Now that John Kerry has won both Iowa and New Hampshire the question becomes can anyone stop him? His address tonight to supporters was inspiring and moving. Can you imagine this Vietnam War hero on the stage debating George W. Bush? Kerry would wipe the floor with him.
Missouri and South Carolina are the next big contests. Howard Dean has an operation on the ground in Missouri, but there are a lot of hard feelings between St. Louis Congressman Richard Gephardt’s supporters and Dean’s. Some of Gephardt’s staff have joined Kerry’s campaign since their candidate dropped out after Iowa. John Edwards has the home field advantage in the Palmetto State. Wes Clark has a lot of support there as well. Both Edwards and Clark have to win in South Carolina next week to remain viable. Edward said that himself on CNN this evening.
What all the candidates have to do is wage whatever campaign is left in them in a way that doesn’t damage the eventual nominee. Some of these guys are going to be desperate and that can be dangerous. The prize in 2004 is escorting the 2000 court-appointed President out of the White House and back to Texas. In the end, defeating Bush II is all that matters. We've been big Dean fans and still hope he does well, but we'll support whoever the democrats nominate.