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Step off, old man!
Wednesday, 11 February 2004
Dropping out
The best description I've heard about Gen. Wesley Clark as a politician is "talented amateur." I forget who said it, but he was right on. Clark was obviously a very bright, talented person, a decorated soldier and Rhodes scholar. What he wasn't was a trained politician.

Of course, that's what attracted so many people to him, including me. And while Clark may have made a helluva president, he wasn't a helluva candidate. He was appealing and quirky, but he wasn't a practiced politician. That's what killed him in the end.

That and his late entry into the race and Kerry's unexpected surge. The more I think about it, Dean wasn't a polished politician either. He lacked the self-control and discipline needed to make it all the way. Edwards is a great politician. Kerry isn't great, but he is disciplined and looks a lot better as he zeroes in on the nomination. Presidential candidates always do.

I wish Clark had done better and I think he would have been a better candidate against Bush than Kerry, at least based on his resume. The Republican National Committee must have a file on Kerry that would reach to his outsized chin. The upside to Kerry: he'll definitely fight back.


Posted by brettdavey at 11:13 AM EST
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Wednesday, 11 February 2004 - 2:23 PM EST

Name: Mirabelle

I agree with you. I liked Clark too. Do you get the feeling that Kerry is going to sit down on the ground, pull out his acoustic guitar and sing Kumbaya any minute? Bush against Kerry will be a good fight. Seems like they are polar opposites to the extreme.

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