January 15, 2004


Who selected Carol Moseley Braun in Mark Steyn’s Dem-Olition Derby?

UPDATE. Steyn’s festival of Dem doom rolls on:

Which Presidential candidates will be next to call it quits? Here’s your chance to predict the next Democratic drop-outs and win big, just like Mike in Indiana. If you entered last time round, voted for Kucinich or Gephardt and struck out, don't feel bad, humiliated, victimised. Don't let resentment breed despair, despair breed anger, and anger breed terrorism. Instead, wipe the slate clean and try your hand at our new rounds.

Kucinich has got to be next. This planet’s atmosphere can’t sustain him much longer.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 15, 2004 05:07 PM

Playing it carefully, I would bet on the following to place...

a) Richard “Dick” Gephardt

b) Al “Reverend” Sharpton

e) John “Regular Person” Edwards

h) Dennis “Department of Peace” Kucinich

And if pressed to back a winner, I would have to say Edwards. The guy is starting to look like one of those generic bunnies they always put up against the energizer bunny.

Posted by: Mike Jericho at January 15, 2004 at 09:01 PM


* By "place" I meant that the next four will go in no particular order.

* By "winner" I meant that next guy to lose his head.

Posted by: Mike Jericho at January 15, 2004 at 09:03 PM

I did, the first of 3.

To be followed by Denny Kucinich and Al Sharpton.

With Wes Clark as the eventual VP candidate.

Posted by: mojo at January 16, 2004 at 02:17 AM

I think Sharpton will stay in it until the end. Not because he has a chance to win but because he doesn't have a real job anyway, so why not? He's all about seeking attention so as long as he's getting some he'll continue.

Kucinich may keep running as well but no one will notice.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at January 16, 2004 at 03:13 AM

I did, but I predicted she'd drop in November.

Posted by: PatrickM at January 16, 2004 at 03:23 AM

Kucinich is too stupid to drop out. He'll drop out when he runs out of money or he takes his tinfoil hat off.

Posted by: Big Dog at January 16, 2004 at 04:28 AM

Sharpton will stick it out -- he's hinted that he's not playing to win, but rather intends to pick up enough delegates that he can influence the convention.

Posted by: Sean O'Hara at January 16, 2004 at 04:32 AM

It was only 2 days ago that Braun was on Hannity and Colmes vowing to fight to the finish. Hannity, with a very sympathetic, sad for the fool, look on his face, asked her if she realized she had very slim chances. She smiled and denied it. The very next day she folds. Thanks Hannity! Now please psych Sharpton for us.

Posted by: manda tory at January 16, 2004 at 06:20 AM

Sharpton is playing Buchanan, he's in it until they invite him to speak at the convention.
I chose Kucinich, and I'm sure he's the next one out. Then Lieberman, then Edwards and Clark.

Posted by: Geoff Matthews at January 16, 2004 at 06:50 AM

Oh no, Geoff - Clark is in until the bitter end. He is the Clintons' boy, and the Clintons control the Dem Party machinery. If it looks like he won't win outright, they will try to engineer a brokered convention where delegates are free to vote for whoever they want.

Posted by: R. C. Dean at January 16, 2004 at 07:06 AM

The Yahoo story says "Braun never broke out of single digits in national and state polls and failed to qualify for several state ballots."

Isn't that a little generous? I don't recall her getting anywhere near 10%.

Posted by: Xavier at January 16, 2004 at 08:27 AM


I think Clark's various flip-flops and laughable statements are going to catch up to him. And I don't think he'll be able to out-anger Dean. Right now, he seems to be copying him.

I meant to have put Gephardt before Clark, though. He's too much of a politician to continue on a losing path.


Braun was consistently inconsequential. She, Kucinich and Sharpton are the 3 that don't have any chance whatsoever. If the other 6 were murdered in a terrorist bombing or Republican hit(sarcasm off), someone else would enter and beat them.
Sharpton is the true believer, the crusader who doesn't want to win, he wants to make a difference. Kucinich and Braun never fell into that category.
Braun's departure now raises the question of whom NOW will endorse.
As if most people really cared.

Posted by: Geoff Matthews at January 16, 2004 at 08:51 AM

NOW endorsed Clinton over Flowers and Lewinsky so Braun should not have been counting on their support.

Posted by: James Hamilton at January 16, 2004 at 12:03 PM


Hate to break it to you, but Geoff was right; NOW endorsed Braun a while back.


I think that endorsement only added to the "NOW = irrelevant" meme.

Posted by: Sam Barnes at January 17, 2004 at 07:11 PM