Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Friday, August 22, 2003
A Nuisance Endorsement
The Clarksphere believes that Clark is going to run. Not an objective analysis - a Clark blog without a Clark candidacy is a pretty empty exercise. (This campaignless campaign blog had a classy farewell post.) But it makes a lot of sense, and I agree with the conclusion.
If Clark does run, I will be supporting him from my internet soapbox and most likely the local campaign headquarters. This isn't my normal practice; I usually look on Democratic primaries as an interested observer, not involved and not caring too strongly about who wins. A few times I haven't made up my mind until I was actually holding the ballot. In many cases I don't see a lot of difference between the candidates; often I've been torn between the candidate I'm really rooting for and the one most likely to win. The latter is less a factor than it used to be, as my own ideas have evolved from pretty far left to quite moderate left of center. I wouldn't support Kucinich, for example, even if I believed he could really win.
In this race, there aren't major differences between the principal candidates. Edwards is arguably underqualified, but smart enough that if he does somehow win, I think he can do well. Moseley-Braun is probably not up to the job, but she isn't going to be the nominee, nor will Sharpton. And even Moseley-Braun is as well qualified as Bush in 2000, and probably smarter.
On issues, they've all put together competing health care plans, but even if I studied the plans and issues closely enough to have a strong feeling about which was best, it wouldn't really be a deciding factor. The bill, if there is one, that finally gets through Congress isn't going to look a lot like the campaign plan anyway. They differed on whether to start Gulf War II, but that's now water under the bridge. What to do next in Iraq matters; whether we should have gone in at all is now a historical, not a political question.
So why go with Clark when he isn't even a declared candidate, and his views on many issues are unknown? I'll post a longer answer later, but the short and simple one is: it's about winning.