Let me say publicly that DonBoy’s answer exudes a combination of intuitive genius and confidence that make me think DonBoy is going to do big things in his life. -- Steven D. Levitt (Freakonomics blog)
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
I'm laying claim here to this theory: Clark's entrance into the race helps Dean, because Dean needs there to be a new storyline. "Dean as frontrunner" can't last for the next 6 months. If nothing else happens, something, somewhere, will be bad in its own right for Dean, and then the story becomes "The wheels are coming off of Dean's campaign".
Now, there's something new to talk about for a while. Dean still has to hope that Clark doesn't beat him in the long run, but my impression is that Clark's appeal right now is that he seems like a good idea, and good ideas for politicians aren't a lock over guys who have actually gotten people to vote for them in the past.