Tuesday | December 03, 2002
Kerry on the attack again
Someone needs to warn John Kerry about peaking too early. Building on existing momentum, Kerry has turned from criticizing Bush on war, to criticizing Bush on taxes:
Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry proposed new tax cuts now for the middle class, while criticizing the Bush administration's tax policy as "unfair, unaffordable and unquestionably ineffective in growing our economy."Kerry also proposed
One other thing to keep in mind: the primaries will be held earlier than ever in 2004, forcing the presidential aspirants to do all of their fundraising in 2003. Thus, the race is on full-bore, as candidates desperately scramble for the millions they will need to compete nationwide. Some estimates bandied about suggest that candidates will need a minimum of $20 million just to ante up.
Thus, we can expect the presidential aspirants to make bold proposals to garner media attention, better poll numbers (even though polls at this stage are ridiculous), and, ultimately, lots of $$$$.
And, at first blush it seems that this will be good for the Democratic Party. Its congressional delegation is paralyzed by some sort of Karl Rove paralysis ray. Thus, it will be up to the presidential aspirants to push the party forward, clearly articulate what they stand for, and by extension, their vision of the future of the Democratic Party.
Update: Josh Marshall has several posts on the bashing Kerry is starting to take from the usual suspects.
Update II: Kerry is hot today. Also check out Mathew Yglesias, Lean Left, Off The Kuff, and Busy Busy Busy (peripherally). There may be others, but I do have a day job. (It's amazing I get away with this much blogging as it is!)Posted December 03, 2002 10:15 AM | Comments (130)