The Beltway Bandit

An online journal of politics, culture, and sports

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

KERRY UP, CLARK OUT -- It's a big night for John Kerry. He won in the final place that had eluded him, the south. Virginia was a huge win, with about 51% going for Kerry. In Tennessee, Kerry won about 41% of the vote. In both states John Edwards came in second.

General Clark bowed to the inevitable and will withdraw from the race. He's a first class American. I hope to see him in a prominent place within the Kerry administration.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

BUSH SUPPORTS SHIFT OF JOBS OVERSEAS -- That's right, Mr Bush supports the shift of jobs overseas.
The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said Monday.

The embrace of foreign outsourcing, an accelerating trend that has contributed to U.S. job losses in recent years and has become an issue in the 2004 elections, is contained in the president's annual report to Congress on the health of the economy.

"Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade," said N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared the report. "More things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that's a good thing."
Oooh, boy, I hope the Kerry campaign is paying attention to that!

VIRGINIA & TENNESSEE -- Virginia and Tennessee voters cast their ballots today and every poll out there shows John Kerry leading in both states. His leads vary from nine points to over 20 points in every poll. The bigger the victory the better, but any victories down there will do. A southern sweep tonight should put to bed any reasonable doubts about how the nominee is going to be.

THE BADGER STATE -- According to a new American Research Group poll, John Kerry enjoys a huge lead over his Democratic rivals in Wisconsin. Kerry leads all Dems with the support of 41% of Wisconsin voters right now. Undecided is in second place with 21%, Wesley Clark is third with 15%, John Edwards is fourth with 10% and Howard Dean is fifth with nine percent. [This last figure is particularly noticeable considering Dean has been camped out in the state for several days while the other three serious candidates have been looking for votes down south in today's Virginia and Tennessee primaries.] Kerry leads all Dems with a 53% approval rating from Wisconsin voters, while Dean must grapple with the fact that almost twice as many Wisconsin voters dislike him [37%] as like him [20%].

Meanwhile, a new Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll puts Kerry at 45%, with Wesley Clark at 13%, Dean at 12% and John Edwards with nine percent.

The new University of Wisconsin poll is even better for John Kerry. In that poll, Kerry leads all Dems with 62% support, with Dean at 13% and Edwards with 11 percent. Either way, it looks like a romp for John Kerry in the Land of Cheese.

Monday, February 09, 2004

THIS LIE BROUGHT TO YOU BY... -- the same people who gave you the last lie. That's the news from the campaign trail today. George W. Bush, eager to break through the negative news cycle it is currently enduring, is making the breathtaking promise of creating 2.6 million new jobs this year. On the stump in Virginia, John Kerry replied:
"I've got a feeling this report was prepared by the same people who brought us the intelligence on Iraq," Kerry said to laughter from the crowd.
Indeed, future Mr President.

KERRY LEADS BIG IN VA, TENN -- Despite the media drumbeat that John Kerry cannot win in the south, new Zogby polls in Virginia and Tennessee show the front runner with huge leads in both states, as they head to the polls tomorrow. In Virginia, Kerry commands more support now than the next three candidates [Edwards, Clark, Dean] combined. In Tennessee, Kerry commands exactly as much support as the next three candidates combined. Solid wins in Virginia and Tennessee will silence the Democratic critics that John Kerry cannot compete in the south, and will probably knock either Wes Clark or John Edwards out of the race. Dean will hang on until Wiscosin at least, where his campaigning now and is making his last stand.

REAL THREATS AND INVENTED ONES -- The New York Times today rightly excoriates Mr Bush for his dismal "Meet the Press" interview which aired Sunday morning. Go read it.

AWOL? -- Where was George W Bush in late 1972 and 1973? Kevin Drum has got the goods.

KERRY MARCHES ON -- And his Dem rivals are scrambling. Dean, languishing in single digits, continues to insist he will turn things around in Wisconsin, but has stopped saying he will drop out of the race if he does not win that state. Edwards and Clark are now preparing themselves for losses in Tennessee or Virginia or both--states both candidates proclaimed as must-win firewalls against the Kerry juggernaut only days ago.

And back here in Washington, D.C., the Idiot Prince is on the run.