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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
Friday, November 21, 2003
The Religious Wars
Robert B. Reich says gay marriage won't necessarily be a winning issue for the GOP -- if Democrats put it in the proper context. The American Prospect (US)

Jesse Jackson Jr. on Dean's new Southern strategy
Historically, the Confederate flag is a symbol of the Democratic Party. Today, however, Republicans can fly and wave it, but Democrats can't talk about it--and current Democrats don't know how to handle it.

As a result, the symbol Howard Dean used got in the way of his substance, but his substance was on point--and the point was that Southern whites and blacks together must focus on their common economic needs: jobs, good schools, affordable healthcare.

Howard Dean has a new Democratic Southern strategy.

Democrats know the divide in the South is race. Republicans have exploited it. Democrats have evaded it... The Nation (US)

Candidates bash Bush, each other
With the Iowa caucuses two months away, accentuating the positive may fall by the wayside as the contenders, and particularly Dr. Dean and Mr. Gephardt, not only compete in bashing Mr. Bush but also probe for the political vulnerabilities of each other. Baltimore Sun (US)

G.O.P. to Run an Ad for Bush on Terror Issue
The advertisement portrays the president as fighting terrorism while Democrats try to undermine him with their sniping. New York Times (registr. req'd)

The quest of Carol Moseley Braun
Her presidential run is applauded in some quarters as courageous, and credited with bringing new perspectives into the race - even as her bid is dismissed as improbable. The Christian Science Monitor (US)

Howard Dean gets a labor nod
Howard Dean is thought to have hit the jackpot last week with the dual endorsements of the giant government unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). With the promise of resources and manpower from the two largest unions within the AFL-CIO, Dean's presidential campaign is sure to have an effective ground operation and coffers flush with cash. But more significant is what the endorsements say about Dean's candidacy and indeed, the direction of Democratic-party politics. National Review (US)

Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Dean's Polls Dip, but a Few Black Leaders Say He Was Right
The Democratic Party's need to reconnect with Southern white men isn't lost on some of New York City's African American leaders, who argue it should be a natural fit.

"Global-trade schemes are taking their jobs too," says Brooklyn congressman Major Owens. "We get distracted by this Confederate flag nonsense, but I think African Americans in the South would welcome an alliance."
The Village Voice (US)

Kerry Invokes Bush's Carrier Landing to Emphasize Points
Just as Mr. Bush's team may have overreached that day declaring an end to major combat operations in Iraq, the question now is whether Mr. Kerry is overreaching from the other direction.
NY Times (registration req'd)

The General Election
Wesley Clark's candidacy — and his controversial military career.
The New Yorker (US)

Bankrolling a New Path to the Primary
The decisions of President Bush and former Vermont governor Howard Dean to forgo public financing will reshape future presidential contests, encouraging ideological candidates and weakening prospects of moderates, according to strategists and observers.
Washington Post

Pickup Line
Jefferson Cowie says Howard Dean's assertion about truck drivers and Confederate flags was clumsy -- but on the right track.
American Prospect

The Last Disenfranchised Class
Rebecca Perl explains why nearly 5 million Americans can't vote.
The Nation

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