Wednesday | October 16, 2002
Clark for prez?
The latest buzz in the left-leaning web is the possibility that former NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark may be laying the groundwork for a presidential run as a Democrat. Clark was in charge of the NATO war against Serbia, but didn't get the face time and name recognition that Colin Powel did during the Gulf War. Thus, his name recognition is low.
Still, it's not every day a former general becomes a Democrat, and a Clark candidacy -- even if unsuccessful, would go a long way toward repairing the Dems image as "soft on defense" and help negate Bush's advantage on defense issues.
For his part, Clark denies he's running for president (a tradition that only Howard Dean has seen fit to ignore), and he's also denying he's chosen a party. But he's been running in Democratic circles, and will even endorse Erskin Bowle's candidacy in North Carolina.TNR writes:
Of course, the interesting question in all of this is whether a Clark candidacy could ever catch on.There's no doubt that a Clark candidacy would inspire some excitement. However, I cringe when I hear Clark mentioned as a possible veep candidate. It's really time the Democratic Party chooses a non-white male as a running mate. Ideally, I would love to see a woman, but at the very least a Latino or African American. Another all-white, all-male ticket doesn't look good to the people who are currently keeping the party competitive. (Hint: it's not white males who overwhelmingly vote Dem.)
Posted October 16, 2002 09:01 AM | Comments (6)