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The Rat Race: Elections 2004

U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Long shots, sure things, and all the obstacles in the maze. From The Gully.

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Sunday, April 27, 2003
Gay civil unions find support in Democratic field
Almost all of the Democratic presidential candidates favor allowing gay couples to enter into civil unions, an unprecedented level of agreement on an issue that has caused moral and political discord in communities and state governments.
Boston Globe (US)

Gephardt's cure
With his bold plan for expanded health coverage unveiled on April 23, Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) has launched two great and indispensable debates. (US)

Tax cuts vs. benefits
Why shouldn't the American people favor a proposal like Mr. Gephardt's? Never mind the details; why shouldn't the typical citizen, faced with a choice between Bush-style tax cuts and a plan to provide health insurance to most of the uninsured, choose the latter?
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Health care plan could help redefine Gephardt
Until this week, Rep. Richard A. Gephardt's candidacy for president was defined largely by his failure to lead House Democrats back to the majority in recent elections and his decision to stand unswervingly with President Bush on the war with Iraq.
Washington Post (US)

Dean unleashes attack-dog persona
While the other Democratic presidential contenders have refrained so far from attacking each other, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has made himself the Democrat who grabs voters’ attention by slamming his better-known rivals.

Making a bet
Ethan Geto is in the center of the political ring again. The veteran political insider, who is a longtime gay rights activist, has been named to the helm of the Howard Dean presidential campaign in New York State.
Gay City News (US)

An old-style centrist
Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, is fond of saying he is running for President "from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party" — a direct quote from the late progressive Senator Paul Wellstone.
Common Dreams (US)

On Howard Dean
I’m not the only Vermonter amazed at the emergence of Howard Dean as an anti-war candidate, the Eugene McCarthy of the upcoming presidential campaign.
Common Dreams (US)

Lieberman seeks GOP donations probe
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), a leading Democratic candidate for president, has asked the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether an accused spy may have illegally funneled Chinese government money into Republican coffers in the 1990s.
Washington Post (US)

Deciphering the Democrats' debacle
Why the Republican majority (probably) won't last.
Washington Monthly (US)

Bush's popularity, Davis' woes loosen Democrats' California grip
In any strategy to unseat President Bush in 2004, winning California is imperative. But more than a year out, the political landscape is proving a bit rocky for Democrats.
Associated Press (US)

Sticker shock
Vying Democrats campaigning across 2003 will not be able to tap public funds until next year. The winner is expected to be spent out by early March and the challenger will face a long financing dearth until the next public payment, at the July convention. But President Bush will have plenty of money to sell his message handsomely in all the months leading to his nomination.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Field test
The most depressing place to be on the day Saddam Hussein's statue fell in Baghdad was probably the ballroom of the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C. This was the site of the largest Democratic campaign event to take place during the three-week war with Iraq, a candidate forum hosted by the Children's Defense Fund.
New Republic (US)

Bush may be a write-in on more than one state ballot
The GOP's unusually late nominating convention — it does not begin until Aug. 30 — is the problem. Bush is not scheduled to accept his party's nomination until Sept. 2, 2004. That falls after the deadline for certifying presidential candidates not only in Alabama, but also in California, the District of Columbia and West Virginia.
Washington Post (US)

Far right greases skids for GOP fall
In the past, moderate Republicans saved this radical administration from itself — on tax and budget issues, on military adventures, and on tolerance issues. Now, the radicals want nothing less than total victory. They are inviting electoral defeat.
Boston Globe (US)

Bush will have to choose between Powell and Rumsfeld, Bauer says
A former Republican presidential candidate says that President Bush will soon be forced to decide which one of two "diametrically opposed world views" within his administration he will follow.
Cybercast News Service (US)

Scrutinizing the president
The 43rd president is providing rich fodder for historians, offering a colorful and elusive target for a raft of professors trying to explain how a semi-prepared Texan, armed with simple eloquence and prickly certitude, managed to elevate the office but alienate much of the world after the catastrophe of Sept. 11, 2001.
Washington Post (US)

