The Note

--A lot of democrats haven't had much respect for Lehane for sometime. Note that he didn't seem to do much good for Kerry's camp. I didn't see him on this show, but the reactions seem pretty strong. If Clark supporters react this way you can imagine how people disinclined to support Clark will react. Keep him behind the scenes if he's useful but I wouldn't let someone who provokes such negative reactions be a spokesperson. I just did a search on him at Yahoo … should have sent up a lot of red flags.

Posted by Cat M. at November 11, 2003 05:55 PM |

--Cat, you probably have an example in your life that would illustrate what we just saw. For me, now I know how my parents felt at my brother's clarinet recitals.

Posted by Marshall at November 11, 2003 05:58 PM |

--. .. He seems to excel at namecalling and sharp angry rhetoric. One should note he also "helped" Gray Davis with the recall.

Gray Davis, as you will recall, lost.

Posted by Cat M. at November 11, 2003 05:59 PM |

--Oceleot, yes. He used to begin practicing the morning of the band contest. Lehane was unaccountably grinning with embarrassment throughout, his voice unfortunately has the timbre of very early puberty, he was cheeky, squeeky, and running off at the mouth irrespective of his turn. I feel ill.

Posted by Marshall at November 11, 2003 06:11 PM |

--Ruth, he spouted slogans and various rebuttals in the manner of an undeserving favorite nephew of a childless rich man sent out to have fun on TV.

Posted by Marshall at November 11, 2003 06:13 PM |

From ABC News' Clark campaign reporter Deborah Apton:

It was an unusual sight on the campaign trail: General Clark buying a round of beers for fellow veterans. And not just any beer …

When General Clark arrived at the VFW Post 1698 in Franklin, New Hampshire on a Veteran's Day campaign stop, he was greeted by the Color Guard and posed with them for a photo. One gentleman asked, "Can I buy you a drink, General?"

"I'd love a drink," Clark said. "Actually, a Sam Adams, that's what I drink." But the Color Guard folks were setting him up.

"Got your coin on ya?" they asked Clark. Every American military service member has a coin they carry around with them at all times — a tradition explained by one veteran as a practice that started after World War II when an Army Air Force pilot was "shot down and the only thing he had was a coin that separated him from the enemy. And everyone who saw it knew that he was American."

From that point on, it became a tradition to carry the coin "at all times." Seems General Clark forgot that tradition or perhaps he just forgot his coin. Either way, as the custom goes, if challenged to show your coin and you are without it, you buy a round of drinks.

Sam Adams for all — Clark dished out $30 for 10 beers and passed them around.

Read more from the trail with Clark on LINK


The AP's Leigh Strope reports on the coalition of Gephardt-supporting unions that are launching TV ads in Iowa to support his labor causes.

"Both ads criticize the North American Free Trade Agreement. One features a Teamster formerly employed at Square D, a manufacturing company in Cedar Rapids, before it shifted work to Mexico. American workers were forced to train their replacements."LINK

Linda Feldmann of The Christian Science Monitor profiles Gephardt. LINK

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