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  •  Here we go again (5+ / 0-)
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    He was ignored in the 2004 primaries, ask John Edwards how hard it is to campaign with no media exposure. He has a tendency to speak the truth which, when it conflicts with what the Washington Elite wants to believe, is spun as a gaffe.

    And after 8 years of this administration's disastrous foreign policy, our actions in Serbia look pretty damn good.

    "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

    by blueintheface on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 08:05:18 AM PDT

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    •  well, I'm not looking to start a fight (1+ / 0-)
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      with the Clark zealots, I'm just giving my perspective.

      And personally, I think the 'media isn't paying attention to me' excuse is pretty weak, especially when Clark came in on a wave of hype and failed to capitalize on it.

      •  Sounds just like the excuse they are giving (1+ / 0-)
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        in order to ask why Obama isn't winning by a larger margin.

        "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

        by blueintheface on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 08:11:13 AM PDT

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        •  I'm not sure I get the relevance (0+ / 0-)

          of that statement.

          •  My point is that you should know better given (1+ / 0-)
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            the fact that the media is using the same excuses to tear down our current Democratic candidate.

            "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

            by blueintheface on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 08:18:57 AM PDT

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            •  I don't really think that's the case (0+ / 0-)

              but okay.

              •  As a Clark organizer in my area, I can tell you (4+ / 0-)

                that it didn't matter what we did, we weren't going to get the coverage.

                While we were having meetups and events and asking the  local news to cover it, they ignored me but covered Dean's people doing the same thing. We had 10+ tables of Wes Clark supporters at the Virginia JJ dinner yelling and screaming for Wes, but the media covered the students that the Edwards campaign bussed in who didn't even have seats. And a Center for Media and Public Affairs study showed both Kerry and Edwards were getting overwhelmingly positive coverage in the primaries. While Dean was the only other candidate they studied, if they had bothered to look at Clark, they would have found him on the business end of the media's coverage right along side Dean.

                It's water under the bridge now, but it doesn't change the fact that we were up against a lot more than just whether Clark was a good campaigner or not.

                "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

                by blueintheface on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 08:42:39 AM PDT

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      •  I may be a Clark zealot, as you put it. But (3+ / 0-)

        that is because I see the ruination of empire building threatening to take this country off the rails.
        I am travelling in Canada right now and the Conservative Canadian premier is a chip off of Bush's shoulder.

        He is cutting down on arts grants to those who do not reinforce the "party line".

        This is reminiscent of the cutting grants to PBS etc. in the U.S.

        The political pressure is to stifle any criticism that may threaten the global multinationals and policies that fatten their profits.

        Clark has been inside the bowels of the military industrial complex and understands that unbridled conquest on behalf of that behemoth threatens the tenets of our democracy.
        He is for transparency, the rule of law and legitimacy based on justice and fairness.

        Bush pulled back a curtain for us and this is our chance to shift course onto a sustainable path.
        That would require facing the truth about a son of empire McCain...Clark has the strength and integrity to do that.

        That is why, as you put it, I am a zealot.

        But I am really a realist who is quite saddened today as I see the grip of empire winnning regardless who wins in November because we are unwilling to face the truth.

    •  ignored? (1+ / 0-)
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      Feanor

      He came in with all the media attention one could ever seek by delaying his entrance into the campaign, at a time when no one was dominating the field.  And he blew the opportunity.

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