Tuesday, December 9, 2003

More Gore fallout
First off, Joe Lieberman, Gore's running mate in 2000, is beside himself: ["Lieberman Says Gore Call 'Too Late,' Blasts Dean"]. Oh, poor baby. Well, your rightwing tendencies cost Al Gore the presidency. So, why can't he endorse who he wants?
The Progressive's Matt Rothschild has his take on it: ["The Gore Endorsement"]. He says it ain't over and he's right. But I don't think it will be Wesley Clark left standing. It might be Dick Gephardt and John Edwards though.
Mitch Frank of TIME says, it wasn't a surprise: ["Why Gore's Endorsement Is No Surprise"]. His closing line is priceless:
The angry liberals argue that times have changed - with the country
polarized between love and hatred for this president, there are no swing voters
in the middle to appeal to. Gore obviously believes it, and he’s not afraid to
say so.
He's right in a sense. Plus, Gore's endorsement of Dean was a slap at the Clintons who put in Clark to stop Dean. Too bad Gore didn't realize his progressive populism in 2000.

Koppel, the ass
A big Thank You to the audience at tonight's debate who started yelling at ABC's Ted Koppel about his stupid question concerning money and polls to Dennis Kucinich, Carole Moseley Braun, and the Rev. Al Sharpton [watched during C-Span's tape delay]. Here's NHpolitics.com's take on it: ["Process the focus of the 'dust up'"]. I love Kucinich's response, who verbally spanked Koppel to the roar of the crowd about the media destroying American politics:
"We start talking about endorsements, now we're talking about polls, and then we're talking about money. Well, you know, when you do that, you don't have to talk about what's important to the American people."
That's right. Let the debates be about ideas and leave the discussion about polls and strategy with us bloggers, hah! Even after that, Koppel sloughed it off, and even followed up in a lectured tone.
Ignoring Kucinich and the others is becoming a pretty easy habit, as noted by John Nichols: ["John Nichols: Go-along media ignoring Kucinich"].
However, Scott Spradling, the political reporter for WMUR, actually asked some pretty impressive questions during the debate. So, it just goes to show you.

More polls
Suffolk University/WHDH released this poll from New Hampshire last night: Howard Dean at 35 percent, John Kerry at 12 percent, Clark at 10 percent, Lieberman at 6 percent, and Edwards and Gephardt tied with 5 percent, with a whopping 23 percent undecided.
On Monday, the Pew Research Center released three state polls:
In New Hampshire, Dean has 34 percent, Kerry with 20 percent, Clark and Lieberman with 8 percent, Gephardt with 5 percent, and Edwards is at 4 percent.
In Iowa, Dean is at 29 percent, Gephardt with 21 percent, Kerry at 18 percent, Edwards has 5 percent, and Kucinich at 4 percent.
In South Carolina, Edwards is back on top with 16 percent, Clark has 11 percent, Gephardt is at 10 percent, Lieberman has 9 percent, Sharpton at 8 percent, and Dean with 7 percent.
Franklin Pierce College also had a New Hampshire poll Monday: Dean with 39 percent, Kerry at 14 percent, Clark and endorsement cost you your campaign?
Edwards at 5 percent, Lieberman with 4 percent, and Gephardt at 3 percent.

Dems hold San Franciscoso Mayoral seat
It looks like the Greens won't win the San Francisco Mayoral seat: ["Election returns"]. However, Matt Gonzalez has nothing to be ashamed about. He had a fraction of the money, scared the pants of the developer's pet candidate, and still got over 40 percent of the vote. However, the writing is on the wall. Democrats really better get it together or else they will continue to win by the skin of their teeth ... and lose too.