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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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Saturday, June 21, 2003
John Edwards calls Bush a crook-coddling pinko
A few days ago, John Edwards delivered the most audacious speech of the 2004 presidential season.
Slate (US)

Bush launches drive to raise $200 million
President Bush kicked off the largest political fundraising drive in history, previewing campaign themes for lobbyists, chief executives and upper-crust Republican faithful who paid $2,000 apiece to throng the ballroom of a Washington hotel.
Washington Post (US)

Let the people speak early PAC, the progressive online political organization, has turned the political system on its head by rapidly launching an online grassroots political primary long before the political establishment has weighed in on the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.
AlterNet (US)

Register for the MoveOn primary
The PAC Primary will allow hundreds of thousands of voters to speak out now, adding their weight to the campaigns of their choice. Voting in the PAC primary starts Tuesday, June 24, and will last 48 hours. (US)

Candidate interviews
Answers to seven questions that were among the most popular of over 1,800 posted and rated by MoveOn members on a MoveOn ActionForum.
MoveOn (US)

2004 Democratic presidential candidate sites
Click on this table to see specific features on the analyzed sites. Click on the candidates' name to visit the front page of each site. (US)

Democratic rivals' missed target: economy
President Bush's economic record should present an attractive target for the Democratic presidential candidates. Instead, it has become another source of division, disagreement and, so far at least, a missed opportunity to change public opinion.
Washington Post (US)

3 candidates and Clintons in same realm of wealth as Bush
Three of the four Senate Democrats who are seeking their party's presidential nomination are millionaires in the same league of personal wealth as President Bush, financial disclosure statements show.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Keep your eyes on the prize
Don't sink too much of your time, energy and money into primary fights. Remember that the real fight begins next spring. It will take everything you have.
The American Prospect (US)

Teaming up now makes good sense for Democrats
With Edwards' cash and Kerry's cachet, the most formidable pairing might be Kerry-Edwards.
Charlotte Observer (US)

Kerry leads Dean in N.H., poll says
Presidential candidate John Kerry has opened a 10-point lead over rival Howard Dean in a poll of likely voters in New Hampshire's Democratic primary, according to a survey.
Associated Press (US)

New Flap Between Dean and Kerry
Howard Dean’s presidential campaign is taking full advantage of a quote that disparaged the gay and lesbian community made in a conservative magazine by an anonymous staffer in Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign.
Gay City News (US)

Former Bush terror aide joins Kerry
Rand Beers's resignation surprised Washington, but what he did next was even more astounding. Eight weeks after leaving the Bush White House, he volunteered as national security adviser for Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), a Democratic candidate for president, in a campaign to oust his former boss. All of which points to a question: What does this intelligence insider know?
Washington Post (US)

John F. Kerry: Candidate in the making
A weeklong examination of the life and record of Senator John F. Kerry, whose political roots in Massachusetts go back to the early 1970s and who is now vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Boston Globe (US)

Kerry will fight for pro-choice court
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said that he is prepared to block any Supreme Court nominee who would not uphold the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Associated Press (US)

Ben & Jerry's founder endorses Kucinich for president
Ben Cohen, who along with Jerry Greenfield founded Ben & Jerry's Homemade ice cream in Burlington, Vt., said that he's supporting Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich for president.
NewsNet5 (US)

The skeletons and suits in Sharpton's closet
With the threat of a defamation lawsuit against an obscure GOP state representative from Michigan, the Rev. Al Sharpton officially gave the political and media worlds notice: if you intend to write negative things about the activist and fledgling Democratic presidential candidate, you had better be certain that you have your facts straight. But it’s unclear whether Sharpton's team has as firm a hold on the ugly realities of his past as their threat would seem to indicate.
Salon (US)

Moseley Braun campaigns against Sharpton–and everyone else
Carol Moseley Braun denies that she entered the presidential campaign to take away votes from Al Sharpton, the only other African-American presidential candidate running on the Democratic ticket. (US)

Braun scales back presidential campaign to Chicago office
Carol Moseley Braun is consolidating her presidential campaign in her home town of Chicago as she struggles to raise money, but her spokesman said she is committed to staying in the Democratic primary race.
Washington Post (US)

Centrist in debt to JFK
Throughout his career Lieberman has displayed a keen instinct for what will work, and the central message of his campaign for president is that he not only knows how to beat Bush, but also is the only Democrat who can do it.
Washington Post (US)

Personal politicking
More than any other candidate, Gephardt's campaign narrative is an amalgam of his family's experiences and, often, its trials.
Washington Post (US)

Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Gephardt's daughter campaigns, and gay activists hail a victory
Chrissy Gephardt is about to make political history. Leaving her job as a social worker, she is joining her father's campaign –– the first openly gay child of a major presidential contender to stump as an ambassador to the gay community.
Boston Globe (US)

Should Democrats get mad –– or get even?
The very mention of George W. Bush's name sends progressives into paroxysms of rage. But political veterans warn that anger has to be channeled into a winning campaign.
Salon (US)

A modest proposal
Rather than engaging in the quadrennial charade of spending time, money and energy on a flawed "progressive," ego-trip candidacy that will leave no institutional residue behind, lefties should pump those resources into the tough, long-term organizing job of creating a grassroots-supported structure to reverse what the late Paul Wellstone used to call "the hostile takeover of the Democratic Party" by opportunists in thrall to Corporate America. (US)

Bill Moyers's presidential address
Democratic presidential candidates were handed a dream audience of 1,000 "ready-for-action" labor, civil rights, peace and economic justice campaigners at the Take Back America conference organized in Washington last week. But it was a non-candidate who won the hearts and minds of the crowd with a "Cross of Gold" speech for the 21st century.
The Nation (US)

Acceptance of America's future
Bill Moyers: This is your story –– the progressive story of America.
AlterNet (US)

Picnicking populists
The alleged misrepresentation of U.S. intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction is catching fire on the Democratic campaign trail.
Slate (US)

Democrats see plus in Iraq weapon hunt
As the search for weapons of mass destruction continues in Iraq, some Democratic presidential hopefuls believe the hunt has already turned up something of value: an issue to use against President Bush.
Los Angeles Times (US)

Split affects drive against Bush
A bitter split within organized labor over control of $20 million earmarked for mobilizing voters is threatening to fracture a broader effort by liberal groups to ally themselves against President Bush's reelection bid in 2004.
Washington Post (US)

High cost of inaction on health care
The clearest dynamic to emerge from the opening stage of the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination is the rise of health care as the defining issue in the contest.
Washington Post (US)

It couldn't be verse
It's risky in politics, showing your feminine side, even for a woman.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

ABBA cadabra
Looking over the crop of Democratic presidential candidates, I feel like a recent divorcee going to her first singles party. There they are, a mob of shuffling, hopeful guys. There is no love at first sight. I sigh, thinking of young I was, how bright our future seemed.
AlterNet (US)

"We don't need a second Republican Party"
Kerry and Dean rouse the Democratic Party's left wing at a "Take Back America" conference –– but Kucinich's Bush roasting gets the biggest cheers.
Salon (US)

Meet Howard Dean
They were so far uncommitted to any candidate, but judging from their remarks they were primed for the message Howard Dean.
In These Times (US)

Dr. No and the yes men
If Dean's campaign feels as if it's only about sending an angry message, he has a problem. If the other Democrats can't hear the anger, so do they.
New York Times Magazine (registr. req'd)

Howard Dean steps up on Newark
Three weeks into a tragic story about the hate murder of a 15-year-old African American lesbian murdered in a hate attack on the streets of Newark –– a crime that has galvanized LGBT youth there, but received scant attention in the mainstream press here in New York or nationwide –– at least one contender for the Democratic presidential nomination has jumped in to express his outrage and offer his aid.
Gay City News (US)

Kerry can't use wife's fortune in presidential race, aides say
Campaign experts said the decision should erase any perception, particularly among donors, that the multimillion-dollar investment holdings of Mr. Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, makes him a more attractive Democratic rival to President Bush.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Edwards turns new money rules to his advantage
The success is an early signal of how the new campaign finance law could greatly increase the amount of money raised by presidential candidates and continue the influence of wealthy special interests like trial lawyers.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Running on the story of his life
John Edwards says that he feels "an enormous personal responsibility" to provide voters an alternative to President Bush in 2004.
Washington Post (US)

Gephardt, on schedule
The political market is working. the democrat who would be the most formidable candidate against President Bush, and who is the most plausible president in the Democratic field, is thriving.
Newsweek (US)

Lieberman presses Texas Democrat issue
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is pressuring the Bush administration on whether any White House official contacted federal agencies to track down missing Texas Democrats.
Associated Press (US)

Bush trying to hide 9/11 information, Graham says
U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, looking for traction in a crowded Democratic presidential field, accused the Bush administration of overzealous editing of the public version of a report on the causes of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Miami Herald (US)

