A few quick notes

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January 19, 2004 2:30 p.m.

A few quick notes …

First, John Weaver has joined the Clark campaign. And that’s a big deal.

Weaver was McCain’s guru in 2000. And after the 2000 campaign he — following what many of us considered the logic of McCain’s increasingly progressive turn — himself became a Democrat. I think he changed his party registration (and started working for Dems) in 2001.

In any case, this match-up has a history. Before Clark ever got into the race there was a heavy mutual courting going on between Clark and Weaver. But it never came off.

Another point. In my previous post, I said I wanted to understand more about why Kerry is surging in Iowa and New Hampshire. (In some ways, his New Hampshire jump surprised me more than Iowa.) I just had a long chat with Dick Bennett, the guy who runs the ARG daily tracking poll. And I think I may now understand — or at least have a better understanding of a key part of the picture.

I’ll explain more on that front in a post a little later this afternoon.

Finally, I can receive email no problem while I’m here in New Hampshire. So keep sending them. But it’s fairly difficult for me to send TPM email, largely because Verizon’s wireless Internet service turns out to be the biggest disaster in the history of the universe. So if you don’t hear back from me, that’s probably why. But keep sending because I am receiving and reading them.

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