DATE: 9/24/2003 04:12:00 PM
HOWIE'S IN LUV - After reading his article on MSNBC, I've concluded that Howard Fineman might as well carve his and Wesley Clark's initials on a tree and encircle them with a heart. Although the article seems meant to handicap the major Democratic presidential candidates, his infatuation shines through in lines like these:
It's about coming across as level-headed, decent and sane. It's about not seeming like you didn't quite know what you were getting into when you decided to run. It's about seeming well-informed and comfortable in areas outside of your expertise, and at ease on political center stage. Military and business heroes rarely make the transition well: Ross Perot, John Glenn and Al Haig are a few names that come to mind right away.Clark could defy that recent history. He's already shown enormous potential.Nice try, Howard, but next time maybe try paying attention to what the man has actually said and done. His multiple pronouncements on Iraq hardly qualify him as "well informed," "comfortable" or "at ease." So far, Clark has acted exactly like one who didn't know what he was getting into when he decided to run. His web page, thus far, has no issues statements on it. This from a man who has flirted with the idea of running for months. As Jonah Goldberg has pointed out in a recent column, the media's lovefest with Clark is a mirror opposite of the beating they gave George W. Bush when he announced.
Back then, it was all about the issues. Bush was not qualified in their eyes. He didn't have the requisite experience. Now they are going ga ga and writing love notes to a guy even less qualified in matters political than Bush. And the major media wonder why they are losing readers and viewers?