September 15, 2003
A Boomlet for a General
With an air of military gravitas, he's an empty vessel into which one's fantasy positions can be poured, and he comes from a demographic that his party would love to win.
This could be General Wesley Clark, the former NATO Commander who's expected to either join the presidential race, or not, this week-- and who is already on multiple short-lists for vice presidential nominee. But it could also be Colin Powell in 1996 and 2000; there were similar boomlets on the Republican side for a Powell candidacy, also for either the presidency or vice presidency.
Why are some Democrats obsessed with him? He's a blank slate for their hopes. It's hard to believe that the Arkansas native could really add a competitive edge in the South, but many doubted that Colin Powell would really attract that many black votes-- that didn't stop some Republicans from dreaming of the General for either position on a Republican ticket. And now it's the Dem's turn.
The latest Democrat to dream is reportedly Bill Clinton himself. Perhaps Clinton's angle it to get a friend into a position of influence in the event of a Democratic administration; that way there's no need to gamble away Hillary's future. I'm sure Dick Morris has his own conspiracy theory brewing.