Wednesday | May 14, 2003
Cattle Call 2004: 5/14
Last week's rankings: 1) Kerry, 2) Gephardt, 3) Dean, 4) Edwards, 5) Lieberman, 6) Graham, 7) Sharpton, 8) Moseley Braun, 9) Kucinich, and others.
This week's rankings:
1. Dick Gephardt
He has managed to stay above the Kerry/Dean fray, and as such, has squeaked past Kerry. The lead, however, is slight.
2. John Kerry
Furthermore, word is out that Kerry's team is mean-spirited. Not exactly a deal breaker, but it can help color the media's perception of Kerry.
Oh, and he needs to stop coasting.
3. Howard Dean
4. John Edwards
5. Bob Graham
Given his access to classified info, his criticism has the potential to stick. This line of attack could definitely catapult him into top contention once the rest of the press wakes up to Graham's schtick. As of now, they're still obsessing over Scott Peterson.
One shouldn't be surprised at Graham's aggressiveness. His campaign is being run by elements of Daschle's machine -- the guys that put Sen. Landrieu on the attack against Bush -- as Bush basked in the glow of his high popularity and November victories -- and defeated the best Rove could throw at them.
6. Joe Lieberman
Although I will say this -- at this rate, Lieberman will overtake an increasingly irrelevant Edwards.
(Incidentally, Lieberman is NOT conservative. He's just a preachy moralizer in bed with the accounting folks behind the Enron and Worldcom collapses. Attack him on the merits, not on false perceptions.)
7. Al Sharpton
8. Carol Moseley-Braun
Others: Clark (the "run-o-meter" is edging toward "yes"). I won't list Biden anymore, since I haven't seen anything credible in weeks that would point to a possible candidacy.
p.s. It's becoming more in vogue to say "if there are elections next year". Jeez, please don't pull the "black helicopter" spiel on us! There will be elections. I don't like Bush, but no one is about to upsurp the Constitution and cancel elections. Lay a bit off the paranoia, please.
And in any case, such defeatism is ridiculous. We should be getting pumped up to take on the GOP and its Mighty Wurlitzer. This will be a DIRTY election, an outright war, and we will need all the bodies and resources we can muster.
The GOP didn't need to cancel an election to make its gains in 2002. It used good ol' fashioned bodies on the ground. That's where 2004 will be fought -- in the metaphorical trenches. If you want to be deafeatist, by all means, it's your right. But please spare the rest of us busy preparing for the looming battle.Posted May 14, 2003 12:11 AM | Comments (129)