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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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Election 2000
Burning Issues: Post-9/11
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Lieberman and Clark to bypass Iowa Primary
The Connecticut senator's problems may be less with Iowans than with Democrats, many of whom remain unswayed by the one candidate in the Democratic field whom they view as Bush-lite. Clark's retreat is another matter altogether; his problem is not that he's lite, but late.
Washington Post (US)

Farmers and Labor Press Global Trade as a Campaign Issue
Farmers and unions are in a rare coalition over an issue that they are elevating to the top of the agendas of presidential candidates.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Hillary Blasts Bush
Predicts that Republicans will use the drive to pass a Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as "the center of the Presidential election next year."
Gay City News (US)

Monday, October 06, 2003
Wesley Clark:
Still not a Democrat

It may come as a surprise to some of his supporters, but Democratic Presidential candidate Wesley K. Clark still hasn't joined the Democratic Party. According to the Pulaski County [Ark.] Voter Registrar's office, the former four-star general remains a registered independent. Even though he has been a declared candidate for the Dem nomination for two weeks now, he has yet to officially change his party affiliation.
Business Week (US)

Novice for President
All candidates should know the first rule of politics: Find your message and stay on it. Wesley Clark apparently didn't get the memo.
AlterNet (US)

Clark waffles on war
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark said he "probably" would have voted in favor of the congressional resolution authorizing the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
CBS News (US)

Wesley Clark could brighten an otherwise lackluster campaign
In June, after watching retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark on a Sunday morning television talk show, I declared that he was the best candidate not running for the highest office in the land.
Star-Telegram (US)

Clark wants probe of W.House on Iraq intelligenceDemocratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark called for an independent probe of the Bush administration's use of intelligence before the Iraq war, calling it "twisted" and possibly criminal.
Reuters (UK)

Clark lashes Bush in debut debate
Wesley Clark, the retired general who has injected new life and new uncertainty into the Democratic presidential race, shared the stage for the first time with his nine rivals and delivered a stern critique of President Bush even as he sought to quiet concerns about loyalty to his new political party.
Chicago Tribune (US)

Democrat Clark lays out $100 billion economic plan
Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark blasted the White House for "flailing" about on the economy and offered his own $100 billion strategy to create jobs and help the middle class.
Reuters (UK)

Go, Wes, young man
Wesley Clark has some good things to say about the environment — and some things to learn.
Grist (US)

Sen. Clinton denies backing Clark
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) dismissed reports that she and her husband are the agents behind retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark's presidential candidacy, reiterated that she will not run in 2004 and pledged to work for the eventual Democratic nominee, saying the reelection of President Bush would be "an overwhelming setback for this country."
Washington Post (US)

Dems' Class of 2004
For Democrats only: I think our field is shaping up quite nicely. Several of our candidates are starting to look promising indeed. Of course, only a political junkie would have sat through the entire two-hour debate, and the fact that there are 10 of them works against any one standing out. If the field isn't winnowed down soon, they might want to consider dividing themselves into two groups for a debate so we get more than these unsatisfactory soundbites.
AlterNet (US)

Come out fighting
It is an unlovely fact, but a fact nonetheless. The surest way to win a presidential election is to successfully scare the bejesus out of the voters about what will happen if the opponent becomes, or remains, president of the United States.
Village Voice (US)

Sunday, October 05, 2003
It is the second day of Howard Dean's nine-city "Sleepless Summer Tour," and I'm standing on the tarmac at the airport in Portland, Oregon.
The Nation (US)

Dean assails Bush and Republican right
Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean invoked American Revolution-era events as he lashed out at the Bush administration and the Republican right.
Associated Press (US)

Dean, driven by the grass roots
Thousands of Dean supporters — many of whom profess never to have been active before — have taken to the streets on their own initiative to pass out Dean fliers at urban fairs and farmers markets, donate blood and clean up beaches in his name, and raise millions of dollars for the former Vermont governor at house parties.
Washington Post (US)

Howard Dean and the power of TV ads
Every four years, the race for president is slightly different from previous campaign cycles. This year, Democrats face the most compact primary schedule in history, and after the opening bell — the Jan. 19 caucuses in Iowa — the party's nomination could well be locked up in a matter of weeks.
Christian Science Monitor (US)

Gen. Clark reportedly is asked to join Dean
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has asked retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark to join his campaign, if the former NATO commander does not jump into the race himself next week, and the two men discussed the vice presidency at a weekend meeting in California, sources familiar with the discussions said.
Washington Post (US)

Kerry makes another big-issue mistake
U.S. Sen. John Kerry still looks like a reasonably viable Democratic contender for the presidency. A decorated Vietnam veteran who has served several terms in the U.S. Senate, he has the right resume. Unfortunately, he has a penchant for getting the really important issues wrong.
Madison Capital-Times (US)

Kerry's communications director leaves campaign amid shakeup rumors
John Kerry's communications director has resigned over differences in the direction of the Democrat's presidential campaign.
Associated Press (US)