George W. Bush's résumé
What would a George W. Bush résumé look like exactly?
BuzzFlash (US)

Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Nader in 2004?
It's the most hotly debated question on the American left these days: Will Nader and the Greens do it again in 2004?
Salon (US)

Ballots can keep bullets from flying
Political leaders who want to wage war may be deterred when everyday people register for peace and promise to vote.
Tom (US)

Democrats facing February primaries
The Democratic presidential primary-caucus schedule has gone through a wholesale reordering since the 2000 election, with candidates facing the most diverse and challenging series of early contests in at least two decades.
Washington Post (US)

Bragging writes
The book question is so fraught with peril, candidates have increasingly figured out that they need to game the system.
Washington Monthly (US)

Environmental groups target Bush record
Advocates for everything from clean air to wildlife protection said on Earth Day that the environment remains a major political vulnerability for the Bush administration and a ready tool for Democrats to exploit in next year's presidential election.
Washington Post (US)

Bush re-election campaign out of sight but warming up
The signs of George W. Bush's re-election effort are plentiful in Crawford, Texas, even though his 2004 presidential campaign technically does not exist.
Chicago Tribune (US)

Bush's aides plan late campaign sprint
President Bush's advisers have drafted a re-election strategy built around staging the latest nominating convention in the party's history, allowing Mr. Bush to begin his formal campaign near the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and to enhance his fund-raising advantage.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Son seeks tax cuts to avoid father's fate
President Bush is trying to salvage some of the multibillion-dollar tax cuts that the White House regards as critical to his hopes of re-election.
The Times (UK)

No Bush on Alabama ballot? GOP tries to fix it
Unless Alabama's election law is changed, President Bush could be left off the state's presidential election ballot in 2004.
Times Daily (US)

Bush asks former Illinois governor to consider Senate run
The White House said that President Bush had telephoned former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar and urged him to run for the U.S. Senate next year, and Edgar said he was seriously considering the request.
Chicago Tribune (US)

GOP moderates, conservatives wage ad campaign battle
Rival Republican groups begin funding ads that either attack or defend GOP moderates who opposed President Bush's proposed tax cuts.
Associated Press (US)

Hawks, doves and Democrats
With Saddam Hussein either dead or in hiding and a triumphant White House fixing its gaze on Syria, some Democratic presidential hopefuls have started to recalibrate their messages. These days, it seems almost everyone is a hawk.
Mother Jones (US)

Dean: It's not just the Bush doctrine that's wrong
When Congress approved the President’s authorization to go to war in Iraq — no matter how well-intentioned — it was giving the green light to the President to set his doctrine of preemptive war in motion. It now appears that Iraq was just the first step.
Common Dreams (US)

It's Graham's turn for GOP e-mail slam
The Republican National Committee has launched an attack e-mail on each Democratic presidential candidate as he or she lifted his or her head above the battlements. This time, it was U.S. Sen. Bob Graham's turn.
Miami Herald (US)

Graham works on campaign skills
"I felt rusty on the first day because I haven't done this for a while," said Bob Graham, who has not had a serious campaign since his election to the U.S. Senate in 1986.
Palm Beach Post (US)

A dark horse fights the odds again
When Dennis J. Kucinich was the enfant terrible of Cleveland politics back in the 1970's and at 31 became the youngest person ever elected mayor of a major American city, it was not far-fetched to think that he would someday be a presidential contender.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Sharpton acknowledges his candidacy
Al Sharpton, under fire for failing to file a quarterly campaign finance report, acknowledged that he is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, and said he will file a detailed fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission.
Washington Post (US)

Gephardt boldly tests the waters of universal health insurance
Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) is unveiling an idea that could make or break his presidential campaign.
Los Angeles Times (US)

Fair to say
Gephardt says he'll pay for his universal health insurance tax credit by repealing most of the Bush tax cuts.
New Republic (US)

Edwards returns law firm's donations
The presidential campaign of Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) announced it will return $10,000 to employees of a Little Rock law firm after a law clerk said she expected her boss to reimburse her for a $2,000 donation.
Washington Post (US)

