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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, August 19, 2002

David Corn, editor of The Nation, explains why he's now cheering "Run, Al, run!" in 2004.

After the 2000 presidentail election, vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) pledged that he would not run for Preident in 2004 if Al Gore ran. If Gore ran in 2004, he would eliminate the possibility of the Democrats nominating Lieberman and, according to Mr. Corn,

...his self-righteous and quasi-censorious opposition to explicit music, movies and television shows. There’s his self-righteousness about most things. There’s his warmongering... And there’s his coziness with the [centrist, and very business-friendly] DLC.

Which is interesting. This means that Corn, who was brutal in his criticism of Mr. Gore last year, wants the unimpressive Gore to run only to keep Lieberman out. Of course, for Corn's scenario to work, there has to be a third alternative for the Democrats in 2004. Right now, there are many pretenders, but no true contenders.

For more fun information on the race to challenge George W. Bush in 2004, check out the Invisible Primary feature from ABC News. This was last updated on May 29, so it should be re-calculated sometime this month (or whenever they've got the time.)

Interesting that they list Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) as the most "un-Gore." I guess that it's because he's not a geek like the former veep.

Number one in the "fire in the belly" category was Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who has, in the past months, attacked the Bush income tax cut, and has been relentlessly travelling the country. Although invisible in the media, Dean's campaigning style will be familiar to Canadians. It's very similar to gathering support on the "barbeque circuit," which is necessary for the governor to get the money and organizational muscle that he needs to make a serious run.
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