Dick Gephardt: Vote for me because 10 years ago I helped get an economic-stimulus package passed. Vote for me because I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth, unlike some people I could mention. Vote for me because my dad was a humble milkman.
This is a fabulous pitch for a Rotary scholarship. But not for the presidency. Pack it up, congressman. It's over.
John kerry: "I believe the courage of Americans can change this country," John Kerry hollers to a skimpy Iowa crowd. Hold that thought. Courage will be a theme in his campaign, which will bludgeon Iowa and New Hampshire with news of his Vietnam War heroism. Good for him, and OK for a start. But his war record is little relevant to the central Democrat-nomination question of who can beat George Bush. Kerry, a satisfactory orator, must persuade Democrats he has the stuff to lead. Cliches about evil special interests-especially from this creature of the Beltway-simply will not do.
Trippi McMahon Squier, Alexandria, Va.
Morris & Carrick, Los Angeles
Riverfront Media, Washington