Thursday, September 25, 2003

The Beginning of the End of Wesley Clark, Part Two

Two weeks ago, he was their guy. Today, he's just another guy. The following is from this morning's New York Times:

Officials close to Mr. Clinton said he was upset at what they described as the false perception in Democratic political circles that he and his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, were seeking to anoint General Clark as the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate.

They said that the calls by Mr. Clinton to the presidential campaigns — along with a breakfast interview Mrs. Clinton gave to two dozen Washington reporters this morning — were intended to distance the Clintons from the Clark campaign and establish them as above the presidential fray.

This is known in politics as "cutting your losses early."