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InvisibleBallots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 11:50 PM
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19. m berst I really agree with you!
"not only were Clark's positions the farthest to the left excepting Dennis, but most conservatives I talked to were willing to support him, and understood progressive positions when he explained them. That was so stunning to me because it broke all of the rules and common wisdom I have been hearing for years - that "too left" can't win, and that strong traditional liberal positions were "radical.""

I think you're really correct about this - on economic issues, Clark was about as progressive as the Democratic party gets - and only someone with Clark's record could get away with it too.

Your comparison with Dennis Kucinich is good too, I think. Surely no candidates would seem further apart than Kucinich and Clark - but when you looked closely at Clark's proposals for a Cabinet level diplomacy department (apart from State) it started to look a lot like Dennis' Department of Peace.

I think Clark had two problems - first, he was too green, and did great in an audience of 250, not so good on TV, and two, has some scary things in his past Democrats are (rightly) suspicious of - like the School of the Americas/Whisk.

If Clark could get past these two issues, in my opinion, he'd make a great President, and half the independents and Republicans would agree.
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