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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

NUMBER$

Dean appears to be first with 14M$. Clark is second with 10.

Monday, December 29, 2003

STRATEGIES RECAP

The New York Times talks for the umteenth time about Clark's southern gamble.

Kos has a very interesting analysis of the Iowa caucuses intracacies. It stems from this Washington Post piece about Dean. These two paragraphs do a good job of condensing the love/hate relationship most Democrats have with Dean.

"Joe Lockhart, who was White House press secretary in the Clinton administration and who has been critical of Dean, said, "I think it's important for the party as a whole that the process raises the right questions and the candidates give the right answers. The last place you want to be is in the post-nomination [period] when you haven't fielded the best candidate. My point all along is not that he's not the best candidate, but that for whatever reason, it doesn't feel like we've resolved all this."

Democrats nervous about Dean worry that he cannot defeat Bush, but working in Dean's favor so far is the inability of his rivals to demonstrate they have significantly more appeal against the president. The question for his rivals is whether any can ignite the voters enough to damage Dean and put together the support and resources to beat him."


And to continue with what Joe Lockhart has to say, why the fuck did we put the convention in Boston and not in Mentone, Alabama ?

Sunday, December 28, 2003

DEAN IS THE ROAD TO PERDITION

This says it all.

"Some senior strategists on both sides believe the risk to Democrats with white men could increase if the party nominates Howard Dean, whose opposition to the war, liberal positions on social issues and buttoned-down persona create clear contrasts for Bush."

Saturday, December 27, 2003

BECOMING WESLEY CLARK

No real news out there so I figure I'll just link to this classic Washington Post piece about Clark's campaign in NH.

"At a town hall meeting about a month ago, a military veteran told Clark he had served for 12 years and then asked to take a picture with him. Clark nodded politely, took the picture and walked away. A few steps out he spun back, found the guy and said, "Thank you for your service to this country," and took his hand.

"It was like a light bulb went off in his head and he said, 'I get it,' " recalls his state director, Steve Bouchard. "He figured out for himself what he needs to do." "

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

DANGER ON BOTH SIDES

Our future nominee, whoever he'll be, has two major enemies... On the Bush side comes bad news. While on the Nader side... comes good news.

Monday, December 22, 2003

MICHAEL MOORE GETS IT RIGHT (AGAIN)

Moore is truly the voice of reason (Ann Coulter would say "treason")... Just read what he has to say about Saddam (and don't forget to check out the link to that unforgettable Rumsfeld/Hussein pic).

"Stay strong, Democratic candidates. Quit sounding like a bunch of wusses. These bastards sent us to war on a lie, the killing will not stop, the Arab world hates us with a passion, and we will pay for this out of our pockets for years to come. Nothing that happened today (or in the past 9 months) has made us ONE BIT safer in our post-9/11 world. Saddam was never a threat to our national security.

Only our desire to play Dr. Frankenstein dooms us all."




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TAKING BACK THE FLAG
Here's an interesting piece about our favorite antiwar warrior's potential appeal to the American heartland (even if that early "probably" about the congressional resolution supporting Bush's warmongering remains a problem).

THE ANTI-DEAN

Don Conley has some thoughts about who's best positioned to become the infamous un-Dean next month. He says Gephardt.

"And Clark? I don't count him out, but I'm getting a bit frustrated by the General's resume-and-little-more campaign. Clark needs to start engaging on the issues, using his resume to highlight how he can get things done or why he's come to believe what he does. Sure, most generals who have sought the White House have run on resume, but Kosovo wasn't World War II and Clark is no Eisenhower. His campaign needs more and he's running out of time."
WES CLARK IS GONNA GO BERSERK

When asked what would happen if right-wingers questioned Clark's patriotism, he just replied he'd "beat the shit out of them". Okay so now Georgia For Wesley Clark is using those words to raise some cash.

"Do you agree it's time to beat the -- ahem -- 'spit' out of the right wing? Well, show it by donating to our special 'Beat the Spit' fund-raiser! Every dollar raised will be categorized as a 'Beat the Spit' dollar, and will go to the 'Clark for President' campaign"

You can contribute here.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

The Washington Post has a piece about SC and the different strategies.

"Unlike Dean's other rivals, Clark stands to benefit -- in the view of his own operatives and other operatives -- if Dean wins Iowa and New Hampshire. If Gephardt appears irrelevant after losing Iowa, and Kerry is embarrassed in New Hampshire, Clark could be the most appealing alternative -- both for African Americans and for this state's many veterans."

Friday, December 19, 2003

CLARK'S MILOSEVIC TRIAL TRANSCRIPTS

In case you're (very) interested, they're here and here. You'll notice they feature somenone called "Mr Nice" but it ain't Wes Clark...

