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A collection of articles focusing on the Bush/Kerry contest, including links related to the earlier Democratic candidates' competition for their party's nomination in the 2004 Presidential elections.

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December 30, 2004
Jesse Jackson: 'We Will Not Faint': As bloggers continue to spin conspiracy theories about a victory stolen from Democratic candidate John Kerry, the Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a Monday rally in Columbus to protest alleged voting irregularities. more...

December 22, 2004
Ohio Electoral Fight Becomes 'Biggest Deal Since Selma' As Gop Stonewalls: As Republican officials stonewall subpoenas and subvert the recount process, Rev. Jesse Jackson has pronounced Ohio's vote fraud fiasco "the biggest deal since Selma" and has called for a national rally at "the scene of the crime" in Columbus January 3. more...

December 19, 2004
Good-Will Is Low for Social Security Talks: The parties have not been this far apart ideologically on Capitol Hill for decades, some analysts say. And many Democrats assert that the last four years under Mr. Bush have only deepened the division and mistrust. more...

December 15, 2004
Proof of Ohio Election Fraud Exposed: Among activists and investigators looking into allegations of vote fraud in the 2004 Presidential election, the company always mentioned was Diebold...As it turns out, everyone was looking the wrong way. The company that requires immediate and penetrating scrutiny is Triad Systems. more...

Issue of November 11, 2004
The Triumph of the Religious Right? A moral majority? Not really. It may look like that, but look at the figures: the moralists' share of the electorate was only 22%. Liberals should think again before despairing. more...

November 14, 2004
The American Pie and How it Was Sliced: `Red states. Blue states.' That was the mantra during the presidential campaign, a suggestion that everything was either Republican or Democrat. Here is how the red state, blue state comparison actually breaks down. more...

November 14, 2004
GOP Mostly Pays Lip Service on Moral Issues: Voters who care deeply about conservative versions of "moral issues" already have evidence that their passions are not his priorities in a second term. more...

November 14, 2004
On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue in a Landslide: There's only one problem with the storyline proclaiming that the country swung to the right on cultural issues in 2004. Like so many other narratives that immediately calcify into our 24/7 media's conventional wisdom, it is fiction. more...

November 8, 2004
That Was No Mandate: The fundamental objection to Republicans' claim of a clear mandate for an ambitious domestic agenda is, put simply, a bait and switch. If one can bear to recall events of only a week ago, the Republican campaign was based on two main pillars: fear and mud. more...

November 8, 2004
Worse Than 2000: Tuesday's Electoral Disaster: The Help America Vote Act appears to have gone a long way towards making things worse by orders of magnitude. It introduced paperless electronic touch-screen voting machines to millions of voters across the country. There were more than 1,100 reports of electronic voting machine malfunctions. more...

November 7, 2004
How Americans Voted: A Political Portrait: A lot like last time, only more so: That is the picture that emerges of George W. Bush's winning majority in the 2004 presidential election. He held on to the votes of most of the groups that supported him in 2000, while making inroads among a few that did not. (Graphic shows detailed breakdown of the electorate.) more...

November 3, 2004
Winning On Fear Itself, the Gop Is Ready To Take the Country Even Farther Right: Now Bush can pursue the dreams he campaigned for -- the use of U.S. military might to bring God's gift of freedom to the world, with no more "global tests," and at home the enactment of the imperatives of "the right God." The international system of collective security forged in World War II and tempered in the Cold War is a thing of the past. more...

November 1, 2004
Crowd Control Key At Final Bush Rallies: Bush supporters are not allowed to bring their own posters, as the Bush camp wants to control the pictures shown later on television news. more...

November 1, 2004
Frantic Presidential Race Ends With a Flood of Ads: The presidential campaign was coming to a close in an epic cacophony of advertisements striking notes of hope and fear, patriotism and betrayal as the candidates headed Sunday into a two-day sprint to sway an electorate that remained stubbornly deadlocked. more...

October 31, 2004
Focus Narrowing as Close Contest Nears Finish Line: The 2004 presidential campaign is ending as it began, focused with blazing intensity on no more than a dozen hard-fought states, with the tinglingly close contest between President Bush and Senator John Kerry depending most, both parties agree, on three pivotal states: Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. more...

October 27, 2004
Computer Analysis Shows 33 Ways Election Could Be Tied: Tuesday's election will probably be decided in 11 states where polls currently show the race too tight to predict a winner. And, assuming the other states go as predicted, a computer analysis finds no fewer than 33 combinations in which those 11 states could divide to produce a 269 to 269 electoral tie. more...

October 25, 2004
101 Points to Ponder Before Taking to the Polls: "Nixon was a professional politician, and I despised everything he stood for -- but if he were running for president this year against the evil Bush-Cheney gang, I would happily vote for him." – Hunter S. Thompson more...

