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Thu, 15 Jan 2004

Michael Moore endorses Clark
I'm on Michael Moore's mailing list, and this morning he sent out his endorsement of Clark over Dean. Michael Moore, who most people know from his "documentaries" such as Roger and Me and Bowling for Columbine, is a bit of a wacko, but I think he does genuinely care about this country and its people. And after talking to Clark, and talking to many people while on his recent book tour, he's genuinely convinced that Clark is the Democratic candidate that should oppose Bush in the election.

It's interesting how the dynamics of the Democratic primary are changing almost daily. Time magazine has an article detailing how Clark has benefited from the Dean backlash. USA Today has this blurb, seen on Yahoo, about how Clark has closed in on Dean in New Hampshire, going from 20 points back a month ago to just 4 points down now. If Clark makes it that close in New Hampshire, which is Dean's home turf, there's a good chance Clark will emerge with the momentum before the next primary in South Carolina, where Clark should have the advantage.

As noted previously here, I'm torn. I've been saying Clark has a better chance than Dean of beating Bush for a while. I love Dean's organizational efforts, though. And one of my friends who's a true liberal points out that Clark is basically no better than Clinton, who he perceived as just barely better than a Republican. In fact, most of Clark's campaign staff were on Clinton's team. But while that sort of centrism may drive my friend nuts, Clark will at least pay lip service to ideals I believe in. Bush doesn't. I don't know. It's going to be a wild ride. I kind of hope that there's some potential Hunter S. Thompson out there chronicling it all in the style of Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail, so I can find out later what went down. We'll see what happens...

posted at: 01:07 by Eric Nehrlich | path: /rants/politics | permanent link to this entry | Comment on livejournal