Monday, January 20, 2003

Gephardt's Problem

I'm not sure a 10-person focus group of Iowa Democrats is indicative of what will happen there twelve months from now, but I do think that this piece is right when it argues that Rep. Richard Gephardt's 2004 presidential candidacy runs the risk of being caricatured as yesterday's news.

If you talk to the people who were key Gore fund-raisers in 2000, you'll find them leaning to Kerry and away from Gephardt. Said one to me the other day: "When you look at the field, Gephardt is yesterday's candidate, Edwards is tomorrow's candidate and no one thinks Lieberman is going to make it. So we're all -- well, most of us -- sort of leaning to Kerry."