Kerry's jubilee
What does John Kerry's environmental record really look like after his nearly 20 years in the U.S. Senate?
Grist (US)

John Kerry: fence sitting on the war and race
Have you ever seen a race where the lead runner, called the “rabbit,” started off running and shocked people when it kept on running and won the race? Well, some are afraid that the current race for president is a little like that right now. Many people think that U.S. Sen. John (D-Mass.) Kerry is really the candidate who will emerge victorious. (US)

Gephardt won't get early backing of labor
The A.F.L.-C.I.O. announced yesterday that it would not endorse a Democratic presidential candidate this month, dealing a sharp setback to the campaign of Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Kucinich backer hacks CBS News site
The CBS News site was apparently hijacked by a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich . Visitors to the Web site were presented with a text message and a video promoting the candidacy of the congressman from Cleveland.
ZD Net (US)

Presidential contender Braun makes bid official
Declaring that voters are "ready to take the next great step" and elect a woman president, Carol Moseley Braun formally entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Chicago Tribune (US)

Graham considers future of campaign
Democrat Bob Graham is weighing the future of his presidential campaign as senior aides were leaving the campaign and the candidate continued to struggle with finances.
Associated Press (US)

Democrats debate and raise money
Nearly a week after the ten Democratic presidential candidates de-bated at Manhattan’s Pace University, their campaigns released the amount of money raised in the third quarter fundraising period.
Gay City News (US)

While Democrats battle for nomination, Bush surges in fund-raising
If he were a Democrat, Scott Reed could provide some great advice to the candidate who emerges victorious from the 10-way Democratic presidential scrap to face George W. Bush and his fat campaign war chest.
Boston Globe (US)

Bush '04 readying for one Democrat, not 10
President Bush's political advisers have set in motion an aggressive re-election machine, building a national network of get-out-the-vote workers and amassing a pile of cash for a blanket advertising campaign expected to begin around the time Democrats settle on their candidate early next year, party officials said.
New York Times (registr. req'd)

"The plumbers are back"
The man who sparked Watergate, Daniel Ellsberg, has deja vu watching the Bush administration try to spin the Plame leak.
Salon (US)

Top gun vs. total recall
Only in America could a guy who struts in an action-hero's Hollywood costume and barks macho lines from a script pass for a plausible political leader. But if George W. Bush can get away with it, why should Arnold Schwarzenegger be pilloried for the same antics?
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Ground zero, 2004
Next year's Republican Convention will convene blocks from the WTC site, just days before the anniversary of 9/11. The reception from New Yorkers, though, might not be what the White House has in mind. (US)

The other one's in trouble too
President Bush's ratings in the US opinion polls are at an all-time low.
Guardian (UK)

Among the more amusing cluckings from the right lately is their appalled discovery that quite a few Americans actually think George W. Bush is a terrible president.
AlterNet (US)

Why we hate Bush
Democrats loathe Dubya with greater intensity than any Republican standard-bearer in modern political history. Even the diabolical Richard Nixon — who, after all, created the EPA, went to China and imposed price controls to stop corporate gouging — rates higher in liberal eyes.
Yahoo News (US)

Vanishing act
The unelected Bush Regime now controls the government, the military, the judiciary — and the machinery of democracy itself. Absent some unlikely great awakening by the co-opted dullards of the corporate media, next November the last shreds of a genuine American republic will disappear — at the push of a button.
Moscow Times (Russia)

Let them eat war
George Bush doesn't represent the economic interests of working-class people. So why are so many blue-collar voters pro-Bush? (US)

The stories get stranger by the day
After eight years of Bill Clinton and 32 months of George W. Bush, it isn't news when a president dissembles, misleads, deceives, conceals, fudges or lies. News is something out of the ordinary, such as a president telling the truth.
Chicago Tribune (US)

White House facing revolt within GOP
In just a few weeks the political tide has turned dramatically against President Bush. His popularity ratings have dipped below 50 percent. His policies are under fire on the Iraq war, the economy, and the budget mess. Moreover, Bush is facing an escalating revolt from within his own party.
Boston Globe (US)

Bush's 'perfect storm'
In nearly half a century of Congress-watching, I frequently have observed senators of a president's own party head for the lifeboats when any storm — perfect or not — approaches. Today's Senate Republicans have not reached that point, but fear and anxiety among them is palpable. (US)

Wednesday, October 01, 2003
CIA scandal could divert Rove from re-election campaign
The controversy over accusations that the White House leaked the name of a CIA agent to get at a critic of the US war in Iraq.
AFP (France)

Empower Play: The Pitch That Works for Dean
"People feel horribly disempowered by George Bush," Dean said. "I'm about trying to give them control back. This is not just a 'campaign,' it's a movement to empower ordinary people. I don't say, 'Elect me.' "
Washington Post (US)

Dems debate at Pace University
The place to be was not the so-called spin room, but the Eddie Layton Student Union, one floor above, where about two hundred college and high-school students had gathered
The New Yorker (US)

New Balance
To unite the Democratic party, Clark must avoid becoming the anti-Dean.
American Prospect (US)

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