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Sunday, November 30, 2003

THE IRAQI MIRAGE

Still more evidence of Bush's deception...

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

A CAMPAIGN MANAGER AT LAST

Paul Johnson, who ran Graham's ill-fated campaign, finally signed on as campaign manager, seven weeks after Donnie Fowler resigned.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

THE TWO SIDES OF WES CLARK

The NY Times talks about General Clark's shortcomings as a candidate.

"The chasm between how the general speaks about foreign policy and about the bread and butter issues of American life may help explain why General Clark has not been able to maintain the kind of excitement and attention he attracted when he cannonballed into the race two months ago."


PREPPING EDWARDS

Not much to do with Clark, but I really enjoyed this NY Times piece about Edwards and his debate preparations.

Friday, November 21, 2003

CLINTON & CLARK

Edwards wants to replicate his Southern charm, Dean is playing the "governor-from-an-obscure-state-who-was-once-at-2%-in-the-polls" game... but the candidate who's probably the most like Clinton, from a biography standpoint, is Wes Clark.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

CLARK STUFF

PoliticalWire brought my attention on three recent Clark articles: an interview from USA Today, a Boston Globe profile and a review of Clark's Meet the Press appearance over at LA Times.
CLARK WILL TESTIFIY AT MILOSEVIC'S TRIAL

This is probably the best, most original publicity a candidate could get in the pre-primary season.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

NEW HAMPSHIRE STRATEGY

I really think Clark can pull an upset on Gephardt in NH... but only if he gets his act together quickly. Let's not forget all of Clark's potential and his good numbers nationally. Here's a Washington Post article about Clark's team's strategy.

"After weeks of internal chaos, personnel battles and an uneven performance by the candidate himself, Wesley K. Clark's presidential campaign will attempt to regain momentum this week with a massive media buy in New Hampshire and by highlighting its ability to raise money at the rate of about $800,000 a week."

Friday, November 14, 2003

CLARK'S WORRIED TOO

Did anyone see the standard Wes Clark picture Yahoo is using recently in any article about him ? I think the pose says a lot: see it here.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

WE'RE ALL BEGINNING TO WORRY

PoliticalWire has a selection of links to articles about the state of Clark's campaign (the best one being this piece from The Boston Globe). Check it out here.

Some are saying the nominating process is already over... and that Dean got the job. Though my mind says that's probably the truth, my heart still thinks there's some kind of hope out there that Clark could just get some huge boost and Dean would just fall on his face or something like that...

Dean has more money, more powerful endorsements, a better organization, and has his message down after more than a year of stump speeches. Clark is way more electable, has huge charisma (some argue Dean does too but I mostly see him as this small angry guy... not very presidential). I don't know. I just can't get my mind wrapped around candidate Howard Dean... It just doesn't seem to fit.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

BAD MOVE

Well, "bad move" is probably a bit much but I think this position is wrong. And besides, Clark already has more than one foot in the center and doesn't need this...

"Gen. Wesley K. Clark said on Tuesday that he supported a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it illegal to desecrate the American flag by burning or other means, a position that puts him at odds with many constituencies in the Democratic Party and several other candidates for the Democratic nomination for president."

Monday, November 10, 2003

"FOR CLARK" ?

This seems like a rather desperate attempt at bringing the grassroots back into the light (à la Dean): ForClark.com

Sunday, November 09, 2003

GREAT NEWS

The U.S. is doing good in Iraq. An official said so ! I feel really good now since I read that !

Saturday, November 08, 2003

POLLS ARE SO DARN UNDECIDED !

Check out this poll from Quinnipiac University conducted in New York: it shows Lieberman slightly ahead of the pack (surprise number 1). And it also shows all Dems trouncing Bush (okay it's NY but still). Kerry kills W 50-42, next are Lieberman and Gephardt, 49-43, and then Wes Clark and Dean next with a healthy 4 point lead over Shrub.
CLARK (AND OTHERS) WITHDRAW FROM DC PRIMARY

I understand what they're doing here but whoever comes out on top still gets a small boost... Here's the story.
CLARK EXPECTS TO TAKE IN $6M THIS QUARTER

It's a thin line between lowering expectations and creating your own momentum.

Friday, November 07, 2003

CLARK WANTS A NATO FORCE FOR IRAQ

Here's an article on his full plan.
CLARK GETS SC ENDORSEMENT

Clark got endorsed by former South Carolina governor Jim Hodges. As The State says, this gives him a "huge boost" for the SC primary. Clark is running neck-and-neck with Edwards. Both hope to get their vital first win there.
DEAN INCREASES LEADS ALL OVER THE JOINT

This Zogby poll shows Dean gaining just about everywhere. Clark has slipped a little and Gephardt is the tortoise to Kerry's hare. We all know it's gonna come down to Dean vs. Not Dean, but who will "Not Dean" be ?

Thursday, November 06, 2003

FREE THOUGHT DEALT A NEW BLOW IN U.S.

Check out this story about the ban of the term "resistance fighters" about Iraqi insurgents in the L.A. Times. It's strange because the L.A. Times is a serious paper and this kind of thing is unexpected from them.
CLARK WATERS THE GRASSROOTS

This says so much about the flak Clark's team has been getting about ignoring the grassroots. Click here to read the full plea.

