Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

August 8, 2003

by V

Historical Note

The field of Democratic candidates is being belittled by commentators as being way too big; they're "nine dwarves", etc.

Lest we forget, there were ten Republican candidates for the 2000 Presidential nomination:

Lamar Alexander
Gary Bauer
George Bush
Elizabeth Dole
Steve Forbes
Orrin Hatch
John Kasich
Alan Keyes
John McCain
Dan Quayle

(from Washingtonpost.com: White House 2000)

...and against that field of challengers, the establishment choice prevailed and succeeded in occupying the White House.

So how does the presence of nine Democrats make this a silly endeavour? How does it imply that all of them are unworthy of the office?

It doesn't. Reporters, columnists and especially webloggers just like to belittle things.
Posted by V at August 8, 2003 01:53 PM

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