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Nicholas_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 10:35 PM
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The Tortoise Is Stirring
Dick Gephardt's campaign may have started slow, but it's gaining momentum




Sunday, Sep. 14, 2003
By early December of 1987, Dick Gephardt had been stumping Iowa for two years. He had visited all 99 countiesand his first campaign for the presidency seemed a total bust. He was in last place in the polls, having once been first. He had literally lost his voice. I remember him sipping boiled water laced with lemon and honey as he trudged door-to-door in the snow. "People were telling me, 'I know I promised to support you, but I think I made a mistake,'" the Congressman told me, with a laugh, over turkey sandwiches in his Iowa campaign office last Friday. "But my mother had always told me to keep steady, don't get too emotional, take it day by day."

Gephardt won the Iowa caucuses in 1988. He turned the campaign around with a single television ad, about the alleged unfairness of free trade. The victory proved his electoral apogee that year. But he had learned something about the subtle arc of a political season, a lesson about patience and timing that none of his current opponents for the Democratic nomination, rookies all, could possibly understand. This year, he has plodded alongthe tortoiseas Howard Dean, who races through sentences so quickly that the words often tumble into one another, drew huge summer crowds and seemed to be gliding toward the nomination...

Gephardt began his speech by saying, "Most of us in this room can remember 1950"a line Howard Dean undoubtedly has never uttered, since most of his supporters weren't born then. And it does seem that Gephardt's world view was pickled in 1950, in the era of big manufacturing and big unions and Big Government. There is a fair amount of nostalgia in Iowa for those daysand Gephardt's geriatric strategy, bolstered by his door-to-door stubbornness, may prove a stultifying antidote to Dean's unnerving whoosh of a campaign.

Dean has had a rough couple of weeks. In the debates, he's been less of a fresh breeze and more of a suitand not a very charming one at that. When attacked, he righteously tucks his chin into his chest and looks a bit like the Saturday Night Live Church Lady. He is learning the perils of impolitic candor. A national cnn poll last week put Dean's summer surge in perspective: Gephardt, Dean, Joe Lieberman and John Kerry were bunched in the teens, with the flavor of next month, General Wesley Clark, surprisingly strong at 10%. This is a wide-open raceand the tortoise is a player.

http://www.time.com/time/columnist/klein/article/0,9565...

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BayCityProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 10:50 PM
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1. I definately wouldn't write off Gephardt
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ProfessorPlum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 10:54 PM
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2. the problem with that analogy, Aesop, is that the rabbit isn't asleep
Dean does look a bit like the Church Lady though - I hadn't thought of that before!

There's something (not very) vaguely sexual about the title: "The Tortoise is Stirring"? Reminiscent of Peter Gabriel's "Kiss that Frog".

Gephardt is probably a hell of a good man, but he has years of capitulation to Republicans to make up for. From my personal perspective, he and Daschle have led the Democrats to the edge of oblivion while trying not to make too many waves. And his Rose Garden photo-op with Commander Warmonger doesn't endear.

But it's a big country, and we welcome all comers to this process. Thanks for the article and link.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 11:18 PM
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3. LOL
Dean as Church Lady! The same image struck me when I saw the debate in SC.

He's got some catching up to do in the charisma department, but I'll take his stand on issues any day.
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dfong63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 01:32 AM
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4. the tortoise has missed 85% of recent house votes
... and there's no excuse for it.
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 01:48 AM
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5. That ain't no tortoise.
That's a three-toed Missouri box turtle!
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chimpymustgo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 06:07 AM
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6. OMG - Dean looking like the Church Lady. LOL
What a great, funny, apt comparison.
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renie408 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 06:17 AM
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7. Can anybody really get excited about
Gephardt?
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chimpymustgo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 06:21 AM
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8. Oh, Renie, I have to agree.
But I do hope Gep does well in Iowa. But he shouldn't be around too long after that.
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BrewCrew Donating Member (166 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 11:08 AM
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9. Yep
A lot of folks I know are real excited about this Gephardt guy. He has fought hard against trade policies and agreements that have slowly been killing the manufacturing plants in the industrial heartland since the 1980's. I've heard several in the plant sya, "Hey. If Gephardt isn't elected we may not have jobs in 5 years."

I think there is a deeper loyalty to the guy than the media wants you to assume. In the end, I think the assembly line workers of this country will realize this guy has been there for them, so now its to be there for him.

Hey. But If Gep gets knocked out early. I won't be surprised to see a lot of union traction for Edwards. Of all the Senate candidates, he definitely has the best trade record. Just 1 mistake---China PNTR.
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kang Donating Member (254 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 11:29 AM
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10. Gephardt's a player no matter what
since the candidate he endorses (if he drops out) will get a serious look from organized labor. I mean, we're bleeding jobs right now while the current administration gives gov't contracts to companies that avoid paying taxes by incorporating off-shore! Labor's going to be force this upcoming year.
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