Kucinich reloaded
To say Kucinich hopes for a miracle is an understatement. Positioned squarely at the bottom of a field of nine Democratic candidates for the party’s nomination, many wonder what reason he could have for doing it. As it turns out, there is a reason.
Sacramento News & Review (US)

Kucinich shows his spine
As the myth of the “Spineless Democrat” runs rampant on Capitol Hill, Rep. Dennis Kucinich shows his backbone in a letter to Donald Rumsfeld, demanding full disclosure of the Pvt. Jessica Lynch rescue.
Utne (US)

Kucinich draws crowd, but not media
The notion of the candidacy that gets little national attention but quietly builds significant support at the grass roots came to mind when Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chairman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, swept into Madison.
The Capital Times (US)

Recruiting for Senate races stumbles at start
Two years after a successful effort to round up winning candidates for last year's Senate elections, Republicans are running into some obstacles in recruiting for 2004: a lack of strong contenders in several key states, and too many aspirants in others.
Washington Post (US)

What gay-friendly Republicans?
Rick Santorum's wrath is nothing compared with the impact of right-wing appointments. Bush's judicial agenda could pose the greatest threat to gay rights in a generation.
Village Voice (US)

Poll: Country heading in 'right direction'
Slightly more than half of voters likely to participate in the 2004 presidential election think the country is headed in the right direction, and 66 percent approve of the job President Bush is doing, according to a new poll.

What the left can learn from Bush
Jesse Jackson: Now it's time to assemble a big quilt to protect against the chill of the Bush administration's assault on working and poor people.
Chicago Sun-Times (US)

Bush Rangers seek bonanza at N.Y. corral
Putting him on pace to shatter the fund-raising record he set in 2000, President George W. Bush has lined up commitments for more than $5 million for his re-election campaign at a June 23 event in Manhattan.
New York Observer (US)

In game of expectations, Bush usually wins
With striking clarity, President Bush last week acknowledged an attribute his opponents have long assigned him. "I am the master of low expectations," he said.
Washington Post (US)

Is lying about the reason for war an impeachable offense?
Presidential statements, particularly on matters of national security, are held to an expectation of the highest standard of truthfulness.
FindLaw's Legal Commentary (US)

'Potential WMD blow' for Bush
A full-scale Congressional inquiry on the use and possible abuse of intelligence information on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq could mightily embarrass the administration.

Can Bush be toppled?
"Yes, but..." says a panel of political fortunetellers including Robert Dallek, John Fund, Sherman Alexie, Donna Brazile and Pat Caddell.
Salon (US)

Sunday, June 01, 2003
America goes backward
Less than two and a half years after it came to power, the Bush administration, elected by fewer than half of the voters, has an impressive but depressing record.
New York Review of Books (US)

The vision thing
What's surprising and encouraging is that the early leader in this contest seems to be a dark horse known as Substance. Despite the fog and froth, some candidates are enunciating real ideas — big ideas — and compelling their rivals to respond.
The Nation (US)

Bill Clinton still casts a long shadow
He may not be able to seek another presidential term himself. But increasingly, it seems, Bill Clinton is becoming a force in the 2004 campaign.
Christian Science Monitor (US)

Weimar whiners
Much of the left seems to feel that the greatest threat to emerge from 9/11 is an untrammeled Bush administration — as if the destruction of the twin towers was the functional equivalent of the Reichstag fire.
New York Times Magazine (registr. req'd)

Vocal gay Republicans upsetting conservatives
The emergence of gays as a more vocal presence in Republican politics is angering some leaders of conservative groups. In recent weeks, those groups have been sending pointed messages to the White House warning that President Bush's re-election is in jeopardy if he continues to court what they call the "homosexual lobby."
New York Times (US)

Bush fills key slots with young loyalists
President Bush is quietly retooling the White House staff for his reelection campaign by promoting a group of young loyalists to key positions, further concentrating power with the handful of veteran advisers closest to him.
Washington Post (US)

Religious voters in Bush’s prayers
The Bush crowd loathes talking to the press, but they don’t hide their aims. Their straightforward goal for ’04 is to boost turnout of “The Base” — defined, in the modern Republican Party, as voters who practice traditional religions in traditional ways.
Newsweek (US)

Iraq repercussions trouble top Bush advisers
Some of President Bush's top advisers, who had hoped the war in Iraq would be the turning point in the battle against terrorism and the centerpiece of the president's re-election campaign, fear it is instead becoming a political, diplomatic and military mess.
Mercury News (US)

