Clark has quit the race
. I'm at turns livid and depressed about this. I had the highest hopes that he would pull off a miracle and come from behind to trump Kerry and Edwards. But it wasn't to be. Not enough experience. Too many political faux pas early on. Ignoring Iowa. A media that seemed determined to discount him at every corner. It could be all of these things or nothing.
Anyone who reads the wesley_clark
forum can see the passion we had for his candidacy. The article I've linked to mentions the huge success he had at fundraising. Most of all, he is an inspiration for anyone who thought that the hard issues wouldn't be tackled, or that you needed to be a "Beltway insider" to succeed in modern day politics.
Clark may have lost this battle, but he's sown a lot of seeds for future victories. If nothing else, the fact that he energized so many Americans to come out and fight, to vote, to campaign...that is a triumph in this day and age.
It's an easy move to back the obvious winner, especially when that winner turns out to not be so obvious...ask everyone who was convinced Dean had it in the bag. It takes real courage to back the underdog and fight for it all the way. Wes Clark ignited my passion for politics and awakened my patriotism that had been buried under years of cynicism and apathy.
For this alone, I am glad to have supported him, and I will do everything I can to make sure a candidate gets elected that can beat Bush and provide better leadership for this country. I'm still not sure who that is yet, but I will say this: Kerry's comments about Clark's campaign were generous and respectful. If Kerry does win, I got a feeling we'll see the General in his cabinet somewhere. Maybe Secretary of Defense or State. Who knows?
This battle is over, sadly. But the war goes on. General Clark, if you're reading this....thank you. You made me a believer again.
Current Mood: contemplative
Current Music: "The American Way", The Crystal Method featuring Rahzel