Thursday, August 14, 2003
Clark hasn't made a decision yet, but he discusses his possible candidacy in an interview with CNN.
--Posted at 4:55 PM | link
Monday, August 11, 2003
Biden won't run.
--Posted at 2:03 PM | link
The Nation's John Nichols argues that a Lieberman candidacy would be a disaster for the Democrats:
Harry Truman warned that, when given a choice between a Republican and a Democrat imitating a Republican, voters would not hesitate to vote for the real thing. And, with his support for the Bush Administration's agenda on foreign policy and trade -- fundamental issues not just for Democratic activists but for millions of disenchanted citizens who need to be drawn to the polls if the Democratic nominee is to prevail in November, 2004 -- Lieberman has positioned himself as the pale imitation of Bush that grassroots Democrats fear will depress turnout.
Nichols also cites a poll that says that Lieberman is the second "least-liked" candidate among Democrats in Iowa, behind only Al Sharpton.
This is a familiar debate for Democrats, but an important one: Are they more likely to beat Bush with a centrist or a liberal? And other questions inevitably come with this one. Is Dean really so liberal? Is Lieberman really so conservative? Is any candidate better than Bush, or are some of them just as bad? These questions are not going to go away, unless the majority of Democrats can settle on some compromise candidate that satisfies all of them. Many Democrats look with hope to Wesley Clark, believing that he could unite the Democratic party and offer the best chance of beating Bush. But Clark would surely prove to have his flaws too, and his positions would inevitably be labelled too conservative or too liberal. Republicans have it easy, with all their ideological divisions safely buried under their near-universal support for George W. Bush.
--Posted at 10:49 AM | link