October 25, 2004
Neck and Neck Around the Country: The presidential campaign has been characterized as a battle in a few closely contested states, but this election also reveals how voters are polarized by region. The coasts are leaning toward John Kerry, while Southern, Plains and Rocky Mountain states are providing President Bush with his firmest support. more...

October 25, 2004
Know Where He Stands? Guess Again: Researchers studying the electorate say it's clear that many Americans are unknowingly supporting candidates who disagree with them on some important issues. more...

October 24, 2004
Bush and Kerry Focus Campaigns on 11 Key States: President Bush and Senator John Kerry move into the last days of the presidential contest in agreement that the race has come down to just 11 states, and have laid out plans for a barrage of visits and television advertisements across this final battleground between now and Nov. 2. more...

October 24, 2004
Why I'm voting for John Kerry: I've never done it before, and I hope I never have to do it again. But President Bush has made an irresistible case against his own re-election. His first term has been one of the most dismal and costly failures of any presidency. His second promises to be even worse. more...

October 19, 2004
Bush Leads. Make That Kerry. Why Can't the Pollsters Agree? The differing conclusions reflect how different pollsters use complex formulas to interpret very similar findings among self-described registered voters and try to come up with a result they think best accounts for who will actually show up at the polls. more...

first posted October 17, 2004
New York Times Endorses Kerry | Chicago Tribune Endorses Bush: Significant editorial endorsements are posted at this link. more...

October 15, 2004
A Television Event That Delivered High Drama and Garnered High Ratings: Despite competition from two baseball playoff games, the third and final presidential debate, held Wednesday night in Tempe, drew more than 51 million viewers - more than watched any of the presidential debates in 2000 or 1996. more...

October 15, 2004
Nader Emerging as the Threat Democrats Feared: With less than three weeks before the election, Ralph Nader is emerging as just the threat that Democrats feared, with a potential to tip the balance in up to nine states where President Bush and Senator John Kerry are running neck and neck. more...

October 13, 2004
Buzzflash Editorial: The Battle of Bush's Bulge: To many BuzzFlash readers, the most immediate question has been what rectangular object was riding on Bush's back in the first debate? He seems to have had something attached to his back, Buzzflash argues, and goes on to say, "The media has no spine." more...

Posted October 13, 2004
New York Times Series on Bush's Political Issues: This is the first of a five-part series (links to other four articles included.) more...

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Bush's Hometown Paper Endorses Kerry: The Iconoclast urges Texans not to rate the candidate by his hometown or even his political party, but instead by where he intends to take the country. The Iconoclast wholeheartedly endorses John Kerry. more...

October 8, 2004
Bush's Isolation From Reporters Could Be a Hindrance Some presidential advisers worry that he could pay price during debates for being overprotected. more...

October 4, 2004
The Post-Debate Contest: Swaying Perceptions: For all their efforts to prepare the candidates for the debates, the campaigns have been just as determined to mount energetic efforts on another front: to influence the press, and public, perceptions of the encounter before they take hold across cable and network news, newspapers, the Internet and late-night comedy shows. more...

October 3, 2004
Debate Leads to Shifts in Strategy: A newly energized battle for the White House heads into a crucial two-week period with John F. Kerry planning to capitalize on the momentum from a strong debate performance by shifting the focus to President Bush's economic record, while the president revives his attack on Kerry's foreign policy credentials. more...

October 2, 2004
Winning the War of Words: In the battle over political language, the "flip-flop" tag is but the latest GOP victory. Progressive linguist George Lakoff explains how Democrats can reframe the debate. more...

September 26, 2004
Quick. Change the Brand. In Five Weeks. Kerry could use a new message to move up in the polls, but any new message leaves him vulnerable to accusations of flip-flopping. How do you reposition a candidate whose commonly perceived weakness, fairly or not, is his penchant for repositioning? And how do you do it so late in the campaign? more...

September 26, 2004
Welcome to the Campaign That Makes 'Selling' a President Look Good: When it was published in 1969, "The Selling of the President" caused a scandal. But in an era when campaigns are increasingly based on unselling the opponent through vicious negative advertising, the idea of actually trying to sell the president seems almost refreshing. more...

September 19, 2004
He's Got Facts, She's Fascinated: Another gender gap has appeared, this time on a poll testing men's and women's knowledge of issues in the presidential campaign. On the eight-question quiz administered to 1,845 adults, men were more likely on every question to give the right answer. more...

September 18, 2004
Varying Polls Reflect Volatility, Experts Say: Experts say disparities in the polls are not unusual at this stage of a campaign and reflect both a volatile electorate and methodological differences between the polling organizations. more...
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September 15, 2004
Vote Drives Gain Avid Attention of Youth in '04: Surveys show that interest in the election among the young is near the highest level it has reached at any time since 18- to 20-year-olds were given the vote in 1972. more...

