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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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Dean's digital divide
Howard Dean's base is white and Web savvy. Now he's reaching out to blue collar workers and minorities. Can he close the divide?
Mother Jones (US)

Dean a formidable foe
Republican Party officials and political advisers to President Bush admit that they underestimated Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and say they now consider him a formidable potential adversary.
USA Today (US)

It's next to impossible to find a lefty columnist or talking head from inside the Beltway who's said nice things about the two Democratic firebrands. (US)

Why Dean and Franken are so hot right now
After years of being kicked in the teeth by GOP bullies, Democrats have finally found two brawlers who know how to give it back.
Salon (US)

Many voters unable to name Democratic candidates
There's no shortage of Democrats running for president but most voters don't know who they are, according to a new poll.
Associated Press (US)

The Baltimore debate
A field goal for Kerry, a touchdown for Dean.
Slate (US)

Dean and Lieberman tangle in debate
In their most spirited debate to date, the nine Democratic presidential candidates began to display real differences in their policies and styles, attacking one another over foreign policy even as they sought to appeal to a mostly African-American crowd.
Boston Globe (US)

Full transcript
Here is the full transcript of the Democratic presidential campaign debate sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Fox News Channel.
Washington Post (US)

The not-so-great debate
Democrats who gave Bush a blank check on Iraq in Congress but attacked him in Albuquerque might have to step aside for the good of the party, and the world.
Salon (US)

Politicians keep striking pretty poses
John Kerry said he's running for president. But it looked like he's running for admiral.
Charlotte Observer (US)

Kerry says Bush 'dead wrong,' cries at sad story
Maybe it was the ginger tea or the homemade brownies, but Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry ran a gamut of emotions in one day, angrily denouncing President Bush as "dead wrong" on Iraq and shedding tears at a jobless woman's story.
Reuters (UK)

Ani, Willie support Kucinich
Ani DiFranco and Willie Nelson are some of the first big-name musicians to align themselves with a presidential candidate: Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a proponent of universal health care and increased aid to small farmers.
Rolling Stone (US)

Reverend President !?
Whether he’s running for president of America — or president of Black America — Al Sharpton’s political sphere just got a lot bigger.
New York (US)

Clark's candidacy
If he runs, Gen. Wesley Clark will attempt to turn Bush's defense hysteria against him.
Washington Post (US)

Senator Clinton says no to '04, but playfulness hints at yes
When the guests descended on the Clinton family home in Chappaqua, most of them had already heard that the answer to the question was, roughly speaking, no, a thousand times no, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would not make a run for the presidency next year. By the end of the night, "no" was not quite the word ringing in every ear as the guests.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Four presidential candidates lead poll
Three Democrats have pulled even with Joe Lieberman atop a new poll in South Carolina that shows almost half of likely primary voters remain undecided.
ABC News (US)

Democrats quarrel over primary dates
National Democrats and Washington, D.C., officials are at odds over whose primary comes first in the political calendar -- New Hampshire or the District of Columbia.
Newsday (US)

Framing the Dems
The Republicans understand framing; Democrats don't.
American Prospect (US)

George Bush's troubles
George Bush is looking vulnerable. What can he do about it?
Economist (UK)

Bush seeks an exit strategy as war threatens his career
The President will make a dramatic U-turn on Iraq to try to salvage his hopes of re-election amid Americans' growing hostility to the casualties and chaos.
Observer (UK)

Bush numbers hit new low
President George W. Bush’s job performance ratings have reached the lowest point since his pre-Inauguration days.
Zogby International (US)

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