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Saturday, June 14, 2003
TAPPED reports: "MoveOn, the 2-million member left-wing Internet activist organization, is thinking about holding its own online Democratic primary within the next month." MoveOn could easily raise millions for the winner of the primary, and it has demonstrated its power in the past by raising $750,000 for Paul Wellstone in a single day. Read the full entry here.
Daily Kos has the second part of the "How they could win" series. This time, the candidate being evaluated is John Kerry.
The pundits of Slate continue to be baffled by Bob Graham's candidacy. First, there was Chris Suellentrop's May 8, 2003 article titled "Bob Graham: Who is he kidding?", which asserted that Graham belongs in the Senate, not the Oval Office. Now, William Saletan has written a piece in which he claims that Bob Graham has given no reasons for wanting to be President. "I'll gladly take Graham's candidacy seriously," Saletan concludes, "as soon as he does."
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Hesiod of the blog Counterspin says that low expectations helped Bush in the 2000 election. Everyone expected him to be an idiot, so he impressed people whenever he sounded competent. But now, in 2004, expectations are high for Bush, while everyone assumes that his opponent will be a pathetic loser. People think of Bush as a heroic statesman, so his mistakes, flaws, and gaffes will take on an added importance. Read more of Hesiod's analysis here.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Slate's William Saletan reports on a Democratic event in Iowa, where he witnessed impressive rhetorical performances from Graham, Dean, and Kucinich.
The blog Daily Kos is doing a series called "How they could win" for six Democratic candidates--Dean, Edwards, Gephardt, Graham, Kerry, and Lieberman. The first part of the series looks at John Edwards.
Monday, June 09, 2003
According to the latest poll, Kerry and Dean are statistically tied in New Hampshire. Kerry has 25 percent, and Dean has 22 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. However, a third of New Hampshire voters said that they are "unfamiliar" with Dean, versus only one-tenth with Kerry, and 27 percent of voters are undecided. It's still too early to predict anything.
Does Bob Graham have a real shot of winning? According to TNR's Jason Zengerle, Howard Dean doesn't think so. Dean recently claimed that he was the only candidate who didn't support the war in Iraq, and a Dean spokeswoman later said that he meant that he is the only "major" candidate. Graham, of course, opposed the war, along with Kucinich, Moseley Braun, and Sharpton.
TNR Primary took another shot at Lieberman a few days ago, accusing him of changing his position on ethanol mandates in response to special interest pressure. Lieberman's office sent TNR a letter defending his position.