"It's going to be difficult for Kerry to wrest control of these folks from the thrall of Bill Clinton," said veteran GOP strategist Rich Galen.(http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/president/2004-07-27-gop-kerry_x.htm)
Man, those guys are desperate. They've got nothing.
One of the great things about this year is the way even the competitive activities were, on another level, cooperative. It is widely said that Howard Dean helped to give the other candidates "spine," and, yes, that is so. I was against Dean, but am glad he was in the race.
I was for Clark, but after a point it was clear not just to me but to Clark himself that it was better to be for Kerry. If Clark had not been in the race, however, then Michael Moore would not have compared the "deserter" against General Clark. Then the comparison of the "deserter" against Lieutenant Kerry may not have happened, and there may have been no revival of interest in the "deserter's" military records. Also Michael Moore got extra exposure, helping to boost Fahrenheit 9/11.
Even Gephardt helped with his "Miserable Failure" phrase.
I would like to give special thanks to Dennis Kucinich, for his criticism of Ted Koppel's stupid questions, and for having the best foresight of any of the candidates.