Government & Politics | September 21, 2003
E-Mail Delivered to an Influential Democratic
is one of my published replies to one of many responses to my
e-mail published in an influential Democratic Newsgroup about the formal
entry of General Clark into the Presidential Race.
risk of sounding like a politician (Heaven forbid!), this is why I love
being a Democrat -- unlike our philosophically straight-jacketed
opponents, we pull together the best ideas from across the political
spectrum and forge consensus for the common good -- sounds downright
American to me!
absolutely right that General Clark must demonstrate skills in the rough
and tumble of the political arena, not just in the corridors of power
(where he has succeeded far more than most, despite some powerful foes, as
Mark pointed out) but also in the public eye -- the "conventional
wisdom" amongst pundits is that he got off to a bit of a rocky start;
but as in most of this, the debates should be key in helping us sort
through the candidates, vs. each other and vs. Bush -- just as Wayne says.
John said, the key will be passion -- inspired in the electorate by that
within the candidate -- that's something that no amount of money can
buy. However, it can be channeled, focused, and polished; and I
believe that is going on "behind the scenes" in the Clark
campaign, notably with help from former campaign advisors to his fellow
Arkansan moderate Bill Clinton...
is still too early for many of us, such as Eric (or even Mr. Clinton), to
endorse any one candidate -- for one thing, in debates, feet have a nasty
habit of finding their ways into mouths (For example, Lieberman tripped up
Dean on the Palestinian issue); and with increasing scrutiny, skeletons
can and do come out of closets (ask Gary Hart).
though, like John, I feel this is now a "two horse" race,
between Dean and Clark. Then again, I'm not the best person to ask --
I'd vote for the proverbial "yellow dog" instead of Bush.
long as our candidates, and we supporters, don't carve each other up too
bad in the primary process, this is democracy at its very best -- those
who would represent us trying their best to listen to the citizenry and
express our needs and wants, hopes and fears.
"vote their pocketbook" and "vote the (wo)man".
As I think we've all said, we Democrats should be able to win on the first
point; now to just find the candidate who can sway the most voters on the
second -- like Obi Wan Kenobi told Luke Skywalker, "trust your
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