August 25, 2004
Mr. Soros Goes at Washington: Billionaires have long used the weight of their money to effect change, through philanthropy and, yes, politics. But perhaps none has set so overt a political agenda as Soros has this year. more...

August 24, 2004
An Ad Campaign Asserts a Bush-Nader Alliance: A new advertising campaign satirizing the Republican financial support of Ralph Nader's independent campaign for the presidency sums up the effort this way: Bush-Nader '04. more...

August 22, 2004
Going Negative: When It Works: Bush has spent the majority of the $100+ million he has spent on TV ads attacking Kerry. Mr. Kerry and the other Democratic primary contenders seemed to spend the fall and early winter in a contest to see who could jibe Mr. Bush the most. more...

August 12, 2004
Campaign ads: Who listens? The two campaigns and their allies have spent more than $250 million in ads thus far in an election cycle that features unparalleled intensity, unusually early. And in the end, all this message-mongering sways very few votes. more...

August 10, 2004
Terrorism Fears No Longer Helping Bush, Study Finds While political pundits seem to agree that news of terrorist threats and other dangers from abroad is good news for President Bush's re-election bid, the opposite might be true. more...

August 8, 2004
Swing States: New Hampshire – Where Four Electoral Votes Could Loom Large Again: The race is so close that the months before the November election may be as lively here as the presidential primaries that put New Hampshire in the political spotlight every four years. Both campaigns say they plan to go all out here. more...

July 30, 2004
Speeches to the Democratic National Convention: The full texts of remarks made by some of the convention speakers, as reported by the New York Times. more...

The Nation: Issue of August 2, 2004
A People's Democratic Platform: 31 Planks and a Passion: The Nation asked a disparate group of people – ranging from retired newsman Walter Cronkite to hip-hop activist Bakari Kitwana– what plank each of them would like to propose. Their answers were by turns provocative, quirky and unexpected. more...

July 25, 2004
Wiring the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy: Rarely has a presidential campaign been this intense, this polarized, this partisan, this early. The conventions historically begin the general election season, ending a lull after the primary season has wound down. But for months now, the general election battle has been fully joined. more...

July 25, 2004
Voters Are Very Settled, Intense and Partisan, and It's Only July: Rarely has a presidential campaign been this intense, this polarized, this partisan, this early. The conventions historically begin the general election season, ending a lull after the primary season has wound down. But for months now, the general election battle has been fully joined. more...

July 14, 2004
Democrats Hope to Retake South with Women: "More women vote than men, and they have been almost embarrassingly underrepresented in ... Congress. Even men are getting increasingly comfortable with women in leadership," says South Carolina Democratic party chairman Joe Erwin, who says he's actively recruiting women for positions across the ticket. "That's part of our future success, women running as Democrats. I almost hope Republicans don't figure it out," he adds. more...

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July 20, 2004
Even in a Swing State, Views Are Hardened: Part Five of Five "Purple" states like Pennsylvania are not reliably tilted toward a single party. But that doesn't mean the nation's purple states aren't exhibiting the effects of polarization. In fact, in some ways, the red-blue divide shows up with even greater intensity. more...

July 19, 2004
Different News For Different Views: Part Four of Five From the conservative Fox News Channel to the liberal radio startup Air America to political blogs of every philosophical stripe, Americans can now pick and choose a news source to fit their ideological bent. Even the big screen, these days, offers up politically charged fare - most notably with Michael Moore's "Farehnheit 9/11." more...

July 16, 2004
Suburb Shift Turns Illinois Blue: Part Three of Five For decades, it was the classic swing state, voting for the winning presidential candidate 22 of 25 times in the 20th century -- for Nixon, Reagan, and Ford. But lately, the state has grown steadily more Democratic and is no longer considered in contention in presidential politics. Voters went for Gore over Bush by a surprising 12-point margin in 2000. more...

July 15, 2004
Republican America: How Georgia Went 'Red': Part Two of Five Once part of the solid Democratic South - giving John F. Kennedy the second-highest percentage of any state in 1960, and as recently as 1992 backing Bill Clinton - Georgia now sits securely on the "red" side of the political divide. more...

July 14, 2004
Inside Red-and-Blue America: Part One of Five Of all the forces governing this campaign, the greatest may not be the candidates themselves or the jolt of external events but something far more basic: The split personality of the US electorate. The election is being played out on a political landscape more sharply - and evenly - divided than any other in generations. more...

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July 18, 2004
Seeking Voters Through Habits in TV Viewing: Crime shows appeal to the Bush campaign because of its interest in reaching out to Republican men who are attracted to such programming. By contrast, the Kerry campaign is more interested in concentrating on single women, who tend to be drawn to shows with softer themes. more...

