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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Primary Colors

Most of the votes have been counted from today's primaries and caucuses and John Kerry has emerged, as expected, as the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Edwards by winning South Carolina did what he had to do to stay in contention, but not much more. Wesley Clark is hurting even after his narrow win in Oklahoma due to very weak showings in Missouri and South Carolina, two states where you would have thought Clark had some appeal. Dean had a bad night and has slid all the way to 4th in the pecking order, though his supporters were ready for the weak showings. Lieberman is now officially finished, and Sharpton and Kucinich are of course just sideshows at this point.

As someone who had been backing Howard Dean, this comes as something of a disappointment, as there's too much of Al Gore 2000 and Bob Dole '96 in the Kerry campaign for my taste.

I've been happy to support John Kerry as my former senator but I can't point to anything of importance he's accomplished in 18 years in the U.S. Senate. For my taste he does vote the right way most of the time but that's about the best I can say for him. And even then, what do you say about someone who voted "No" on the first Gulf War and "Yes" on this one? His resume, of course, seems almost too good to be true, but Vietnam to many people is ancient history now.

The highest praise I can think to heap upon him is that he'd be a far better president than the one currently occupying the White House.

I think of Kerry, Edwards, and Clark, Edwards is my favorite, due to his message, his status as a Southerner, and the way he can turn on the charm.


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