August 7, 2004
NOT SO SWELLANOR:
Advantage, Bush: The White House can control the agenda in ways that Kerry cannot. If the president plays it right, he can wrap up the race (Eleanor Clift, 8/06/04, Newsweek)
The essay is gibberish, but it's notable that even she's throwing in the towel this early.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2004 7:14 AM
Wow. There are advantages to being the incumbent. That's the kind of keen insight that makes her a professional.
I remember her being laughed at on McLaughlin as she vigorously defended Clinton in '94 as he was the incredible shrinking president. OJ's right - at some point in Sept/Oct the media may realize that Kerry isn't going to win and the flattery/puff pieces will stop.
But, she's usually wrong.
I haven't watched "McLaughlin" in years, but I remember one show in 93 or 94 where Michael Barone caught Eleanor in an outright lie (and told her so). Her discomfiture was a beautiful thing to watch.