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Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Here's a congressional endorsement count from the AP:
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Nader has decided not to run on the Green Party ticket, probably in response to the reluctance of some Greens to threaten the Democrats' chances against George W. Bush. The Green Party is currently debating whether to run an all-out campaign, or focus its efforts only in states that the Democrats are likely to win. Given Nader's past behavior, it's unlikely that he would be satisfied with the "safe state" strategy. Nader still might run as an independent, but it will be more difficult for him to get on the ballot without party backing.
A recent national ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Bush defeating Howard Dean, 55-37. This appears to be good news for Democrats who are making the argument that Dean is unelectable. But then again, it doesn't appear that the poll compared Bush to any other candidate, so this might be more a reflection of Bush's current popularity than Dean's unelectability. The article also remarks that few of those polled knew much about Howard Dean, but it doesn't give any numbers.
Monday, December 22, 2003
Ralph Nader has a questionnaire on his exploratory committee website asking visitors about their enthusiasm for a possible Nader candidacy.
Sunday, December 21, 2003
Wesley Clark says that he will not accept a VP position on a Dean ticket. This is no great surprise. If Clark said now that he would accept the VP slot, he would be reflecting a lack of confidence in his own ability to win the nomination. But Clark has left himself little room for changing his mind later. Clark refused to raise his hand in the debate when he was asked whether Dean was electable. If Dean were nominated with Clark as VP, this footage would be replayed at every opportunity.
Less than a week after Dean was pounded for saying that the capture of Saddam did not make America safer, the Department of Homeland Security raised the threat level from "yellow" to "orange."