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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:32 AM
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Democrats' dilemma
Another article from the UK press about Wesley Clark. I don't enough about his policies to have much of an opinion but you lot can make of this what you will.,3604,1046789,...

In truth, the sigh of relief from the Democratic party leadership on hearing of Clark's decision was less about how much they liked him and more to do with how much they loathe the other nine candidates in the race. As recently as early summer, the party hierarchy had written off the next election as a dead loss and were thinking ahead to Hillary in 2008.

In this judgment they have been overly hasty and out of touch with their base. Between them, the nine candidates - ranging from the conservative Joseph Lieberman to the radical Al Sharpton - were doing a relatively good job galvanising the party's supporters and reaching out to new ones.

The party bigwigs' attempts to dismiss the frontrunner Howard Dean have done little to stem his growing support among activists or his ability to raise money. While the Democratic leadership has been telling everyone who will listen that he cannot win, Dean has been drawing crowds of thousands and making the cover of Time and Newsweek. Dean has been cast as beyond the pale largely because of his opposition to the war and his pledge to reverse Bush's latest tax cuts. The problem for the party's leaders is that most Democratic voters agree with him on those points, and an increasing number of independents do too. Moreover, Dean is pro-gun, pro-death penalty and fiscally conservative. "I don't mind being characterised as a 'liberal'," he said in February. "I just don't happen to think it's true."

Clark is probably no worse and may even be somewhat better than the other leading candidates. His entry to the race should be welcomed for the simple reason that it gives Democrats more choice at a time when they are so angry they would embrace anyone who they thought could take the White House. Within limits this is no bad thing. But, as any general would tell you, desperation and anger are doubtful allies in battle. The good news is that defeating Bush is possible. The bad news is a Democratic victory still feels a long way off.
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CWebster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 05:57 AM
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1. the democratic victory is an easy victory
if the DLC would get out of the way. They have just as much to lose as the Republicans.
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:06 PM
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2. The DlC would rather lose than see Dean win.
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 06:55 AM
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3. In which case...
...who do they want?

Clark? (the article is about him after all), Edwards? L**b*rm*n? Tony Blair?
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