Word on the street in Little Rock is that Wesley Clark has decided to run for President. This decision should shake up the race for the Democratic nomination considerably. My guess is that Clark’s candidacy will probably affect Dean the most, and not just because Dean (who leads some polls) has the most to lose. Because Clark has expressed opposition to the war, he will likely tap into the base of Dean supporters who opposed the invasion of Iraq. Clark also conveys a keen sense of intelligence; he was a Rhodes Scholar and first in his class at West Point. Perhaps more significantly, Clark has enlisted some of Clinton’s campaign strategists, which can’t hurt his candidacy. Because he’s entering the race somewhat late, people are calling him a longshot, but given the accelerated pace at which media stories in this country can live and die, I wouldn’t bet against him. More than anything, I’m hoping that his campaign will at least spark more productive discussions about the international role of the United States.
Given the currently “shifting tides” of American politics, this could be an interesting election.
Update 9/22: I’ve decided to discontinue comments on this particular entry simply because I don’t consider copied articles from other sources to be comments. Instead, it’s an annoying rhetorical device that does little to support your argument. Comments that refer to other sources are perfectly legitimate, but I can’t engage with someone who doesn’t provide a context for the articles they are linking. Because there have been several different IP addresses, I’ve decided not to ban anyone. I’ve also decided not to delete the comments for now. As I mentioned in my final comment, I believe blogs to be a useful space for political discussion, but merely pasting other people’s writing into a comment does not merit a serious response. I’ve hesitated all weekend about whether or not I would take this measure, and it now appears inevitable. This type of comment spam is making me rethink what I’ll discuss here in the future.