Democrat Edwards says respect will win back Southern votes
"'Respect' is the word, you know," he says finally. "That's what Southerners want. That's what the South wants. Respect. For me, it's all about respect, giving everyone the respect they deserve."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (US)

Touché! Kerry fires back at Bush camp
Responding to a taunt by the White House that he ``looks French,'' U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry brushed off the political insult - saying it's part of an expected barrage of Republican attacks on his character.
Boston Herald (US)

New debate on judge 'litmus tests'
Senator John Kerry's promise that he would appoint only judges who support abortion rights has triggered a new debate about the role of so-called litmus tests in judicial nominations.
Boston Globe (US)

Washington wrap
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., tells the Boston Globe that he might consider tapping into his wife's fortune to compensate for the possibility of a $200 million fundraising juggernaut by President Bush.
CBS News (US)

Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Regime changers
Mini-profiles of the Democratic presidential candidates' niche and message.
Slate (US)

Democrats view president as vulnerable on the economy
From the presidential trail to the halls of Congress, Democrats have already decided that Bush's military success in the Iraq war will not translate into political strength at home. They are ready to attack the administration's economic record and fight against Bush's tax-cut proposal in Congress. Boston Globe (US)

Looking at postwar Bush, Democrats are gloomy about 2004
The swift fall of Baghdad has complicated what many Democrats had already viewed as the difficult task of unseating President Bush and winning back Congress next year, party leaders say.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Democratic candidates divided over next steps in Middle East
The United States' next steps in rebuilding Iraq and combating global terrorism have sparked another disagreement among the Democrats running for president and produced a hawkish warning to Syria from one of the candidates who opposed President Bush's decision to go to war.
Washington Post (US)

Syria divides Democratic candidates
Now that Saddam Hussein has been removed from power in Iraq, a new military issue is dividing Democrats running for president, how to deal with Syria.
Associated Press (US)

Howard Dean's rockstar welcome
“I think the president needs to get a new surgeon general who can educate him about the birds and the bees because you can’t stop HIV and AIDS without condoms,” Dean tells a forum held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.
Gay City News (US)

The media's favorite long shot
Howard Dean is having a fine time. The national press has anointed him the "freshest fresh face" of the Democratic Party.
Editor & Publisher (US)

Dean makes his pitch
"We have been so cowed by the president's popularity rating and right-wing talk show hosts and fundamentalist preachers that we have lost our voice," Howard Dean says.
Associated Press (US)

Party people
A presidential cattle call sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund made one thing clear: Dean is the candidate creating the framework the others have to respond to. And he is going to give the money men a run for it.
American Prospect (US)

Kerry tries to motivate S.C. Democratic party
Presidential candidate John Kerry attempted to light a fire under a lethargic Democratic Party that he said had gotten lazy the past few years.
The State (US)

Kerry leads Democratic hopefuls in funds raised
Of all the Democratic presidential primary contestants, Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) has by far the most money in the bank, $8.1 million, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Washington Post (US)

Defections set Edwards’ hopes back
Despite his impressive fundraising performance, the presidential campaign of Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) has suffered a rash of defections to rival candidates and lost key endorsements in recent weeks.
The Hill (US)

Gephardt wants to scrap income tax cuts
Democratic Rep. Dick Gephardt said that if elected president, he would move to scrap President Bush's reduction of income tax rates in favor of a tax credit to help businesses pay for health care.
Salon (US)

Lieberman signs up Clinton admaker
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) hit the national stage with the help of former vice president Al Gore, but he has turned to veteran consultants from the Clinton family political team for help in getting to the White House.
Washington Post (US)

Kucinich sees regime collapse bolstering anti-war case
Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich said the collapse of resistance in Iraq and the potential of a relatively quick end to the war bolsters his hard-line opposition to the conflict.
Associated Press (US)

From sideshow to big tent
A campaign plan for making Al Sharpton matter.
Village Voice (US)

Sharpton, Moseley-Braun create X-factor in Dem race
Whether they find success or not, black presidential hopefuls Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley-Braun are expected to pose major problems for the so-called "top tier" Democratic candidates who may be forced left rather than moving to the politically expedient center. (US)

