"HONOR AND DIGNITY"

Yeah right. Check out this transcript from Scott McClellan's press briefing the other day about Bush's military record:


"Q Scott, a couple of questions I have -- the records that you handed out today, and other records that exist, indicate that the President did not perform any Guard duty during the months of December 1972, February or March of 1973. I'm wondering if you can tell us where he was during that period. And also, how is it that he managed to not make the medical requirements to remain on active flight duty status?

MR. McCLELLAN: John, the records that you're pointing to, these records are the payroll records; they're the point summaries. These records verify that he met the requirements necessary to fulfill his duties. These records --

Q That wasn't my question, Scott.

MR. McCLELLAN: These payroll records --

Q Scott, that wasn't my question, and you know it wasn't my question. Where was he in December of '72, February and March of '73? And why did he not fulfill the medical requirements to remain on active flight duty status?

MR. McCLELLAN: These records -- these records I'm holding here clearly document the President fulfilling his duties in the National Guard. The President was proud of his service. The President --

Q I asked a simple question; how about a simple answer?

MR. McCLELLAN: John, if you'll let me address the question, I'm coming to your answer, and I'd like --

Q Well, if you would address it -- maybe you could.

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry, John. But this is an important issue that some chose to raise in the context of an election year, and the facts are important for people to know. And if you don't want to know the facts, that's fine. But I want to share the facts with you.

Q I do want to know the facts, which is why I keep asking the question. And I'll ask it one more time. Where was he in December of '72, February and March of '73? Why didn't he fulfill the medical requirements to remain on active flight duty status in 1972?

MR. McCLELLAN: The President recalls serving both when he was in Texas and when he was in Alabama. And that is what I can tell you. And we have provided you these documents that show clearly that the President of the United States fulfilled his duties. And that is the reason that he was honorably discharged from the National Guard. The President was proud of his service."


This is just... just... You can read the rest here if you feel like it.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

LOOKS LIKE IT'S OVER

The noon exit polls have Clark a distant third in both Tennessee and Virginia. And Kos is reporting a fundraiser planned in Houston tomorrow has been canceled. This pretty much sounds like the end.

Monday, February 09, 2004

HOW KERRY TURNED THIS THING AROUND

The Boston Globe has a very good article on Kerry's last-chance strategy he enacted five weeks ago... Good stuff.

"It was Dec. 10, the day before John F. Kerry's 60th birthday, and one of the darkest of his presidential campaign.

The polls indicated the onetime front-runner trailed by 25 percentage points in New Hampshire. There was disagreement among Kerry campaign staffers on strategy: Should they tacitly play down his presidential dream and try to salvage Kerry's home-state reputation by campaigning more heavily in neighboring New Hampshire, or bet big and devote more resources to Iowa?""


Sunday, February 08, 2004

LESSONS TO BE LEARNED

The New York Times has a piece about the conventional wisdom of primaries and how it can't be trusted anymore... No, the guy who raised the most money the year before the election doesn't necessarily get the nomination. Same thing for the guy who's leading in the polls on Jan. 1st. And, no, organization isn't all in Iowa.

Read it here.

Other stuff: "President George W. Bush's approval
rating has slipped to 48 percent, the lowest level since February 2001,
according to the Newsweek poll. Fifty percent of registered voters say they
would not like to see Bush re-elected to a second term (45% say they would).
And if the election were held today, Democratic frontrunner Sen. John Kerry
would win over Bush by 50 percent to 45 percent among registered voters."


Check out the rest.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

LET'S FORGET ABOUT BUSH FOR A MOMENT

The Washington Monthly has a big old excerpt from Mark Katz's book Clinton and Me. Katz was Clinton's "humor speechwriter"... Interesting stuff.

MORE "BUSH IS BEATABLE" STUFF

Check out this article about Bush's approval ratings:

"Bush's 47 percent approval rating is the same as his father's at this stage in his presidency 12 years ago before he lost to Bill Clinton"

And my favorite part:

"I think he's run the country into the ground economically, and he comes out with these crazy ideas like going to Mars and going to the moon," said Richard Bidlack, a 78-year-old retiree from Boonton, N.J., who says he voted for Bush in 2000. "I'm so upset at Bush, I'll vote for a chimpanzee before I vote for him."

And, meanwhile, even members of the GOP are bashing Bush.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

BAD NEWS FOR HILLARY: BUSH IS BEATABLE

This kind of thing gives me hope. Read it.

"As the Democratic presidential race enters its closing phase, the party finds itself facing prospects for the fall election that are vastly improved from just two months ago. At the same time, for reasons that are partly related and partly coincidence, President Bush is weaker than his strategists expected, spreading alarm in the White House and Republican circles, GOP sources said."


WHO'S THE BEST POLLER ?

Kos has an interesting post which compares polls from different organizations with final results. You can check it out here. It seems like Zogby has been the most accurate thus far.

Now to money: Clark seems to be running out of it. And the Boston Phoenix has a look at how Dean and Kerry used their money.

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