Look Who's Linking to PoliBlog:
Absinthe and Cookies
Accidental Verbosity
Admiral Quixote's Roundtable
All Day Permanent Red
All Things Jennifer
Ann Althouse
The American Mind
Arguing with signposts
The Astute Blogger
Asymmeterical Information
B-Town Blog Boys
Backcountry Conservative
Balloon Juice
Bananas and Such Begging to Differ
The Bemusement Park
Bewtween the Coasts
Betsy's Page
The Big Picture
Blogs for Bush
Boots and Sabers
The Bully Pulpit
Caffeinated Musing
California Yankee
Captain's Quarters
Chicago Report
Chicagoland of Confusion
Citizen Smash
Collected Thoughts
The Command Post
Common Sense and Wonder
Confessions Of A Political Junkie
Conservative and Right
Cranial Cavity
The Daily Lemon
Daly Thoughts
DANEgerus Weblog
Dart Frog on a Cactus
Dean's World Dear Free World
Brad DeLong
Democracy Project
The Disagreeable Conservative Curmudgeon
Down to the Piraeus
Drink this...
Earthly Passions
The Education Wonks
the evangelical outpost
Eye of the Storm
The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles
The Friendly Ghost
Functional, if not decorative
The Galvin Opinion
The Glittering Eye
Haight Speech
The Hedgehog Report
Heh. Indeed.
Hennessy's View
High Desert Skeptic
Robert Holcomb
I love Jet Noise
Idlewild South
Independent Thinker
Insults Unpunished
Internet Ronin
Ipse Dixit
It Can't Rain All The Time...
The Jay Blog
Jen Speaks
Joefish's Freshwater Blog
John Lemon blog
Judicious Asininity
Just On The Other Side
The Kudzu Files
Let's Try Freedom
Liberty Father
Life and Law
Locke, or Demosthenes?
Gary Manca
Mark the Pundit
Mediocre but Unexciting
Mental Hiccups
Miller's Time
Mind of Mog
Minorities For Bush
Mr. Hawaii
The Moderate Voice
The Modulator
Much Ado
Mungowitz End
My opinion counts
my thoughts, without the penny charge
My Word
Neophyte Pundit
New England Republican
NewsHawk Daily
neWs Round-Up
No Pundit Intended
Nobody asked me, but...
Obsidian Wings
Occam's Toothbrush
On the Fritz
On the Third Hand
One Fine Jay
Out of Context
Outside the Beltway
Peppermint Patty
John Pierce
The Politicker
The Politburo Diktat
Political Annotation
Political Blog For The Politically Incorrect
Power Politics
Practical Penumbra
Priorities & Frivolities
Prof. Blogger's Pontifications
Pundit Heads
The Queen of All Evil
Quotes, Thoughts, and other Ramblings
Ramblings' Journal
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Nuclear Strikes
Ranting Rationalist
Read My Lips
Reagan Country
A Republican's Blog
The Review
Right Side of the Rainbow
Right Wingin-It
Right Wing News
Right Voices
Rightward Reasonings
riting on the wall
Rooftop Report
The Sake of Argument
Secular Sermons
Sha Ka Ree
Shaking Spears
She Who Will Be Obeyed!
The Skeptician
The Skewed
small dead animals
Sneakeasy's Joint
SoCal Law Blog
A Solo Dialogue
Some Great Reward
Southern Musings
Speed of Thought...
Spin Killer
Matthew J. Stinson
The Strange Political Road Trip of Jane Q. Public
Stuff about
Target Centermass
Templar Pundit
The Temporal Globe
Tex the Pontificator
Texas Native
think about it...
Tobacco Road Fogey
Tony Talks Tech
The Trimblog
Use The Forks!!
Wall of Sleep
Weapons of Mass Discussion
Who Knew?
The Window Manager
Winning Again!
WizBang Tech
The World Around You
The Yin Blog
You Big Mouth, You!
Non-Blogs Linking to PoliBlog: - Alabama Weblogs

AJC's 2004 Election Politics Sites and Blogs Campaign Finance
Welcome to World O' Blogs
Yahoo! Directory Political Weblogs
Young Elephant
Monday, December 1, 2003

By Steven Taylor @ 4:27 pm

This is, shall we say, a stretch: Clark’s New Ad Is on Domestic Record

Democrat Wesley Clark had never sought or held elective office until his bid for the presidency, but a commercial that begins airing Tuesday in New Hampshire highlights what his campaign says is his record on domestic issues.

In the 30-second spot, an announcer says that the retired Army general “fought for better schools and better health care for those he led because it was the right thing to do.”

Bill Buck, a Clark spokesman in New Hampshire, said the ad refers to Clark’s work as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, when his duties included overseeing a school system in Europe for soldiers and their families and ensuring they had adequate medical benefits.

So he has a “domestic policy record” by dint of his service in the military overseas? I don’t see this flying, to be honest.

Filed under: 2004 Campaign

Click here to go to the main page.


  1. It may not fly, but the fact is that senior commanders (especially installation commanders) are, as part of their jobs, like mayors of towns-they have all the same sorts of things to take care of. For example, a police force (Security/Military Police, Shore Patrol), public works department (Civil Engineering, with housing, trash pickup, etc.), public transportation, food service, etc.

    Comment by Jem — Monday, December 1, 2003 @ 5:57 pm

  2. I don’t deny the administrative skills required, nor that he has learned skills of use whilst in the military. However, being a base commander, while like a mayor in a lot of ways, is very much not like a mayor in others. One simple contrast, for example: a mayor has to be elected, and re-electd. Not to mention that a military base is a far more controlled (and controlable) environment than is a city.

    It really isn’t that good of an analogy if the goal is to claim real domestic policymaking experience. The best he can claim is domestic public administration experience, which is quite a different thing.

    Comment by Steven — Monday, December 1, 2003 @ 6:38 pm

  3. I give the guy credit. The military is drenched in politics. If you want to create/alter any policy that’s going to affect the budget, you have to do similar pushing and deal-making to get it through.

    Comment by Mark — Wednesday, December 3, 2003 @ 5:01 am

  4. If you take a look at domestic policy proportionally, or numbers-wise if you will, Dean’s domestic policies cover a statistically small range, numerically, demographically and racially. His state has barely over 600,000 population and is predominantly white. The city of Portland, Oregon has a far more diverse population and a larger one. Dean’s domestic record of success that is touted on his site, when taken in context of the demographics of the state, is pretty insignificant, imho of course.

    Comment by frolanka — Friday, December 5, 2003 @ 9:13 pm

  5. Being Governor, however, even in a homogenous state, is different than being a military commander.

    Of course, my comments weren’t specifically directed at Dean v. Clark, but at the idea that Clark can claim “domestic” policy experience. He can claim administrative skills, yes, and important ones, but not true domestic policy experience.

    Comment by Steven — Friday, December 5, 2003 @ 9:55 pm

RSS feed for these comments.

Leave a comment

Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>



Take a Look At This!
  • Tabloid News
  • Word of The Day
  • Chronograph Watches
  • Office Shredders
  • Cash Registers
  • Ricoh Fax Machines
  • IBM Typewriters
  • Copy Machines
  • UNIX Consulting
  • Web Design

Visitors Since 2/15/03

Powered by WordPress