Sharpton misses minority journalists forum
Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton missed a scheduled appearance with young minority journalists under puzzling and yet-to-be-explained circumstances.
Washington Post (US)

Republicans go after the Jewish vote (again)
A number of factors have changed since September 11 to create a situation where even Democrats acknowledge that a portion of Jewish support is unusually up for grabs.
American Prospect (US)

Fitzgerald won't seek re-election
Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.), the most vulnerable incumbent senator up for re-election in 2004 of either party, announced that he will not seek a second term.
Chicago Sun-Times (US)

Beyond Bush
Let me get to my point right away: We must do everything we can to unseat George W. Bush and his congressional supporters in next year’s election.
Utne (US)

The co-presidency
If Karl Rove did not exist, George W. Bush would not be president of the United States.
American Prospect (US)

The enforcer
No previous presidential aide has had the power and influence that Karl Rove has in the White House of George W. Bush.
New York Review of Books (US)

Bush aide predicts close '04 race
The economy and the lingering threat of international terrorism will be the central issues in the 2004 presidential election, President Bush's senior political adviser says.
Washington Post (US)

Bush in gear to quickly shift from war to re-election mode
When war ends in Iraq, President Bush will quickly shift focus to his 2004 re-election campaign and the issue that kept his father from winning a second term: a weak economy. The money, message and much of Bush's political machine are already in place.
Associated Press (US)

Like father, like son?
History does not make a habit of exactly repeating itself. But in the Bush family it has a damn good try. George Bush has, so far, loyally trodden in his father's footsteps.
Economist (UK)

Friday, April 11, 2003
Bowling for Kennebunkport
Politics abhors a vacuum. Entertainers love center stage. And so it was only too predictable that once the Democratic party's marquee names proved M.I.A. during the White House march to war, show business's stars would answer the call, whether anyone wanted them to or not.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Lightning twice
George W. Bush's presidency is looking a lot like his father's. The same people serve in his administration, another economic downturn has hit American workers and Iraq is again the target of a U.S. military campaign.
American Prospect (US)

Democrats take potshots at Bush
The field of nine Democratic presidential candidates shared a stage for the first time as the party moved to shelve its internal discord on the war in Iraq and begin challenging President Bush on his domestic agenda.
Chicago Tribune (US)

Democratic hopefuls hit Bush on economy
Democratic presidential candidates hammered President Bush on the economy and mounting job losses in an attempt to pull the country's focus back to domestic issues and away from the war in Iraq.
Washington Times (US)

Hopefuls pledge aid to workers
Democratic presidential contenders publicly courted labor leaders, delivering harsh critiques of President Bush and pledging support for domestic policies friendly to workers.
Boston Globe (US)

Graham names children top priority
Making his first appearance as a presidential candidate, Sen. Bob Graham said his primary goal would be to provide a safer, better America for today's children.
Palm Beach Post (US)

Democratic hopefuls split on war in Iraq
On a day when television networks were airing scenes of celebration in downtown Baghdad, the Democratic presidential candidates sharply disagreed with one another over the wisdom of President Bush's decision to launch the war.
Washington Post (US)

The candidate shouting to be heard about peace
Dennis Kucinich believes that his message is being drowned out. His presidential campaign is not receiving enough attention. The media isn't covering him enough and has thus missed the groundswell for peace — and for his candidacy.
Washington Post (US)

Democratic candidates tout war support
It wasn't as bold as "I told you so," but the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime gave the Democratic presidential candidates who back the war a chance to tout their records.
Associated Press (US)

Democrats remain divided on Iraq war
As Iraqis embraced Americans as liberators on the streets of Baghdad, the nine candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination aired their differences over the war.
Associated Press (US)

Thursday, April 10, 2003
Democratic race altered by Iraq war
With the fall of Baghdad, the race for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination has been fundamentally changed.