June 27, 2004
Ryan's Ruin: He Figured All the Angles Save One: The campaign apparatus Ryan set up was a tightly controlled one, with rank-and-file workers denied access to the candidate and dissent over issues and tactics--including talking about the release of the court files--not tolerated. One former associate said the campaign divided sharply along the lines of "you're with us or against us." more...

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June 22, 2004
Bush Loses Advantage in War on Terrorism: Anxiety over mounting casualties in Iraq and doubts about long-term consequences of the war continue to rise and have helped to erase Bush's advantage over Kerry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. more...

June 22, 2004
Kerry Gets Iacocca Endorsement: the former Chrysler Corp. chairman endorsed and appeared in ads for Bush in 2000. Today he endorsed John Kerry. "This is a huge for us politically in terms of how business leaders perceive the parties," Kerry policy director Sarah Bianchi said. "He wants to be an active part of our campaign." more...

June 20, 2004
Democrats Work Together to Build an Anti-Bush Platform: Among party members drafting the Democratic platform, there were no flare-ups, rude banners or angry disagreements. Not even a whisper of discontent. It was a far cry from the days when Democrats regularly savaged one another over issues like the Vietnam War, civil rights and abortion. more...

June 20, 2004
G.O.P. Offensive Puts Small Dent in Kerry's Image: Bush's 90-day, $85-million campaign to weaken Mr. Kerry's candidacy was unusual in its early timing, its toughness and the decision of Bush to personally engage his opponent so far before November. Analysts say that while Bush raised doubts about Kerry, he did not score much damage. Bush and Kerry are tied in the polls, while Kerry has eclipsed Bush in his fund-raising over the same period. more...

June 11, 2004
Undecided Voter Is Becoming the Focus of Both Political Parties: Only about 5 percent of the voting public is undecided, about one-third of what is typical at this point in the campaign. That figure increases to about 15 percent when pollsters include supporters of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Bush who say they might change their minds. In addition to those who are torn between the two major-party candidates, and possibly Ralph Nader, there is a sizable number of Americans who are deciding whether to vote at all. more...

June 3, 2004
Bush Campaign Seeks Help From Thousands of Congregations: The Bush campaign is seeking to enlist thousands of religious congregations around the country in distributing campaign information and registering voters, according to an e-mail message sent to members of the clergy. more...

May 22, 2004
Coming to our senses? What the president's declining approval ratings suggest about Americans' judgment -- and the prospects for redefeating Bush. more...

May 18, 2004
Kerry Vies for Screen Time: Kerry's Topeka appearance barely caused a blip on the national news media radar, even though he was paired against President Bush in ceremonies there, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Kerry got a one-sentence summary on the "CBS Evening News" and a two-sentence summary on "NBC Nightly News." ABC's "World News Tonight" aired a two-sentence sound bite -- to Bush's three. more...

May 12, 2004
Candidates Face Sprawling and Complex Electoral Map: President Bush and Senator John Kerry are pouring resources into more than 20 states in a struggle to master what both sides describe as one of the largest and most complex electoral playing fields in nearly 20 years. more...

May 9, 2004
Kerry's Words, and Bush's Use of Them, Offer Valuable Lesson: When Kerry said, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion — before I voted against it," his remark became a case study in the realities of presidential politics – in an era where television cameras are always rolling and advertisements can be re-cut and put on the air as quick as a mouse-click. more...

April 25, 2004
Political Split Is Pervasive: Six months before Election Day, polls find Bush in a very tight race with Kerry among a sharply divided electorate. Seven in ten voters say they have already made up their minds and cannot be swayed. more...

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April 19, 2004
Lack of Resolution in Iraq Finds Conservatives Divided: Sociologists, anthropologists, historians and other scholars gathered at the University of California for a conference on Wal-Mart. Like archaeologists who pick over artifacts to understand an ancient society, the scholars here were examining Wal-Mart for insights into the very nature of American capitalist culture. more...

April 17, 2004
Below the Campaign Radar, a Values War: Advocacy groups on the left and the right are mobilizing furiously around hot-button social issues, convinced that the country is at a turning point on them, and that the consensus of the next election could be locked in for a generation, because of the number of judges the next president will appoint. more...

Newsweek Issue of April 12, 2004
Democratic Spinmeisters Offer Kerry a Remedy: Kerry's been offstage for a few weeks. Democratic wise guys have been muttering anonymously about lost momentum and offering unsolicited advice. Newsweek offers advice from the kibitzers: more...

March 6, 2004
Another Crude GOP Slur Aimed at Kerry: With a campaign of distortion and lies, the right-wing smear machine is trying to impugn the military honor of John Kerry. more...

