Wednesday | August 20, 2003
Cattle Call 2004: 8/20
last week's rankings: 1) Dean, 2) Lieberman, 3) Gephardt, 4) Kerry, 5) Edwards, 6) Graham, 7) Sharpton, 8) Kucinich, and 9) Braun.
1. Howard Dean
And that goes the same for every candidate in the race. If Bush was abiding by the limits, then I would prefer public financing, but we can't unilaterally disarm against Bush. And yes, Dean's earlier warnings to his rival to stick to the limits was unwise. This is about beating Bush, and we'll need all the money we can get.
Oh, and the fact the Dean campaign is even considering lifting the limits means they must be raising serious cash.
2. Dick Gephardt
But his biggest boost? The loss of jobs is becoming a big issue, especially now that service sector jobs (like programming) are being lost as well. This should play into his hands nicely.
3. Joe Lieberman
Right now, it's far more likely Gep wins Iowa than Lieberman takes third in NH, and as such, he takes a hit. Lucky for him Kerry is doing so poorly in NH, otherwise Lieberman would've settled into the fourth slot.
4. John Kerry
That said, they can (and should) be criticized for clumsy initial efforts. But at least they're trying and that's ultimately a good thing.
That said, it appears the Kerry campaign is gearing up for its Labor Day announcement. I'm suspecting he won't get the rise the Kerry Campaign hopes for. If a Clark announcement happens in the next couple of weeks (as is likely), it'll blow the winds out of Kerry's sails. And he has to compete against the Governator out in California. That'll be tough.
5. John Edwards
Still, I'd still rather not surrender a seat to the GOP.
7. Al Sharpton
8. Dennis Kucinich
9. Carol Moseley-Braun
Others: Clark is almost certainly running.
Note: One of the features of Scoop (which will hopefully come online in a few weeks) is community moderation. Things have been getting a little out of control in the boards, with supporters of certain candidates attacking others. If this board is hijacked by similar crap, I will put the Cattle Call on hiatus until scoop arrives. Then I will grant Mike S the power to ban those "eating our own". Don't force me to take drastic measures.
The guy you want to bash today may be our nominee. You don't want your words used against you when you do support that candidate, do you?Posted August 20, 2003 02:28 PM | Comments (294)