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    Bush's visit to Iraq simply reinforces my belief that timidity is not going to get us anywhere in the next election.

    Excellent post. I join with the others in wondering how Gephardt fits in. Do you think that without the Dean campaign, Gephardt would ever have managed to say "miserable failure"?

    If Gore had sent some of his Miami supporters to finish off the Brooks Brothers rioters, he'd be President today. I didn't notice the Democratic leadership, including Gephardt, trying to stiffen his spine there.

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      jd in nyc and Andrew Lazarus,

      Both of you made some excellent points. Thanks.

      I thought that supporting Gephardt was a little ironic also...
      Notwithstanding personality, style, and temperament, Gephardt's health care proposal is, by far, the single most boldest idea of the campaign to date. While Dean is certainly a passionate individual, his policy proposals are, at best, cautious and incremental.

      Even Dean, at whom I assume the comment was directed...
      I wasn't directing my comments as much against Dean as reflecting upon past experiences. I really don't have anything against the good doctor.

      Do you think that without the Dean campaign, Gephardt would ever have managed to say "miserable failure"?
      Probably not. Then again, I'm sure the Dean folks have learnt a thing or two from Gephardt's Campaign. Imitation in politics is not unheard of. Joe Trippi, after all, worked for the 1988 Gephardt Campaign.

      If Gore had sent some of his Miami supporters to finish off the Brooks Brothers rioters, he'd be President today. I didn't notice the Democratic leadership, including Gephardt, trying to stiffen his spine there.
      I don't necessarily disagree with you. Conventional post-Florida Recount wisdom was correct: the Gore Team's approach focussed mostly on the legal aspects of the dispute. Republicans, on the other hand, saw this not only as a legal but, equally so, as a political struggle. This "Bourgeois Riot" (I think Paul Gigot of the WSJ coined that term) was a naked power grab. Having been involved in that montrosity (the so-called "Florida Irregularities") and taking everything into consideration, having one more sympathetic US Supreme Court justice would have made the difference. One way or another, that is what it was eventually going to come down to! Having a younger brother as Florida Governor and a Democratic operative as Florida Secretary of State wouldn't have hurt Al Gore either. Now, I don't completely absolve Gore. He was the one directing strategy and, at a minimum, should have won his home state of Tennessee. Then, the above is irrelevant.

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