February 29, 2004
For Kerry and Edwards – Much Bears Repeating: One of the pitfalls of being the front-runner is that more people have caught your stump speech in its various forms. This article takes a look at some of the themes that Kerry and Edwards have come to rely on. more...

February 3, 2004
A Winning Kerry Loosens Up, and Crowds React: To see him on the stump these days is to conduct an unscientific but revealing study in candidate development and crowd psychology. Mr. Kerry says most of the same things he has been saying for weeks or even months, but he says them better and now that he is the Democratic front-runner the crowds respond in kind. more...

February 1, 2004
Missteps Pulled a Surging Dean Back to Earth: Dr. Dean, whose remarkable ascent from asterisk to leader in the polls dominated the campaign for much of last year, may yet mount a formidable challenge for the nomination. But as Democrats weigh the slide of Dr. Dean, the former Vermont governor, from likely nominee back to long shot, they say his unraveling had its origins in a mix of mistakes as well as in the unavoidable difficulties of life as a front-runner in a crowded field. more...

February 1, 2004
With Cry of 'Bring It On,' Kerry Regained His Campaign Footing: "If George Bush wants to make national security an issue in this campaign, I have three words for him that I know he'll understand," Mr. Kerry said, in language that became his new rallying cry and started him on the two-month march toward his stunning comeback in the Iowa caucuses and his decisive victory in New Hampshire last week. "Bring it on!" more...

January 23, 2004
New Hampshire – Graveyard of Pollsters: New Hampshire is as hard on pollsters as for the candidates, where bad methodology, bad timing or simply bad luck have produced some of the most memorable miscues in the annals of polling. more...

January 18, 2004
The New Electoral Sex Symbol – Nascar Dad: He's defined as a blue-collar wage earner (rural? urban? suburban? just bourbon?) disaffected with politics and parties and willing to throw a vote to the candidate who speaks to his needs. Jobs, education, health care and so forth. Which way he feels on which issues, though, remains a mystery. more...

January 18, 2004
Dudgeons and Dragons – Dean's Fifteen Minutes: Dean has a problem with his mythic arc. Presidential campaigns trace the patterns of mythological adventure, as contenders strive to show they are superior in the knightly virtues of temperance, loyalty and courage. more...

January 18, 2004
All the Presidents' Numbers: George W. Bush's re-election look very good. No single indicator guarantees a second term, of course, but on balance the president's numbers are as good if not better than those of the three presidents who won second terms in recent times. more...

January 18, 2004
Fixing Democracy: Throughout this presidential election year, the New York Times will be taking a close look at the mechanics of our democracy and highlighting aspects that cry out for reform. Among the key issues: more...

January 9, 2004
Kerry Seeks Momentum From Focus on Experience: He promises to rescue the economy, education, health care and the environment. He says he will take back the flag for Democrats and take the fight to the Republicans as only a decorated war veteran and seasoned foreign policy hand could. And yet, in the climax of his forceful, upbeat stump speech these days, after the stentorian rebukes of President Bush and the scornful derision of Howard Dean, there remains a plaintive note in Senator John Kerry's appeal to voters. more...

January 7, 2004
Edwards Promises a Positive Vision and to Change the 'Two Americas': Democratic Party officials devised their primary calendar for 2004 to quickly produce a nominee who could escape the battering that has hobbled so many presidential candidates over the years. It's possible that the Democrats may get their early nominee, but it now appears likely to be someone bruised by the nominating fight and confronted with the challenge of uniting a deeply divided party. more...

January 4, 2004
Dean Narrowing His Separation of Church and Stump: "I'm pretty religious," he responded the other day in Waterloo, Iowa. "I pray every day, but I'm from New England, so I just keep it to myself. "Don't you think Jerry Falwell reminds you a lot more of the Pharisees than he does of the teachings of Jesus?" he added. "And don't you think this campaign ought to be about evicting the money-changers from the temple?" more...

January 1, 2004
Democrats' Plan for Early Nominee May Be Costly: Democratic Party officials devised their primary calendar for 2004 to quickly produce a nominee who could escape the battering that has hobbled so many presidential candidates over the years. It's possible that the Democrats may get their early nominee, but it now appears likely to be someone bruised by the nominating fight and confronted with the challenge of uniting a deeply divided party. more...

December 29, 2003
Democrats Buy Airtime to Explain Views: Democrats running for president can't fully explain their views on foreign policy, health care or national security in debates, nor in commercials that last only 30 seconds, or brief interviews. To compensate, some of the candidates are buying half-hour blocks of airtime in early primary and caucus states... more...

December 29, 2003
The Character Myth – Democrats Must Present a Different Version of a Safe World: Bush's handlers project the President as a man of character... a man who is strong and moral, who sticks to his principles and is capable of making tough decisions. This phenomenon was foretold by media philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who warned: "Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be." more...

