One Little, Two Little, Three Little Candidates: The Presidential Primaries on the Web
McDermott, Irene E., Searcher
Ten September Democrats standing in a line; Bob Graham quit and then there were trine.
Every morning, nay clock radio turns on the NPR news. Ten seconds later, I wake up screaming. You see, I haven't quite completed the desensitizing training to help me accept the results of the 2000 presidential race. And now the whole thing is starting all over again!
My therapist calls it "Post Traumatic Election Syndrome."
You have to concede that Democrats like me have taken a drubbing over the last 4 years, even on a state level. In California, less than a year after we legitimately elected a Democratic governor, our votes were nullified by a rich car-alarm salesman who bought himself a recall election, then lost it to a Republican actor. Sheesh!
Republicans have nothing to worry about in this presidential primary season, either. President Bush can relax and watch the interest grow on the $85 million he already has in his campaign coffers. In the meantime, the Democrats will spend every cent of their modest funds tearing each other apart to determine who will be the lucky contender against the guy who has the lock on the White House, the Congress, and the Supreme Court.
No wonder I've got this sick stomach.
In case you haven't already guessed, my politics lean toward the liberal side. I will try to give both sides equal time. Still, I'm sure that my bias will infuse my writing, no matter how hard I try to hide it. I ask your patience. And I promise not to call myself "Fair and Balanced."
That being admitted, the Democratic primary race is confusing, don't you think? I mean, nine candidates. And the whole process happens so fast. The Iowa caucuses are on January 19, the New Hampshire primary is on January 27, and a little more than a month after that, the whole thing will be essentially decided. That's not completely true, of course. Utah holds its primary on June 22. But the winnowing happens early in the process. By the time June rolls around, who will be left in the race? To keep it all straight in my head, I turn to these primary election overview sites:
America Votes 2004: Presidential Primary Preview http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2004/
This CNN Special Report offers a wonderful overview of upcoming primary events with explanations about "who's in, who's out" and why it matters. Follow the "Money," the "Issues," and the "Polls." Read quick bios of the candidates, follow the "Campaign Buzz," and get a timeline of upcoming upcoming events from the "Election Calendar." This is a terrific place to start for understanding the front-loaded presidential primary season.
Politics: Decision 2004
Featuring news from "The Campaign Embeds: On the Trail with the Democratic Candidates," MSNBC reports all the happenings to do with the upcoming election.
Politics 1: 2004 U.S. Presidential Election
Ron Gunzburger created and maintains this excellent and comprehensive nonpartisan political Web site. Here, he aims to list information about everyone running for president in 2004. "Democrats, Republicans, Third-Party candidates and Independents ... if they're running for president in 2004 (or even thinking about running), you can find them ALL here ... plus other P2004 resources!!" For instance, did you know that there are 13 other Republican candidates for president besides George W., including Keith Slinker of Pennsylvania? Lucian J. "Louie" Wojciechowski of California is among the 29 Democratic hopefuls outside of the main nine who debate each other all the time. Gunzburger also offers annotated links to other quality political sites.
Project Vote Smart: Presidential Election 2004
This site provided a great directory of the P2000 candidates--with basic bio information, issue survey responses, calendar, and links--and is now doing the same for P2004. …