Until you learn to get along among yourselves there is no way
any of your nine candidates will make it to 1600 Pennsylvania
Frontrunner Democratic candidate Howard Dean just received an
endorsement earlier this week from former Vice President Al
Congratulations, Gov. Dean, for being Al Gore’s latest favorite.
Gore doesn’t apparently speak to the person he used to share the
White House with. He also hung Joe Lieberman, his 2000 running
mate, out to dry without so much as a prior phone call warning of
the endorsement. So Dean had better be careful, because if there’s
one thing Gore seemed to learn from his eight years with the
Clintons, it’s how to look out for number one.
Many opinions are in the midst concerning Gore’s timing. In a
Thursday Washington Post article, various reasons are sighted for
Gore’s selection, “Some say he’s getting back at Bill Clinton . . .
some say it’s an attempt to block Hillary or a slap at Lieberman
for being too centrist.”
The article then makes his own comical prediction, “To be Dean’s
running mate. Think of the ads: A vice president we won’t have to
train! Al Gore – He knows what it takes to be Number 2!”
Either way, Gore’s endorsement reveals what has been brewing
within the Democratic Party for some time now. A downright
dogfight: Clinton vs. Gore.
Hillary Clinton just won’t have the common courtesy to step out
of the spotlight. From her three talk show appearances on Sunday
afternoon alone, it is evident Mrs. Clinton is up to something.
Of course Hillary’s eyes haven’t left the White House since ’92.
With her husband’s arm ambiguously wrapped halfway around Gen.
Wesley Clark you can bet she’s at best halfway hoping for Dean’s
success in ’04.
Clark, however, has issues of his own.
Calling himself a Democrat in the same sentence as admitting
voting not once but twice for both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
Clark’s footing needs not be dismantled by the Bush-Cheney
campaign, he has taken care of that without any assistance from the
Then there’s John Kerry, who perhaps thought throwing out the
F-bomb in the Rolling Stone would attract young voters but has of
course repulsed anyone not part of four-letter word-insult
And who could forget the self-proclaimed comedian, Rev. Al
Sharpton, who spends his time along the campaign trail thinking
about the quickest comebacks and his guest appearance on Saturday
Well, Rev. Sharpton, you have certainly succeeded in making me
But Clark, Kerry, Dick Gephardt, John Edwards, Lieberman,
Sharpton, Dennis Kucinich and Carol Moseley Braun don’t need much
attention right now. Each one of the eight is of course losing to a
woman, Hillary, who is not even in the race and to Dean as
Dean, who may one day need the South’s electoral votes to
saunter into Washington, seems to forget that his own mouth may be
his worst enemy, “I still want to be the candidate for guys with
Confederate flags in their pickup trucks,” Dean said on Nov. 1 in
an interview with the Des Moines Register.
Perhaps southerners should just forgive Dean for temporarily
forgetting that for some, the Confederate Flag is a symbol of
racism. I’m sure that will sit well with African-American voters
who previously granted Al Gore 90 percent of their demographics’
vote in 2000. Dean seems to be pushing away votes that should come
With all of these issues it is no wonder that the Democratic
hopefuls have aligned themselves under the all-encompassing cloud,
“We’re not Bush, so who cares who we are?”
Of course there’s always a Democrat scapegoat favorite to fall
back on, the economy. Oh, wait! Never mind, stupid.
“For the July-September quarter, economic growth was 8.2
percent, the fastest since 1984, productivity growth was 9.4
percent, the fastest since 1983 and manufacturing reached its
highest level since 1983. Is it pure coincidence that in 1983-84,
as today, the nation was deep into the first term of a tax-cutting
Republican administration?” according to a Washington Post
No matter what the issues are, the candidates seem determined to
self-destruct rather than leave it to George W. Bush.
I’m sure he’ll get over it.