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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

WHERE DOES CLARK STAND IN SOUTH CAROLINA ?

There's a new poll out that confirms Edwards is leading in South Carolina with 16%. Clark and Lieberman are tied at second with 7%. That's basically the same thing the poll Edwards' team released last week said. But the real question is, by the time they get to South Carolina, is it going to make any difference ?
POLL CONFIRMS CLARK THIRD IN NH

Dean leads with 26, followed by his nemesis Kerry at 17 and Wes Clark is third with 10%. All the other data is here. As the article says, it confirms a Zogby poll conducted a couple of days earlier that showed Clark third at 10% with the Dean/Kerry duo leading with a 10% gap between them.
CLARK HAS HIS BLOG

The official Clark site opened a blog three days ago cleverly named "Generally Speaking". It's here.

Monday, September 29, 2003

CLARK VS. KERRY VS. DEAN RELOADED

Ezra Klein over at Not Geniuses has an interesting look at the frontrunners and who he wants to support and why. I agree with most of what he has to say. Here's an excerpt (the full post is here):

Enter Clark. A Rhode Scholar with degrees in philosophy and economics, he's like Kerry but possesses the ability to connect. His speeches and past work show a fully realized view on America in relation to the rest of the world, his vision is in the area most important at this juncture in our history. As our world becomes more and more interconnected, we need leaders who have specialized in that. Clinton wasn't bad, but the early part of his term was characterized by an utter lack of vision as to our role in the world and that was a problem. Dean has decent ideas, but I don't get the feeling that it's something he thinks much about. Clark really does see it as crucial, and he works it into his speeches along with rhetoric promoting, like Kerry, sacrifice, service, and a higher purpose. As I see it, Clark is a leader while Dean is a manager. And I happen to prefer a leader. Further, Clark is supremely electable in a way Dean isn't -- that much seems obvious.
"AMERICA'S QUASI-IMPERIAL VISION"

General Clark has a new book out entitled "Winning Modern Wars". The timing of its release is shameless, but at least it will help define Clark's views (though not on domestic policies where he needs it the most). There's a summary over here.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

KERRY VS. CLARK VS. DEAN

There's a good article over at Washington Post.com about Clark's impact on the race. It notes that a lot of Clark's supporters, such as myself, are disappointed by Kerry. If you look at it, Kerry had just about everything you could want (except he's from Massachusetts). But all that business about the war, the infamous "waffling" and all took a terrible toll on him. And Clark's there to fill in the blanks.
THE WES WING

The Washington Post has a totally vain, but pleasant, article about what happens behind the scene prior to the debate. Read it here.

Saturday, September 27, 2003

CLARK ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

It seems Clark is starting to focus on New Hampshire. The NY Times has a good article about his campaigning style. Not much but still interesting to see how he fares on the campaign trail.

Friday, September 26, 2003

POLLS... POLLS...

All these polls are just making my head spin. Take a look at this one. I think all this up and down just goes to show that everything is still up in the air and not much is gonna start getting decided for a couple more weeks. The September 30th deadline is gonna shake things up a bit, stretching the pack a little bit, helping to show who's on top and who isn't... but that's about it.
CLARK'S PAST REMARKS

There's been some noise about some past remarks by General Clark concerning Bush's foreign policy team. Cat adresses them in this article and I think he makes a good point.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

THE DEBATE

Looking trough the first reports about the debate I'm surprised to see there was practically no Clark bashing. It was reasonable to expect a little more since it's obvious he stole a little bit of everybody's thunder. Let's see what tomorrow's pundits have to say.
NEW HAMPSHIRE LOOKS GOOD

The results of a poll conducted by Marist College show Clark third in New Hampshire. Dean is first with 35%, Kerry comes in next with 22 and Clark is at 11. All others are in single digits.

Okay... third means what it means: third. But Clark is not from the area (as opposed to Dean & Kerry) and hasn't been campaigning there yet. So it looks good.
GRASSROOTS VS. LAWNMOWER

What the hell is going on here ? Go read this article over at Kos and help me understand !

Clark's candidacy would be off to a wonderful start if there wasn't all this bickering. All the General's men have to understand what is making the success of Howard Dean: a strong, organized grassroots effort. If the guys who drafted Wesley into the race are getting pissed off, there's something really wrong going on here.
BUSH DOES IT AGAIN

Get ready to be scandalized. This is from Reuters:

"President Bush's anti-abortion policy has forced family planning clinics in poor countries to close, leaving some communities without any healthcare, according to a report issued Wednesday. Even faith-based clinics that promote abstinence -- in line with White House policy -- have had to close, according to organizers. Under the policy, known as the Mexico City rule by supporters and the Global Gag rule by opponents, foreign family planning agencies cannot receive U.S. funds if they provide abortion services or lobby to make or keep abortion legal in their own country."

Meanwhile, General Clark is gearing up for today's debate. His advisers acknowledge he's going in there with "a pretty big target on his back". Let's hope he does well and manages to silence his critics.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

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