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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

The Case for Gephardt

He’s good enough, he’s smart enough, and, doggone it, people like him!  Beyond that, why is it that DR can’t find a good “case for Gephardt” article to recommend these days? It seems like he’s the kind of candidate who could both bring the party together and appeal to some of the moderate swing voters Democrats need to reach, especially the culturally conservative blue collar voters. Could it be he’s too far out there–calling both for repealing all of Bush’s tax cuts (as Dean does) and for a hugely expensive expansion of health care coverage. Or that he’s too charisma-challenged and too much like a Washington hack? Or that his support for the war seemed not only too vigorous but also too politically motivated? Who knows? But there’s a case there to be made should anyone care to make it. And he is from Missouri.