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Jai4WKC08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-02-06 11:17 AM
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50. "Kabuki theater"?
I'm not sure I follow. I assume you mean the little dance that many politicians do, refusing to say one way or the other about running when it's pretty obvious by the money they're hoarding and the staff they're hiring, they have already made up their minds. If that's a wrong assumption, let me know.

But Clark hasn't done that. He said yesterday he's thinking about running, and he's said before that he wants to. But he has also said that the MOST important thing is to get back the House and/or Senate in 2006 and until/unless that happens, he's not going to make a decision. I happen to believe him. If you look at what he's been doing, every step is devoted to electing Democrats to Congress. His PAC is running on a shoe-string; every dime goes to supporting his travel and other expenses involved in campaigning and fund-raising for other Democrats and local/state parties. He has only about a half-dozen staff or contracted consultants, and none of them the big guns for a campaign of his own. He is advising first-time candidates on the game of politics, dealing with the media, and so forth. And spending a lot of his time working with the elected party leadership to put together plans and positions that congressional candidates can run on.

Now, I realize that travelling around and campaigning for others doesn't hurt him for 2008, and that it's one of the things prospective presidential candidates do. But he seems to be doing a helluva lot more of it than those with a lot more money in the bank, some of whom act like the only Democrats worth supporting reside in Iowa and New Hampshire.
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