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Among the Democrats

Reluctantly at first, the Democrats swung behind Kerry, who is now running a bolder campaign than some of us expected. But has he really got what it takes? And are enough people out there listening?

By Erik Tarloff   September 2004

Casual observers may think this year’s Democratic party nomination fight was a dreary affair. After all, the whole business was effectively decided in March, almost five months before the nominating convention. The candidate generally considered the frontrunner at the beginning of the process emerged victorious. So where was the drama?

Political junkies know better. From the moment Al Gore decided not to run in December 2002 this was a rollercoaster ride. Moreover, the fact that it ended early was no accident; Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, designed a schedule that would settle matters by spring, to avoid…

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