December 28, 2003
The New Republicans – a New York Times Editorial: The Republican Party has been in charge of the national agenda for almost three years now — Democratic majorities in Congress don't crimp George W. Bush's style the way they did for his father or Ronald Reagan when they were in office. We have thus had an unobstructed view of what the 21st-century version of the party looks like. It's very clear this is not the father's G.O.P. more...

December 23, 2003
For Mrs. Clinton, Listening Subsides and Talk Is Louder: In the last several weeks, it has been all Mrs. Clinton almost all the time. She has made a string of high-profile appearances — visiting troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, giving back-to-back interviews on the Sunday morning political programs and delivering speeches to prominent foreign policy experts in Manhattan. more...


December 8, 2003
Lieberman Versus Hollywood: first in a series – Lieberman's attacks on Hollywood brought him national attention and eventually positioned him as both an effective critic and defender of President Bill Clinton at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998. Lieberman's reputation as a successful proponent of values and morality was a factor in the decision by Al Gore to name Lieberman his running mate in 2000. more...

December 12, 2003
In Braun-Helms Fight, Senate Searched Soul: second in a series – When Sen. Carol Moseley Braun fought the renewal of a federal patent for the insignia of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the result was one of the Senate's most dramatic days in years, including a rare burst of soul-searching rhetoric about how black and white Americans view their history and an equally rare defeat for the powerful Senator Jesse Helms at the hands of a freshman. more...

December 17, 2003
Clark's Role in Kosovo Exemplifies His Traits: third in a series – A detailed examination of Clark's role in the war and his tenure as NATO's senior military officer from 1997 to 2000 shows that three of Clark's most prominent traits -- his willingness to defy convention, his persistence and his occasionally grating self-confidence in matters small and large -- not only influenced his advocacy of the war, but also helped alienate some of his superiors. more...

December 21, 2003
Dean's Care For All, Built Part by Part: fourth in a series – A detailed examination of Clark's role in the war and his tenure as NATO's senior military officer from 1997 to 2000 shows that three of Clark's most prominent traits -- his willingness to defy convention, his persistence and his occasionally grating self-confidence in matters small and large -- not only influenced his advocacy of the war, but also helped alienate some of his superiors. more...

December 24, 2003
Kucinich Stresses Civil Liberties: fifth in a series – Civil liberties may seem an improbable rallying cry for a presidential campaign. But Kucinich is an improbable candidate for the highest office: a maverick who takes pride in challenging authority. The Bush administration, he tells all who will listen, is encroaching on citizens' privacy rights.... more...

December 27, 2003
Gephardt Keeps Talking Trade: sixth in a series – Gephardt and his campaign aides are loath to say that trade is the focal point of his campaign. They prefer to put the issue into the broader context of a return to prosperity, a context that encompasses his ideas on health care, education, pension portability and energy independence. But... more...

December 21, 2003
Napster Runs for President in '04: The political establishment has been blindsided by the Internet's growing sophistication as a political tool — and therefore blindsided by the Dean campaign — much as the music industry establishment was by file sharing and the major movie studios were by "The Blair Witch Project." more...

December 18, 2003
Poll Shows Candidates Failing to Move Democratic Primary Voters: Three years after one of the most disputed presidential contests in the nation's history, Americans remain polarized and divided as they approach the 2004 White House election. But most voters, including most Democrats, are largely unmoved by any of the nine Democrats who are seeking to unseat President Bush, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll. more...

December 15, 2003
Why I'm for Dean by William Greider: Dean learned in Vermont that you don't win elections by keeping the people at a safe distance. You can't do it in that state, even if you try. He governed with strong, well-organized progressives and environmentalists on one flank, conservative business interests on the other. He collected a lot of lumps and resentments, many compromises and setbacks, in ten years as governor. He also learned how to stand his ground in a fight. more...

December 15, 2003
Clark's True Colors: The Nation Takes a Dim View: The imagery of the stalwart warrior reluctantly accepting the laurels offered by the Draft Clark movement is very consciously encouraged by the Clark campaign, and especially by Clark himself, who makes no secret of being a student of this kind of history. more...

December 9, 2003
Gore Backs Dean in '04 Race: Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean for president today, saying that Dr. Dean had ignited an enthusiasm that had the chance to "rebuild the Democratic party and to rebuild America." The move has rocked the Democratic presidential field and hastened Dr. Dean's evolution from a long-shot maverick to a leading candidate of the Democratic establishment. more...

December 2, 2003
Hollywood Searches for a Democratic Star: Major contributors and fundraisers in Hollywood make the entertainment industry a key part of the national political fundraising system. The movie, music and television industries have contributed nearly $150 million in federal races since the 1990 election cycle. That total places the entertainment industry eighth on the list of 100 "industries" tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics. more...

