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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 11:59 AM
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GENERAL CLARK on THIS WEEK w/ George S. Sunday AM
Edited on Sun Jul-13-03 04:00 PM by Skinner
Don't miss the General. Find out why the Draft Clark campaign has the third highest internet traffic of any of the possible Bush challengers (remember, we're talking about an undeclared candidate ).

Here's an article reprinted from New Republic:

Should the Democrats Draft a General?

By Franklin Foer
Saturday, July 12, 2003; Page A17
Washington Post

According to a recent Washington Post poll, 72 percent of the public trusts
President Bush to handle terrorism better than the Democrats. Republicans
have held an advantage on national security issues for two generations, but
9/11 instantly magnified both the size of the gap and its political
consequences. The extent of the problem this poses to the Democrats' chances
of winning back the presidency in 2004 has not yet penetrated their minds.
It's not remotely comparable to mistrust of Republican health care or
education policies, as many Democrats seem to believe. It reveals a
fundamental worry that voters have about the party, one that cannot be
overcome with small measures.

Some of the presidential contenders have a better chance of minimizing this
problem than others because of their biographies, expertise or hawkishness.
But it's an Achilles' heel for all of them. The good news is that an ideal
solution has landed in the Democrats' laps: Wesley Clark. The bad news is
that because so few Democrats recognize the scale of the problem, not many
of them grasp the solution.

For the past several months, retired Gen. Wesley Clark has been campaigning
for the post of reluctant warrior. He has tirelessly dropped hints that he
would enter the race. It seems that he's just waiting for the party
establishment to rally around him and begin clearing the field.

In fact, Clark's shot at beating Bush is exponentially better than those of
any of the other contenders.

EDITED BY ADMIN: COPYRIGHT
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 01:03 PM
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1. Great piece. It's everything we Clark supporters have
been saying. The writer really nailed the Kerry argument too.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 01:06 PM
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2. This is fuel for division
Coming out of the New Republic? This is just an attempt to divide Democrats, and assumes there isn't a Democrat who could win in '04. If the situation in Quaghdad continues to deteriorate there are several.

Ignore it.
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 01:37 PM
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3. It's assuming that Clark has a better shot at winning..
than the rest. A lot of people who don't right for TNR believe that as well. Heck, I don't even read TNR, and I believe everything in that piece.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 02:33 PM
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10. It's a little soon
Edited on Sat Jul-12-03 02:33 PM by mzpip
to say this is an attempt to divide the Democratic Party. There are 9 people running and there hasn't been a Primary yet. To soon for everyone to unite behind one person.

I hope Clark enters the race. He could not be portrayed as being weak on National Security which is a BIG DEAL for many many Americans.

MzPip
:dem:
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ianbruce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 01:40 PM
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4. Someone please explain to me why this is a bad idea...



Assuming it is a bad idea.
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Julien Sorel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 01:51 PM
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5. Because Clark will be window dressing in this alignment.
It's obvious that he's simply there to cover Dean's weakness on defense issues, which actually highlights the weakness.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 01:57 PM
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6. Top of The Ticket
Welsley Clark's value is at the top of the ticket.
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ianbruce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 02:02 PM
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7. I take your point, but...
there's a lot more to running a country than simply defending it.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 02:05 PM
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8. Wes Is Up To The Job
Wes Clark was first in his class at West Point and a Rhodes Scholar to boot. He's up to the job.
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 07:53 PM
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13. Clark is a freakin' Genuis.. You don't
graduate number one from West Point without being a genuis.

\
I love smart men. :loveya:
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 07:51 PM
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12. Because I like...
Clark with Graham better. Clark is a defense expert and Graham is a domestic agenda expert with some intell and national security bonafides. Clark/Graham is a much stronger team.
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Oracle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 02:28 PM
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9. All Democrats supporting other candidates should watch.
Pearsonally I support the most liberal Democratic candidate, Dennis Kucinich...but I love what Wesley Clark has to say...I even sent him a donation, because I like what he has to say.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 02:42 PM
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11. Support The Candidate
who has the best chance of beating Bush. With the House and Senate in the hands of the Republicans the stakes are too high in 04 to throw away your vote.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 09:05 PM
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14. chaska
Per DU copyright rules
please post only 4
paragraphs from the
news source.

Thank you.

NYer99
DU Moderator
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Nashyra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-03 09:56 PM
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15. What about Clark/Dean
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