Friday, December 19, 2003

Clark and Dean

Forget style. Forget campaigning and fundraising talent. On substance, how different are they? The media paints Dean (usually) as an angry ultra-liberal peacenik McGovern. I don't think they've quite gotten the Clark meta-narrative down yet, but it definitely isn't that. In terms of stated policy - the war, gay rights, etc... - I don't see much daylight between them. So, why the different media treatment?

By different treatment I don't mean that I think they've been hard on one candidate and soft on the other, I just find it odd that their positions on the "controversial" issues seem to be pretty consistent, yet only Dean gets hit on them. Clark gets hit for other reasons of course.