Wednesday | May 21, 2003
Cattle Call 2004: 5/21
Last week's rankings: 1)Gephardt, 2)Kerry, 3) Dean, 4) Edwards, 5) Graham, 6) Lieberman, 7) Sharpton, 8) Moseley-Braun, and 9) Kucinich.
No recent polling out of any of the early primary states. No recent polling either on Bush's approval ratings. Must be the summer doldroms.
This week's rankings:
1. Dick Gephardt
2. Howard Dean
Why? Because it spurs media attention, and his campaign is in "name ID" mode. Once people are aware he exists, they take a closer look. And he seems to be doing really well amongst those who look.
For that reason, both Kerry and the DLC miscalculated horribly by attacking Dean. They took a candidate without a cause post-Iraq, and reinvigorated him beyond all expectations. Rather than ignore and marginalize, they elevated Dean to "threat number one" and he's subsequently reaping all the benefits.
One more thing -- remember that silly notion that helped get Bush elected -- "who would you rather have a beer with, Bush or Gore?" Dean wins the "Beer Primary".
3. John Kerry
I was at an early afternoon press conference with Kerry in Sacramento back in February. After it was over, a reporter asked Kerry, in an unguarded moment, how he felt. Kerry responded: "I'm okay now, but I start fading after 6". I remember thinking, "6? He looks like he's fading now." The sad thing is, I'm still thinking that now.
He needs to demonstrate a bit more vigor, a bit more drive. Considering he's been going after the hyperactive Dean the past few weeks, the comparisons have not been flattering.
4. Bob Graham
But seriously, he needs work on his campaign style.
5. Joe Lieberman
6. John Edwards
7. Al Sharpton
8. Carol Moseley-Braun
Others: Clark (indications are that he will run)Posted May 21, 2003 09:10 AM | Comments (287)