A threadbare emperor tours the world
With U.S. President George W. Bush embarked on his first tour of major world capitals since the war in Iraq, his handlers are predictably depicting his stature as something akin to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar ''bestrid(ing) the world like a Colossus''.
Inter Press Service (Italy)

The man knows how to party
The new tone in Washington is not bipartisan, but hyperpartisan.
Washington Post (US)

Liberace candidate
Mark Foley’s glass closet.
New York Press (US)

Is he gay or not?
Three weeks after a news article first reported that he is gay, Congressmember Mark Foley (R-FL) continued to refuse to answer the question of whether he is homosexual and vowed to press on with his campaign to become a United States Senator from Florida.
Gay City News (US)

Doing it right
"Running for President? Health Care Better Be Your Priority" is the hard-to-miss slogan on a poster in the Des Moines, Iowa airport.
The Nation (US)

Rating the Dems on health care
When Richard Gephardt unveiled his plan for near-universal health coverage in April, one of the sharpest rebukes came from fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham. "The problem I have with Congressman Gephardt's proposal is we tried that before," Graham said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week." "That is what President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton tried to do in 1993 and 1994. And what we found was that the health care system in the United States is so complex, and there's so many groups that have a vested interest in the status quo, that it just fell apart."
New Republic (US)

Universal health care gets boost
Democratic presidential candidates have resurrected universal health care — an issue that produced one of the low points of Bill Clinton's presidency — in a calculated gamble that the voters are ready for a new debate over providing access to health care coverage to all Americans.
Washington Post (US)

Kerry pushes for health care in Bay Area visit
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry toured a San Mateo County hospital overburdened by scores of new patients — including laid-off dot-commers — to highlight his health care proposals and argue that President Bush "has offered nothing" to address the medical needs of working Americans.
San Francisco Chronicle (US)

Hunter, dreamer, realist
John Kerry eats dove. Even better, he shoots them. From behind the stalks of a Southern cornfield, he'll watch them flutter and dart, and fire.
Washington Post (US)

Kerry maintains lead among Democrats in New Hampshire
Al Gore would lead in a draft campaign according to the latest New Hampshire Poll.
American Research Group (US)

Kerry cites Bush campaign in donor appeal
Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry is using President Bush's fund raising to motivate his own donors, urging them to help counter the $200,000 or more each member of Bush's new "rangers" fund-raising group will raise.
Associated Press (US)

In his own words
An excerpt from John F. Kerry's stump speech.
Washington Post (US)

Graham drubs Dubya
Unswayed by Republican counterattacks, Florida Democratic senator Bob Graham took another swing at Bush last week.
Village Voice (US)

Graham leads charge against Bush in inquiry
U.S. Sen. Bob Graham says the Bush administration's failure to release documents regarding the 2001 terrorist attacks is tantamount to a cover-up, but his Democratic presidential rivals aren't so sure.
Des Moines Register (US)

Graham emerges as viable candidate
Could this be the catalyst to launch Graham out of the bottom of the pack of presidential candidates and slide his campaign into the jet stream? At the very least, Graham no longer struggles to get attention.
Palm Beach Post (US)

Double Scoop
Joe Lieberman has been designated the Scoop Jackson of this presidential campaign, and it's a role he's embraced.
New Republic (US)

Lieberman's tech success
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) outlined a technology-friendly economic program in California and picked up the endorsements of several prominent tech leaders in Silicon Valley for his presidential campaign.
Washington Post (US)

Kucinich stumps as the anti-Bush
Give presidential long shot Dennis Kucinich a microphone — or not — and he won't hide his distaste for the Bush administration's handling of the economy, trade and national security.
Sacramento Bee (US)

Key to Iowa caucus may be the living room
For all the attention being paid to the public face of the Democratic presidential contest, there is today a less-noticed struggle that may be crucial to the outcome in Iowa: the competition for the support of prominent local Democratic players.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Greens consider standing behind Democrats in '04
The lesser of two evils doesn't seem like such a bad choice these days to some Greens.
Washington Post (US)

Liberals meeting to set '04 strategy
Major liberal organizations, from labor unions to civil rights groups, have begun to meet privately to develop a coordinated strategy to oppose President Bush's reelection in 2004. Their goal is to buttress the Democratic Party and its nominee by orchestrating voter mobilization and independent media in as many as a dozen battleground states.
Washington Post (US)

Do the Democrats have a prayer?
To win reelection, Bush will need to hold onto the votes of another group which supported him in 2000: religious moderates — one of the least-appreciated swing constituencies in the country, and one whose allegiance is more up for grabs than most people realize.
The Washington Monthly (US)

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