And in case you're not interested you can still check out the National Journal's Democratic Insiders Poll. Dean is still leading, followed by Gephardt and Clark. Edwards is next while Kerry is fifth.
JUST STUFF

The Boston Globe looks at the Kosovo/Iraq differences as seen through the eyes of Wes Clark. And ABC continues its reports from Clark's campaign trail.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

POLLS...

Clark is leading Dean 34 to 21 in Oklahoma's February 3rd primary. And both men are tied in Arizona and South Carolina. In related news, our friend Wes Clark gets an unusual endorsement.

Monday, December 15, 2003

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WITH SADDAM ?

Kos points this out:

What about weapons of mass destruction? Now we've got the guy in custody, and he's probably beaten and demoralized. Maybe he'll be like Milosevic and stay defiant, but the early pictures don't show a man with the energy to maintain resistance. So he may be inclined to tell the truth about WMD. But is the truth what the Bush administration wants Saddam to tell?

Friday, December 12, 2003

WHERE DOES CLARK STAND ?

The Christian Science Monitor has a basic yet interesting article about Clark. They paint him as the most-likely un-Dean of the pack and expect him to raise 12M$ this quarter.
YET ANOTHER LORD OF THE RINGS ANALOGY

Remember when The Two Towers came out last year and those Republican assholes tried to find some kind of meaning about all the Orc armies wanting to "destroy the world of men", and the only solution was to "go out and fight"... Yeah... remember that ?

Well here's a Rings comparison that I think is much more appropriate (it's from a Metromix piece on Viggo Mortensen):

A frequent critic of the Bush administration, Mortensen said part of what appealed to him about "The Lord of the Rings" was its positive message about integrity in leadership.

"Everyone thinks (Aragorn) is the man for the job, because he has humility, a concern with the consequences of his actions and words on others and an interest in finding common ground with other people. All are qualities which I wish there were more of in real life in our modern-day leaders. There's an unfortunate lack of humility and overabundance of arrogance."

Monday, December 08, 2003

GORE TO ENDORSE DEAN ?

This is just plain wrong.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

SOME PEOPLE DON'T FORGET

The Democratic party Florida convention has featured a bunch of candidates you finally get to hear mention the stealing of the election three years ago. The rhetoric isn't nearly harsh enough but I'm glad some people are talking about it. That scandal basically just got drowned out by 9/11 but I hope that with the next election fast approaching, we'll hear some more voices.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

THAT FAMOUS FEB. 3 STRATEGY

We all know Clark is going for a strong February 3rd showing in states like South Carolina, Arizona or New Mexico. Then the race is supposed to turn into a one-on-one between Dean and the infamous un-Dean. The NY Times doesn't have anything new, but it sums up that Clark/Edwards/Lieberman strategy pretty well.

General Clark, Mr. Lieberman and Mr. Edwards are each counting on placing well enough in the seven Feb. 3 contests to be perceived as the winner that day. After that, their hopes of winning their party's nomination are based on the calculation that Dr. Dean will wither in the glare of a two-person fight, particularly in the South, and that Democrats would recoil at the notion of a relatively inexperienced former governor of Vermont leading the party into battle against this White House.

Meanwhile, Washington decided to cancel its presidential primary, knowing it would probably be meaningless.

Friday, December 05, 2003

BUSH: YOU'RE JUST A MISERABLE FAILURE

Yeah I just wanted to say it, if you see what I mean. Not that I ever had any hopes in him, but hey... Anyway check out this breathtakingly cynical piece of news.

"President Bush's aides are considering a new lunar exploration program and other unifying national goals, including a campaign to promote longevity or fight childhood illness or hunger, as they sift ideas for a fresh agenda for the final year of his term, administration officials said yesterday.

Several government agencies and task forces have been assigned to determine the cost and feasibility of a variety of major ideas, which could cost billions of dollars at a time when the nation is running a substantial budget deficit."

DEAN IS RISING IN SC

Though everyone is in the margin of error, this nonetheless is bad news for Clark, knowing how much he's counting on SC to propel him to a one-on-one with Dean. The results are here.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

POLLS AND THEORIES

General Clark really seems to be pursuing that Feb. 3 offensive. MSNBC is wondering wether he could burst out of the shadows after Iowa and NH and suddenly leave Gephardt and Dean in the dust.

Meanwhile, ol' Kerry is still falling in NH. This American Research Group poll shows Dean at 45%, Kerry at 13 and Clark right behind him with 11. The thing that's not normal, though, is Gephardt at 5 (Lieberman territory).
VEEP MATERIAL

Clark said today he'd consider New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer for different roles in his administration, were he elected president. He'd even consider him as a potential running mate if he managed to beat Dean.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

THE NEW ELECTORAL MAP

The New York Times looks at the new distribution of electoral votes and what it means for both parties (and it doesn't sound good for us).

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