It’s obviously very early, but it’s beginning to look like Gen. Wesley Clark’s time in the spotlight may be very short-lived. Check out the latest polling figures, and one thing that immediately jumps out is that three of the five “major” candidates not named Clark took a hit immediately after Clark’s announcement, but have since recovered, while Clark has leveled off or dropped. I expect John Edwards to soon disappear as a “major” candidate. He’s currently polling roughly even with Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley-Braun, and there’s no way he can sustain a campaign on that level.
The Senate is apparently considering a major reduction in the obscenity that is the SUV tax break. It would reduce the amount from $100,000 to $25,000. That’s a good first step, but they should eliminate it completely, and rewrite the law so it applies only to farmers, like it was originally intended. And I’ll enjoy watching all those Hummer owners squirm when the resale value of their $50,000 monstrosities plummets.
I’m beginning to think that Howard Dean may avoid the flame-out I expected. His polling numbers haven’t fallen significantly since Clark joined the race; now Clark has had a bit of a mistep with his campaign manager. For those in the Democratic Party who don’t want a Dean nomination, getting him knocked down in the polls before Iowa and New Hampshire is crucial, and so far he’s holding on strong.