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Is it over yet? - Wesley Clark
Is it over yet?
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doc_neuro From: doc_neuro Date: February 13th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
dare to dream. I dont know if I mentioned it on this community but the night he dropped out I nearly kicked the crap out of the first guy I saw wearing a Kerry button. Ive just been let down too many times by such sentiments not to be a cynic. In this day and age it doesnt matter who deserves to win or who is actually the best candidate...it matters who pitches the best sales, who looks best on a tv ad spot, who gets spun which way by the news media. Im beginning to realize we just didnt have our shit together the way we should have, or rather those who did had no say at the top level of his campaign command. those guys most assuredly did not have their shit together. Clark should have been the easiest sell of the century.
limbodog From: limbodog Date: February 13th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see time as the major factor. Started way too late. And didn't have the support of the Kennedy connections like Kerry did.
alto2 From: alto2 Date: February 13th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Time was a problem, but I think he also had too little training in dealing with the media, and not exactly the best campaign staff. I fear the consultants anymore--between the Gore and Kerry campaigns, and to a lesser (due to the short time) extent, the Clark campaign, there's a huge pattern of running away from the issues, refusing the address those brought up by the other side in a meaningful way, and just generally failing to connect with the public. Amy Sullivan has a great article in Washington Monthly about the problem with Dem consultants--definitely worth a read. If the DNC doesn't address this problem, I'm not sure the party has any sort of future at all.
doc_neuro From: doc_neuro Date: February 14th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I think time will show those things to be more of a hindrance than a help. I think McCauliffe and Kennedy connections with Kerry were very much what drove his candidacy (and the party) into the ground. I think dean has the potential to do a lot more good and make prospects far better for a Clark Presidency.
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