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wThursday, September 09, 2004


EITHER/OR: I've been busy this week freelancing up a storm. Today the New York Sun picked up an op-ed on campaign finance reform, the Swift vets, and why we won't see their like again, but it's only available to subscribers or New Yorkers who have access to a local newsstand. (Or you could buy a digital subscription.)

It had been so long since I wrote for a publication that insists on honorifics that the edits jarred me a bit. Bush, Kerry, and Gephardt became Mr. Bush, Mr. Kerry, and Mr. Gephardt, and I became -- gulp -- Mr. Lott.

Anyway, here are the first few graphs:

Gun to the head time: On November 2,who wins? JFK II or Bush the Second? Can the GOP hold both houses of Congress? Will the Democrats be able to capitalize on local faux pas and take back more governorships than in the midterm elections? Hard to say, but I predict with some confidence that the winner will be none other than Rep. Dick Gephardt. The congressman for Missouri's third district may have been forced to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination before the first primary ballot was cast, but his big idea has won in a rout.

Mr. Gephardt said it best, to a reporter for Time magazine in 1997: "What we have is two important values in direct conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy. You can't have both."
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posted by Jeremy at 12:34 PM