May 8, 2003

RUNNING THE TABLE:

GOPERS BELIEVE THEY CAN TAKE NIFTY 50 STATES (DEBORAH ORIN, 5/08/03, NY Post)
ANYONE who watched the dreary first 2004 Democratic debate Saturday can see why some Republicans are dreaming and plotting how President Bush can do what even Ronald Reagan couldn't do: win all 50 states in 2004. After all, polls now show Bush could win California, beat Sen. Hillary Clinton in New York, and whip 2004 wannabes Joe Lieberman (Conn.), John Edwards (N.C.) and Bob Graham (Fla.) in their home states.

There's no post-war poll yet in John Kerry's home state of Massachusetts.

Republicans note Ronald Reagan won New York twice as they talk up the 50-state dream - and even if it's only a dream, it has strategic use because fat cats are more likely to cough up bucks if they think Bush will stump their home state and it also helps recruit House and Senate candidates.

"Just the notion that the president will go after all 50 states has a huge impact on recruiting - if you know he'll stump by your side, that might help convince, say, an Arnold Schwarzenegger to run for Senate in California," says GOP strategist Rich Galen.

You have to assume that Cabana Boy could hold MA and Hillary would likely carry NY, but it's hard to see how any of the others would win his/her home state. And the danger of losing CA makes it almost certain that Dianne Feinstein will be the VP pick, if she'll take it. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 8, 2003 6:11 PM
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