According to a new survey, six out of 10 Americans can't name a single Democrat running for president. And that poll was actually taken among the 10 current Democratic candidates. According to the survey answers, "the military guy" leads with 19 percent, followed by "that doctor – what's his name?" with 12 percent, and "the French-looking guy" with 9 percent.
Since Wesley Clark entered the race, Democrats have been salivating over the prospect of a presidential candidate who is a four-star general – and has the politics of Susan Sarandon! Clark's entry into the race was seen as a setback for John Kerry, the only other Democratic contender with combat experience. (Although back in the 1970s, Dennis Kucinich served in the Kiss Army.)
Before Clark becomes the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question, consider that Clark's main claim to fame is that he played a pivotal role in what most of his supporters passionately believe was an illegal, immoral war of American imperialism in Vietnam. How does that earn you points with Democrats?
Clark's other credential to lead the free world was that he supervised the "liberation" of Kosovo by ordering our pilots to drop bombs from 15,000 feet at a tremendous cost in innocent civilian life in a 100 percent humanitarian war against a country that posed absolutely no threat to the United States – imminent or otherwise – and without the approval of the almighty United Nations.
So you can see why Clark supported, then opposed, then supported, then opposed the current war in Iraq. Say, is there a website where I can get up-to-the-minute updates on Wesley Clark's current position on the war in Iraq, kind of like a Nasdaq ticker?
Possible Clark campaign slogans are already starting to emerge:
"I Was Into Quagmires Before Quagmires Were Cool"
"Honk if You Got Bombed in Kosovo"
"Only Fired by the Pentagon Once!"
"The OTHER Bush-Bashing Rhodes Scholar From Arkansas"
"No, Really, Vice President Would Be Fine"
On "Meet the Press," on June 15, 2003, Clark told Tim Russert that he got a lot of calls after 9-11 telling him to go on television and say, "This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein." Asked who had told him that, Clark said: "[T]he White House; it came from people around the White House. It came from all over."