Like it or not, the 2004 presidential campaign began on Wednesday. The Democrats stumbled at the start. Bush, on the other hand, got off to a quick start by effectively campaigning for fellow Republicans (a gamble that paid off) and choosing to be humble following the Republican mid-term victory. He may not be the best extemporaneous speaker we’ve ever had as president, but he’s looking awfully effective as a leader and politicker this week.
According to the news media (the primary source of political information for Americans), Democrats have spent the week grousing about the loss and wondering about the effectiveness of their national leaders–especially those with aspirations for 2004. Today, there’s no obvious front-runner. Worse, there’s no idea who might emerge as a front-runner. The longer this goes on, the longer articles such as this are published, the more damage it does to the credibility of candidates such as Gore, Gephardt, Lieberman, Daschle, and Edwards.