DECEMBER 8, 2003 – Three pointed
confirmations of General Clark's rapid rise to frontrunner status,
which we reported in our Election 2004 roundup on Friday (see
There is nary a more left-leaning group
in California than the Los Angeles chapter of the CDC. They are so far left that
Congressman Dennis Kucinich was their favorite of the Democratic
Presidential hopefuls. That is, until General Clark's secret
weapon won an endorsement from their LA members this past Saturday afternoon. (note: The entire CDC chose not to endorse anyone at this time as no one garnered 60 percent. In our shock at getting the above report from our LA source, we orginially put it as an endorsement from the entire CDC, which is not accurate. All apologies.)
A General. A man of war. How
in God's name would the ultra-left California Democratic Council's
Los Angeles group come to endorse a moderate military man?
It has to be that they like the message.
Because this group that puts principle so far before practicality
that they would vote for the man who looks like a Star Trek extra
and uses his presidential campaign as a video dating service -
Kucinich - decided
to back General Clark instead.
That message, however, was delivered in
person to this LA group of the CDC by none other than Clark's greatest secret weapon: his
extremely eloquent, well-spoken, humble, and charming son, Wesley
Clark, Jr. Wes, Jr. showed up at the CDC convention this
Saturday in Los Angeles and turned this group who had found even Dean
too moderate into Clark-endorsing fools.
Odd? Wait, there's more.
Stonewall. Maybe you've heard of
the group. The Stonewall Democratic Club is one of the most
powerful, left-leaning Democratic groups in the nation. During
the 2000 Presidential elections Al Gore only took the time to visit
one Democratic club in California, and it was the Stonewall club
centered in Hollywood. The group is predominately a gay and
Now, this group made no bones about the
fact it intended to endorse Howard Dean. That had been a long
time coming, and on Saturday, it was just going to be a matter of
That is, until the General's secret
weapon showed up once again.
Wes Clark, Jr. brought the General's
humble, apparently appealing message to this group and stopped a
lone endorsement of Dean in its tracks. By the time the
meeting was over, the group had entirely changed course and decided
on a double endorsement of both Clark and Dean.
Yes, as we reported Friday, the Clark
steamroller is rapidly gathering speed. While the rest of the
press refuses to acknowledge this yet, the Republicans clearly have
noticed. For example, check out this excerpt from a conservative
website a campaign insider informed us of:
Give, Give, Give
To everyone who took up my call to
donate to Howard Dean in June, here's your new assignment:
Give all you can to
John Edwards and/or
The rationale is simple:
1. We still want Dean to be the nominee so that President Bush can
crush him and have long coattails.
2. The biggest threat to a Dean nomination is no longer Dick
Gephardt, John Kerry or John Edwards. It's Weasel Clark, for all
3. To help Dean, we have to bring down Clark's vote totals in the
crucial states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.
4. In New Hampshire, donating to neighbouring-son John Kerry will
help ensure that Clark won't surpass expectations by finishing
ahead of Kerry.
5. In South Carolina, Clark can be stopped by neighbouring-son
Donating online is easy. Just
click here to donate to Kerry or
click here to donate to Edwards.
Hmm. Maybe these guys just really
are pulling for Dean, Kerry, and Edwards, trying to help them out.
Or, maybe they know what we said was true. Before, when they
were just asking people to support Dean, you could make the argument
they were using reverse psychology to make it seem like they wanted
Dean when really they feared him the most. Now, that argument
no longer holds water; they could not possibly be using reverse
psychology against three campaigns simultaneously. Before they
just wanted to promote Dean because that is all they needed to do -
Dean was doing very well. But now, they have to try and stop
the surging Clark.
In fact, they quote a Slate column on
their site written by Mickey Kaus on the exact day I wrote my column
about Clark's coming surge in the polls.
Read the column I wrote analyzing the
upcoming elections just three days ago ( see
here ) and then click
to read the column Slate's Mickey Kaus posted that same day.
Mickey reaches an almost - eerily - identical analysis of the race,
placing Clark in a rapid leap into the number 2 spot and on course
to challenge Dean.
In his column, Mr. Kaus says he
consulted other supposed political experts and found "none" of them
agreed. Well, he must not have the definition of expert right.
It seems he needs to start reading The Moderate Independent if he
wants to hear from reporters who actually cover elections as they
are, and not just as some powerful company or political power wants
them to seem.
Stay tuned as we all will be laughing
together as we see, little by little, the rest of the press
reluctantly acknowledge what only The Moderate Independent and
Slate's Mickey Kaus are reporting so far: Clark is soaringly
on the rise and, very possibly, will be the one to walk off with the
Hey Mickey, all those "experts" will owe
us some drinks a few weeks down the road. Make mine a Kaluhua
on the rocks.