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
Monday, January 19, 2004
Dean's "insurgent" campaign is looking more and more like an insider campaign. Deanies declaim, loudly and often, that they are little people going up against the party insiders whom they often suggest are the force behind Clark, but Dean leads all other candidates in endorsements from those same cockroaches he loves to inveigh against. (Dean has a margin of four to one over Clark in superdelegate endorsements - much larger than his edge in money, polls, or grass roots support.) Over the last week, the campaign looked remarkably like a traditional insider campaign in trouble, picking up big name and medium name endorsements while it sinks in the polls. This was noticable at the California party convention I went to last weekend as a Clark supporter: not only did most major party office holders endorse Dean, but the convention organizers had a visible bias. The Dean table inside the hall had prime placement so that it was the first thing you saw as you came in by the main entrance; the Clark table was hidden in a much poorer location. Some delegates I spoke to at the volunteer table I helped work outside the hall actually asked me why we didn't have a table inside. Back in Iowa, Dean's form was crimped by the difficulty of launching his usual blistering attacks against Washington insiders who voted for the Iraq war resolution while touring with Harkin, a Washington insider who voted for the Iraq war resolution.