Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Wes Clark Keeps Winning Straw Polls at Kos and MyDD

Wes Clark continues to outpace the field in straw polls at Kos and MyDD. What's up with that? Why is he so popular among the netroots? I can offer three thoughts:
First, while some leading Democrats have been
hedging their bets, Clark has been consistently outspoken in his critique of Bush's foreign policy, particularly in Iraq.
Second, the netroots care more about standing up to Bush than about ideology. See
Howard Fineman's piece last week in Newsweek quoting New Democratic Network leader Simon Rosenberg: “It’s not a fight between liberals and conservatives,” Rosenberg told me the other day. “It’s between our ‘governing class’ here and activists everywhere else.”
Third, Clark understands what it takes to contest the Republicans across the country in a time when more and more activists are calling for a 50-state strategy, which is why he supported Paul Hackett in OH-02 and is backing former protege Eric Massa in NY-29.
Putting aside the question of the '08 nomination, there is something about Clark's standing among activists that commands our attention.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

I voted for Clark in that Kos Poll for exactly the reasons you give.

I hope that the early front-runner status does nto make him start to hedge. The 50% plus one electoral college gamesmanship can not win against the Rovian machine.

1:34 PM, September 21, 2005  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

First, I don't think winning these straw polls makes Clark the front runner, when Hillary Clinton is still leading in national polls.
As I have said, it's his ability and willingness to take exception with Bush that has gained him the support evidenced in the straw polls.
I agree that the old model of 50% plus 1 by trying to stake out the middle and blurring the differences between the Democrats and Republicans is not the way to win, as Paul Hackett demonstrated so well.

2:18 PM, September 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason is a dope, along with being an ass.

1:36 PM, September 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wesley Clark is nearly as stupid as Jason. Good leader, dumb shit.

5:24 PM, September 23, 2005  

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