Front Lines

Lizza, Ryan
March 2003
New Republic;3/31/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 12, p11
Political operatives slice the presidential campaign into quarters, largely because fund-raising reports are due at the U.S. Federal Election Commission every three months. As if on cue, the war with Iraq is coming at the end of one quarter, as if the curtain is closing on the first act of the Democratic contest. Tom Daschle, the U.S. Senate minority leader, punctuated his rally-around-the-troops message with a personal shot at U.S President George W. Bush's diplomatic failure, a headline-making swipe that left several campaigns griping that he was picking the wrong fight at the wrong time. Within the presidential field, the most aggressive efforts to jockey for postwar position probably come from Joe Lieberman and Howard Dean, speaking from opposite ends of the hawk-dove spectrum. Over the weekend, a videotaped speech Lieberman sent to the California Democratic Convention was loudly booed when he described his support for toppling Saddam Hussein--a not-infrequent experience for him among party activists in the campaign's early months.


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