We are changing the way elections are won. This campaign started as a grassroots movement. Now we need you to continue what you started. Go to New Hampshire and help propel the Clark movement forward.
PREDICTIONS

Once again Larry Sabato and his Crystal Ball have some interesting predictions concerning the race.
PLANNING THE DEBATES

At least this time Bush isn't bitching about them... Here's the tentative planning of debates for next year (the last one is October 13th, which is three weeks from the election... that seems a bit much).
BAD POLL

This is really strange. According to this Marist poll, Clark would be the top-tier candidate to fare the worst against Bush (36 to 55). Gephardt would be the most competitive, though he would still be trounced (43 to 48). It's amazing to see Clark so low when you think about those huge numbers four or five weeks ago. It's normal to have a post-announcement slump, but there's something different here...

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

CLARK IS GREAT (SERIOUSLY)

Thanks to Ezra Klein over at Not Geniuses for bringing my attention on this. It's from one of Wesley Clark's "Wireside chats":

Q: Brian Loken - Mitchell, SD - Your military experience has served you well, so you'd be much more prepared than others to answer this question What three things would you take with you on a deserted island?

A: General Clark - Brian, well, if this is about survivor, my advice is, don't do it. It is a lot less fun than it looks...But seriously, always keep communications, and water...if you have that, then you can manage almost anything...Maybe a knife would be the third thing.

GEORGE McGOVERN IS STILL ALIVE

I didn't even know that. There's a nice article about him and his views on the campaign over at NY Times.
CBS DITCHES "THE REAGANS"

It just goes to show that with a little bitching from the GOP anything happens... Okay, it's just a (probably uninteresting) tv-movie... but its cancelling just says so much about how dissent and criticism really doesn't have a place in this country.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

BUSH'S RATINGS

This is good news. Meanwhile, good old Matthew Dowd is busy as always trying to lower expectations (which are already pretty low).

Monday, November 03, 2003

ONLINE QUIZ: WHAT'S WRONG WITH CLARK ?

There's one stupid thing that I think his incredibly wrong with the way Wesley Clark is when he speaks. It doesn't sound like much but I think it takes a lot away from his natural charisma... Just look at any of his online appearances for example and you'll probably notice it.

So, have you noticed it too ? If you think you did, e-mail me and tell me what's wrong with the general:
generalclarkforpresident@yahoo.com

The first one who finds it, wins (nothing).
A PORTRAIT OF CLARK

Check out Elizabeth Drew's look at Wesley Clark and where his campaign stands. It's a long and extremely interesting read. Check it out here. And here's an excerpt:

Wesley Clark, for all his fame, is the least known of the major candidates. He is a complex man, intense and often tightly wound. He can also be relaxed and humorous. He is a talented mimic who can mock his own performance in the debates. He is capable of apologizing for the slightest discourtesy without being prompted, a rarity among politicians and part of his considerable charm. He is known to be exceptionally intelligent—he was first in his class at West Point and a Rhodes Scholar—but he is clearly aware that he has a lot to learn in his campaign.
UNBELIEVABLY SCANDALOUS STUFF

This is just the kind of stuff that sends you into a fit ! It comes from a Q&A with Paul Woflowitz at Georgetown friday (thanks to DailyKos for bringing it to my attention). This kind of shit is happening everyday... it's like all the "mission accomplished" controversy... man... :

Q: Hi, Mr. Wolfowitz. My name is Ruthy Coffman. I think I speak for many of us here when I say that your policies are deplorable. They're responsible for the deaths of innocents and the disintegration of American civil liberties. [Applause]
We are tired, Secretary Wolfowitz, of being feared and hated by the world. We are tired of watching Americans and Iraqis die, and international institutions cry out in anger against us. We are simply tired of your policies. We hate them, and we will never stop opposing them. We will never tire or falter in our search for justice. And in the name of this ideal and the ideal of freedom, we assembled a message for you that was taken away from us and that message says that the killing of innocents is not the solution, but rather the problem. Thank you. [Applause and jeers]

Wolfowitz: I have to infer from that that you would be happier if Saddam Hussein were still in power. [Applause]

Q: I'd just like to say that people like Ruthy and myself have always opposed Saddam Hussein, especially when Saddam Hussein was being funded by the United States throughout the '80s. And -- [Applause] And after the killings of the Kurds when the United States increased aid to Iraq. We were there opposing him as well. People like us were there. We are for democracy. And I have a question: what do you plan to do when Bush is defeated in 2004 and you will no longer have the power to push forward the project for New American Century's policy of American military and economic dominance over the people of the world? [Applause]

Wolfowitz: I don't know if it was just Freudian or you intended to say it that way, but you said you opposed Saddam Hussein especially when the United States supported him. It seems to me that the north star of your comment is that you dislike this country and its policies. [Applause]
And it seems to me a time to have supported the United States and to push the United States harder was in 1991 when Saddam Hussein was slaughtering those innocents so viciously.


Sunday, November 02, 2003

NY TIMES TALKS CLARK

Two interesting reads about Clark over at NY Times.com: a look at his new book, Winning Modern War, and a Clark vs. Dean electability analysis. Also, there's a look at the economy and how the candidates are gonna have to deal with it.
STATE OF THE UNION

The Washington Post has an excellent look at the state of the public's opinion on Bush and the general course the country is taking. It really tries to capture what the general feeling is out there, without partisanship or exagerated worries. And don't forget that today, we're precisely one year away from the election of Wesley Clark as President of the United States !
PUBLIC FUNDING

It seems General Clark is thinking about dropping it...
CLARK TALKS IRAQ

Glad to see he's trying to set the record straight...

Saturday, November 01, 2003

CLARK'S LEADING IN SOUTH CAROLINA

He's got 17%. Edwards is next with 10%. As Ezra Klein over at Not Geniuses notes, Clark's national numbers are finally being felt in an important primary state. All the numbers are here.
CLARK'S HEALTH CARE PLAN

Click here to read about it.

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