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Thursday, February 12, 2004


Clark to endorse Kerry

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, February 12, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
early reports are that Clark will oin Kerry on te trail tomorrow in Wisconsin:

Wesley Clark will endorse presidential contender John Kerry, a high-profile boost for the front-runner as he looks to wrap up the party's nomination, according to Democratic officials.

With next week's Wisconsin primary looming, Clark plans to join Kerry at a campaign stop in Madison, Wis., Friday to make a formal endorsement, said officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Clark spokesman Matt Bennett would not confirm the endorsement, and would only say, "General Clark is looking forward to going to Wisconsin to be with Senator Kerry."

well, there goes my Dean/Clark ticket :) I had gambled that Clark would gamble on the chance of being someone's VP rather than settling for a cabinet post, but he's decided to play it safe. I doubt Clark will be offerred a VP slot under Kerrry, but then again, who knows? Maybe the "all-military" ticket is attractive to the shadowy Democratic Party puppet masters.

I am curious what Clark grassroots supporters think of this, but unfortunately there hasn't been much activity at the various Clark forums that I went looking for.

More than ever, I believe Dean has to carry on. He is already credited with transforming the rhetoric of the Democratic establishment candidates. Now he has to push through to the ocnvention, continuing to amass delegates, so that he can hold the others to that rhetoric. If Dean can become the Shadow Kerry (as opposed to Edwards the Anti-Kerry) then he may be able to influence the party platform at the convention and shape the debate for the general election.

Wisconsin is one week away. If Dean wins, it will have been a landmark primary. But even if Dean doesn't take the first spot, we should still consider it part of the route to which we achieve the goal we all share - taking this country back.


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