December 1, 2003
Shifts in States May Give Bush Electoral Edge: Beyond issues like Iraq and the economy is one political reality already shaping next year's presidential race: If President Bush carries the same states in 2004 that he won in 2000, he will win seven more electoral votes. That means the Republicans have a slight margin of error in 2004 while the Democrats will have to scramble just to pull even. more...

December 4, 2003
Early Flood of Political Ads Saturates Airwaves in Iowa: Viewers can hardly turn on a television here without seeing Senator John Kerry talking about his recent bout with prostate cancer, Representative Richard A. Gephardt vowing to fight for the middle class or Howard Dean emphasizing his opposition to the Iraq war. more...

November 13, 2003
For Gephardt, Congress Role Is Both Platform and Hurdle: Part 1 of a series The time is right for his economic message, he argues, and for a revival of the great Democratic cause of universal health insurance. And after the experience of his 1988 presidential campaign, he knows the challenges and the rhythms of the race, "the ebbs and flows of the thing," that "people go up, people go down." more...

November 23, 2003
General Clark on the Hustings: Complexity and Contradiction: Part 2 of a series Both people who admire Wesley Clark and those who do not are struck by his cerebral prowess and jumbo ambition. In judging him, people tend to diverge on his ambition: to what extent is it fired by altruism and to what extent by self-aggrandizement? Is he all about "duty," as he says, or is he all about "Wes," as some detractors say? Or some of both? more...

November 30, 2003
Storied Past, Golden Résumé, but Mixed Reviews for Kerry: Part 3 of a series There have always been two parallel, conflicting interpretations of John Kerry's life and career. More than most politicians, he has battled an enduring gap in perceptions: there is the circle of longtime friends and family who know and love him, and then there is a more skeptical collection of colleagues, contemporaries and critics who seem more or less persuaded that he does not add up. more...

December 5, 2003
Sharpton Is Campaigning for Presidency and Influence: Part 4 of a series Al Sharpton, 49, is accustomed to defying expectations. Respecting the challenge of a presidential campaign is one thing; doubting himself is another. His friends say it is hard to overestimate his faith in his own ability. more...

December 8, 2003
A Centrist, Lieberman Fights for Votes in an Extremist Era: Part 5 of a series "Unfortunately for Joe," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's delegate to Congress and a critic of Iraq policy, "the war has become the Achilles' heel for the president and therefore it will be the Achilles' heel for anybody who embraced the president's view. And Joe is so principled that he reiterates his views on the war and gets booed for it." more...

December 18, 2003
In Seeking Presidency, Braun Could Win Back Reputation: Part 6 of a series She pays nine workers. She has no field offices in New Hampshire or Iowa. As of this fall, she had raised just $350,000 for the year — a speck in a sea of campaign cash. Hers certainly does not look like a realistic run to the White House. more...

December 28, 2003
From Patrician Roots, Dean Set Path of Prickly Independence: Part 7 of a series Dr. Dean has some Republicans worried that the characteristics he shares with President Bush could appeal to swing voters, especially when Dr. Dean's current image as a Vermont liberal is leavened with details of the fiscally conservative way he governed Vermont for 11 years. more...

January 2, 2004
Past Defeat and Personal Quest Shape Long-Shot Kucinich Bid: Part 8 of a series After a stunning political comeback that culminated with his election to the House of Representatives, Mr. Kucinich is seeking the White House on a platform of "nonviolence as an organizing principle of society."... His poll numbers are in the single digits... he has raised $5 million, vastly more than the Rev. Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley Braun, but a pittance compared to the $40 million raised by Howard Dean.

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August 1, 2003
The Poseur In Chief: Rep. Dick Gephardt made his best and perhaps his only significant contribution to defeating George Bush in 2004 last month, when he derided the president's "bring 'em on" challenge to Iraqi attacks on American forces. "Enough of the phony macho rhetoric," Gephardt shot back. The Missouri Democrat's line was more than just padded flight-suit envy. His jibe hints at the strategy that could put a Democrat back in the White House: convincing Americans that Bush is a phony. more...

August 8, 2003
Gore Says Bush Has Misled Americans: Former vice president Al Gore issued a broad indictment of President Bush yesterday, accusing the man who narrowly defeated him in 2000 of leading a "systematic effort" to mislead the American people about the war in Iraq, the state of the economy and the future of the global environment. more...

August 7, 2003
Pew Poll – Bush Increasingly Vulnerable: Bush's overall approval rating has declined to pre-Iraq war levels and his lead in a match-up with a hypothetical Democrat has narrowed to five points (43%-38%). Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) now say the economy - not terrorism - is the more important presidential priority. At the same time, Democratic candidates have made modest gains in visibility, and potential support, since early-July. more...