Dem presidential hopefuls facing one less divisive issue
Democrats have been divided over the Iraq war. This split has been reflected among the party's 2004 presidential candidates, a reason a front-runner has yet to emerge from the nine-person field.
Chicago Sun-Times (US)

War highlights rifts among Democrats
The war in Iraq has divided and largely silenced the Democrats, leaving many of their leaders as bystanders to the conflict and their presidential candidates contending with a resurgent antiwar constituency that could drive the party farther to the left.
Washington Post (US)

Picking a challenger
Welcome to the 2004 presidential race. It'll be over — except for the voting, of course — before 2004 even begins.
WorkingForChange (US)

The last refuge
If Marc Racicot and the Republicans are allowed to set the ground rules, nobody will be allowed to criticize the president or call for his electoral defeat. You know what? If that happens, we will have lost the war, whatever happens on the battlefield.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Sunday, April 06, 2003
War shows rifts among Democrats
The war in Iraq has divided and largely silenced the Democrats, leaving many of their leaders as bystanders to the conflict and their presidential candidates contending with a resurgent antiwar constituency.
Washington Post (US)

The next battle
Bush, after finishing with Saddam, will have his hands full at home. (US)

For Bush, time to fix the economy is running out
The Labor Department's latest report says that the U.S. economy shed 108,000 jobs in March and underscores an emerging threat to President Bush's reelection prospects: He is running out of time to restore jobs and economic growth.
Washington Post (US)

Kerry lashes back at Republicans
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry lashed out at top congressional Republicans after they assailed him for saying the United States, like Iraq, needs a regime change.
Associated Press (US)

Thursday, April 03, 2003
Kerry issues call for US regime change
Sen. John F. Kerry says President Bush committed a ''breach of trust'' with United Nations members by going to war with Iraq and created a diplomatic chasm that will not be bridged as long as Bush remains in office.
Boston Globe (US)

Kerry's 'regime change' comments draw Foxfire
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry may be rousing prospective voters, but he has also triggered rebuke after calling for "regime change" in the United States. (US)

Why won't anyone listen to Gary Hart?
The former, and possibly future, presidential candidate claims he pushed a resolution that could have kept the U.S. out of war but Democratic leaders didn't want to hear it.
Salon (US)

Edwards keeps his options open
John Edwards' presidential aspirations are competing with an equally pressing task of shoring up political support back home.
Newsday (US)

Back on the trail
This time around, Joe Lieberman is running against Saddam Hussein.
Washington Post (US)

The short, unhappy life of campaign finance reform
Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold needed seven years to nurse their campaign finance reform bill through a Congress. Opponents needed three hours to start strangling it.
Mother Jones (US)

Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Edwards shades Kerry on money raising
Sen. John F. Kerry was widely expected to lead the Democratic presidential race for campaign money, but reported raising $7 million through March, or about $400,000 less than the sum collected by Sen. John Edwards.
Washington Post (US)

Don't mention the war
"Nobody asked me about it," said Howard Dean at a gathering of of wealthy liberals on the Upper West Side of Manhattan — "ground zero of anti-war sentiment" — where he hardly mentioned the war at all.
Salon (US)

Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Carefully, Democrats press on for presidency
Politicking — from raising money to delivering speeches to raising money — continues as the nation goes to war.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Rush Limbaugh endorses Al Sharpton
The radio mouth hopes his support will even the field as the DNC tries to keep Sharpton down. (US)

Dean energizes meeting
Dr. Howard Dean prescribes a dose of liberalism as a cure for Democratic doldrums.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (US)

Interview: Dennis Kucinich
A lefty, longshot's open, vociferous opposition to the war with Iraq has given his campaign an early infusion of viability.
Salon (US)

John Edwards: Just a regular guy
Advice for Kerry, Lieberman, and other Democratic aspirants: Take John Edwards seriously.
National Review (US)

The Democratic beauty contest
David Corn lists what the Democratic candidates are coming up short on early in the race.
The Nation (US)

Democrats pin hopes on turnout project
After losses last November, the Democratic Party is trying to level the field of play with Republicans in the battle to turn out voters next year.
Washington Post (US)

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