[FoRK] Jackass leads in White House Derby
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jbone at place.org
Sun Mar 7 21:52:38 PST 2004
Relatively entertaining coverage... if nothing else, the pic's a hoot.
Kerry. Sigh. Oh, well, ABB.
Kerry's momentum wins the week
Good media, knockout blow to Edwards favor Democrat
Updated: 10:25 a.m. ET March 05, 2004
With Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry now the presumptive Democratic
nominee, MSNBC’s White House Derby launches its regularly updated
handicapping of the race for the presidency.
Of course, the race has been under way for months with all the
Democratic presidential contenders assailing President Bush and with
the Republican National Committee sending out regular e-mail daggers at
Kerry’s voting record in the Senate.
But this week marks a new beginning for the campaign. For the moment
Kerry is out in front, on the strength of several weeks of good news
media publicity, a string of primary election wins, and the fact that
with the last of his major competitors out of race, Kerry now has both
hands free to take on Bush.
Thanks to Kerry’s ads and news media coverage, every likely voter in
America must know by now that Kerry served in the Vietnam War and that
he dares Bush to “bring it on” for a full-throated debate on the
Each is impugning the national security policies and credentials of the
“I do not fault George Bush for doing too much in the War on Terror; I
believe he’s done too little,” Kerry said last week, adding the charge
that “George Bush inherited the strongest military in the world — and
he has weakened it.”
Kerry pledged that as president he’d add 40,000 active-duty troops to
Bush returned fire Wednesday in California, saying, “My opponent says
he approves of bold action in the world, but only if other countries
The president took issue with Kerry’s statement that the war on
al-Qaida and other terrorist groups is "far less of a military
operation and far more of an intelligence-gathering, law enforcement
operation." He said, “After the chaos and carnage of September the
11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers.”
Unless there’s a powerful wave that carries Bush or Kerry to landslide
victory, this election will be won state by state, with 270 electoral
votes needed to win the White House.
Kerry starts with a base of 217 electoral votes from the states that Al
Gore carried in 2000 with 50 percent or more of the vote.
The states that make up Bush’s base — the ones he carried by 50 percent
or more in 2000 —would give him 222 electoral votes.
Part of the job of the Bush team is to turn some of the Gore states
from 2000 into tossup states. Pennsylvania (21 electoral votes)
immediately comes to mind.
Conversely, Kerry would profit from stealing Louisiana, Arizona or a
few other 50 percent-plus states away from Bush.
The effect of maverick candidate Ralph Nader? As yet unknown. Let’s
wait to see in how many states Nader’s loyalists are able to get him on
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