July 28, 2003
DLC Poll Says Democrats Lack Crucial Support to Beat Bush: Dramatic erosion in support among white men has left the Democrats in a highly vulnerable position and unless the party strongly repositions itself, President Bush will be virtually impossible to beat in 2004, according to a new poll commissioned for the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). more...

July 16, 2003
Howard Dean's Youth Machine: Not since McGovern has a Democratic candidate drawn a youth following the size of Howard Dean's - and that's got some in the party worried. more...

July 13, 2003
Kerry and Dean Set on a Collision Course: They skirmished briefly in the spring over patriotism, courage and the qualities required of a commander in chief in an age of terrorism. With Dean's sudden emergence, a decisive clash appears inevitable, one that will have a significant impact on the outcome of the Democratic race. more...

June 21, 2003
Democrats Laud Graham's Message Despite Doubts About the Messenger: Graham does have some Democratic Party insiders talking, and he appears to have encouraged some of his rivals for the nomination to chime in. "He's really got a bead on this thing," said one senior Washington Democrat of Graham's anti-Bush barrage. "He's absolutely got the right message." more...

June 21, 2003
Democrats see an opening in Bush's re-election armor: Democratic leaders are urging the party's presidential candidates to aggressively take the Bush administration to task for failing to find chemical or biological weapons in the seven weeks since the president declared an end to major combat in Iraq. more...

June 21, 2003
Two Years After White House Exit, Clintons Shaping Democratic Party: Thirty months after leaving the White House draped in controversy, the Clintons are again dominating Democratic politics in Washington and beyond. Former president Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are grabbing headlines almost daily, raising millions of dollars for Democratic campaigns and doling out political advice to all who will listen, which includes most of the leading candidates to challenge President Bush in 2004. more...

June 18, 2003
Gephardt is Gambling That Voters Will Relate to His Troubles: Gephardt is hardly the first candidate to weave aspects of his personal history into his campaign speeches.... But more than any other candidate, Gephardt's campaign narrative is an amalgam of his family's experiences and, often, its trials. more...

June 1, 2003
John Kerry – Hunter, Dreamer, Realist: Part 1 of 9 On his campaign message, the roots of his ambition, and his ability to connect with voters – on all three counts, Kerry is nuanced and often misconstrued. What makes him compelling as a person makes him vulnerable to opponents who say he lacks clarity as a candidate. more...

June 8, 2003
John Edwards – Running on The Story Of His Life: Part 2 of 9 As much as anyone in the nine-person Democratic field, Edwards is running on his autobiography. The narrative of his life provides a theme of great consistency and of potential force, a theme that would surely shape an Edwards presidency, should that ever occur. more...

June 15, 2003
Joe Lieberman – Centrist In Debt To JFK: Part 3 of 9 Throughout his career Lieberman has displayed a keen instinct for what will work, and the central message of his campaign for president is that he not only knows how to beat Bush, but also is the only Democrat who can do it. more...

June 22, 2003
Dennis Kucinich – Power Parable for an Unlikely Crusade: Part 4 of 9 Kucinich has a vision of how his administration would dismantle the corporate power structure he sees as destroying America's promise. more...

June 29, 2003
Al Sharpton – Outspoken Activist Takes National Stage: Part 5 of 9 He may not expect to win, necessarily, but he just might pull hundreds of thousands of black voters to the voting booth, take a southern primary or three, and cause some heartburn. "If I lose, I ain't going to be the only one," he says. "There will be [seven] others. And when I stand up, others can't be ignored." more...

July 6, 2003
Howard Dean – Short-Fused Populist, Breathing Fire at Bush: Part 6 of 9 Howard Dean was angry. Ropy veins popped out of his neck, blood rushed to his cheeks, and his eyes, normally blue-gray, flashed black, all dilated pupils. "The only hope Democrats have to beat this president," he said, his left fist punching the air, "is to behave like Democrats and stand up for what we believe!" more...

July 13, 2003
Carol Moseley Braun – On a Mission in a Political Second Act: Part 7 of 9 Returning to politics after a fall from grace that led to her defeat for reelection to the Senate, Braun, 55, is trying to prove that she can connect on a larger stage. more...

July 20, 2003
Dick Gephardt – A 'Moral' Mission In Political Final Act: Part 8 of 9 Championing the "ordinary" man and woman, Richard Andrew Gephardt, 62, is beginning the final act of his three-decade pursuit of greater national political power by proclaiming a newfound clarity and purpose. more...

July 27, 2003
Bob Graham – Changed By Terror, A Nice Guy Converted: Part 9 of 9 After decades of carefully leveraging the Power of Nice, Graham has developed an edge. The man who consoled his political foes after defeating them, who hired his opponents and cultivated friendships with his opposites is suddenly, and unrepentantly, turning combative. more...