I don't think he'll drop out before this weekend. Just as Edwards stated he needed to win South Carolina, Gephardt needed Iowa, and Kerry needed New Hampshire, Dean needs Washington. I don't know the latest poll numbers, but both Washington and Wisconsin look like states Dean could still take if he doesn't succeed in sticking his foot in his mouth repeatedly. Those might buoy his campaign enough to stick it out a while longer.
Read this in the Columbia, SC
Free Times today and thought it might give y'all a laugh as well.
Looking for Love (written by Michael Graham)
Thank you for contacting LoveMatch.Com, the Internet connection guaranteed to find you the perfect candidate who shares your "special interests." We've put together a listing of seven guys all fighting for your attention. They really want to connect with you, preferably before November 2004. So please take a moment and look them over, then cast your vote for that very special someone you'd like to share a lifetime with ‹ or at least two consecutive four-year terms.
FIRST NAME: John
: Served in Vietnam; worked in public sector; is a Vietnam vet; also has military experience in Southeast Asia; spent some time in the former South Vietnam; and is a combat veteran (of U.S. police action in Vietnam).
TURN-ONS: Checks from corporate lobbyists, botox injections, and wealthy widows with difficult-to-place foreign accents.
TURN-OFFS: Wars in the 1990s; people who opposed war in 2003; people who support war now; and annoying nitpickers who point out these are all the same person.
ROMANTIC FANTASY: Long, lingering breakfasts in bed in the Lincoln bedroom of a certain White House in Washington, D.C., which is actually smaller than the home he owns now.
FIRST NAME: Wesley
NICKNAME: "One Tough Hombre"
: Almost won a war in Yugoslavia before being asked to retire; currently seeking work as a chair warmer for ambitious former first lady.
TURN-ONS: Going to church "and all that"; traveling in the South and eating "those grit things with, you know, those various fried breakfast items and so forth."
TURN-OFFS: Anyone who doesn't follow orders ‹ immediately.
ROMANTIC FANTASY: Appearing on the cover of a gay magazine and announcing his support for abortion up to the moment of delivery þ Wait, does "fantasy" mean it hasn't happened? Never mind.
FIRST NAME: John
: Has virtually no experience whatsoever, but he's a quick learner.
TURN-ONS: Class-action lawsuits and premium hair-care products.
TURN-OFFS: Debating, answering questions and being forced to explain what he's talking about.
ROMANTIC FANTASY: Spending a Saturday in Michigan with several thousand transplanted Southerners.
FIRST NAME: Joseph
: "Hey, I flirted with the wild side for awhile back in 2000 during a relationship that, well, just wasn't right for me. But now I'm back to my good ol' middle-of-the-road self, and I think people like me for it. I haven't actually heard from any of those people, but þ "
TURN-ONS: Very, VERY small states.
TURN-OFFS: Explaining how 13 percent, 12 percent and 9 percent equal a three-way tie.
ROMANTIC FANTASY: Being recognized in the lobby of a hotel ‹ by anyone, anywhere, ever.
FIRST NAME: Al
: Declined to respond to request for information; threatened lawsuit if we mentioned "Tawana Brawley" or "Crown Heights" or used the word "Jew."
TURN-ONS: Four-star hotels and deluxe limousine rides in key, early primary states.
TURN-OFFS: People who ask how they're being paid for.
ROMANTIC FANTASY: Any scenario that involves him and the White House is, by definition, a fantasy.
: If you're looking for passion, this is your man! And if you're not, you're just some corrupt, corporate sell-out loser. Oh yeah, you don't like hearing it? Well sit down and shut up!
TURN-ONS: Red meat, white voters and blue states.
TURN-OFFS: Constantly talking about winning. I mean, what's the big deal about "winning" anyway? Hey, I wasn't talking to YOU! I don't care what you say! I'm NOT gonna win in Michigan, and then I'm NOT gonna win in Washington, and then in Wisconsin - Yaarrgghhh!
ROMANTIC FANTASY: "A bus filled with excited, screaming college kids, the open road before us, and my $42 million back."
: No information available.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.