Friday | July 11, 2003
Cattle Call 2004: 7/11
Last week's rankings: 1) Dean, 2) Kerry, 3) Gephardt, 4) Edwards, 5) Lieberman, 6) Kucinich, 7) Graham, 8) Sharpton, and 9) Moseley-Braun.
I'm already really late, so without further ado ....
1. Howard Dean
2. John Kerry
He's also come around on the war and is slamming the president on his lies and all that jazz. However, how effective can it be to say, "I was snookered by Bush" when the evidence already existed that Bush was, if not outright lying, at least grossly exaggerating the evidence against Saddam?
3. Dick Gephardt
Enough of the phony, macho rhetoricNot surprisingly, he seems to be betting the farm on the union vote, hammering the trade issue on the campaign stump, hoping it provides him with key differentiation from the rest of the pack.
4. John Edwards
The difference between George Bush and John Edwards is, while he honors and respects only wealth, I honor and respect hard work. I honor and respect responsibility. I believe in opportunity. He's about building barriers and closing doors; I'm about exactly the opposite. I want to knock barriers down. I want to open doors.Yet there is no follow-up with this campaign. As Dean does the morning show circuit, where is Edwards? And I'm still uneasy about his campaign's over-reliance on his upcoming ad buy. He still needs to inspire people on the ground, and thus far he is failing miserably.
5. Joe Lieberman
Unlike some in my party who continue to question our use of force in Iraq, I have not wavered in my belief in the justness of the war we fought. In this, I know I am following in the proud tradition of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Clinton, all of whom were ready and willing to apply our military might when necessary to protect our security.The less "necessary" the Iraq War becomes, the weaker Lieberman looks. More than any of the other Dems, Lieberman needs Iraq to go well. He needs there to have been a legimitate reason for all the death, destruction, and expenses the cost has wrought. Otherwise, he continues to prop up Bush's policy of unilateral pre-emptive warfare -- a proposition that is a loser with the Democratic Party base (which votes in the primaries), and increasingly, with the American public at large.
6. Dennis Kucinich
8. Al Sharpton
9. Carol Moseley-Braun
Others: Biden and Clark. Both will probably run.Posted July 11, 2003 09:33 AM