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dudeness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 04:24 AM
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In search of a face, and tilt, that can take on Bush
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Edited on Fri Jan-23-04 04:25 AM by dudeness
The squabbling Democrats are battling to gauge the mood of American voters, says Jonathan Freedland.

There is one man who can beat George Bush. Send out a search party: his name is Generic Democrat. Latest polls show that when Americans choose between the current president and a hypothetical figure known only as "the Democratic candidate", the two end up in a statistical tie. Some surveys have even shown our friend Generic Democrat with a slight edge.

The trouble is, Generic cannot be on the ballot paper in November. The Democrats need to have chosen an actual person to take on the President by then, and that task just got a lot more complicated.

For while Bush was putting the finishing touches to the State of the Union address he gave yesterday, the Democrats were slugging it out in what is now a genuine four-way contest.

That is good news for Bush, as Tuesday's breakfast TV in the United States testified. Footage from Iowa showed four exhausted, sweaty Democrats physically punching the air or rhetorically jabbing each other while a White House photograph captured a contemplative Bush preparing for last night's speech. Not-so-subliminal message: let these guys squabble in the playground; I am presidential.

True, Bush's ideal outcome from Iowa's Democratic contest, the first of the 2004 campaign, would have been a knockout victory for Howard Dean. White House planners have been drooling for a year at the prospect of running against the former Vermont governor, who they reckon could be easily lampooned as the latest in a long line of anti-war liberals from the American north-east...more..

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/21/1074360833539...
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