Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
Everyone is clamoring
to claim the Gore endorsement is going to their candidate, but the obvious loser here has to be Joe Lieberman (notwithstanding his getting the coveted second spot on the DailyKos Cattle Call
). Lieberman had the de facto endorsement until now.
Also, anyone in congress who voted for the war has to be a low probability to get the endorsement as well, considering his pointed remarks about oversight and balance of power. That leaves Dean, Graham, Kucinich, Sharpton, and Braun from the declared and Clark from the major undeclared.
I think the endorsement is going to go to the Dean/Graham ticket at this point. Major Democratic Hawks (as Gore, Graham, and Clark are) have the Dean position on Iraq, but are not seen as weak on defense. At some point, when Dean is the inevitable candidate, they will make it clear why Dean is no Dove.
It's striking how close the Graham and Dean position on Iraq is -- Graham knows it, but he can't seem to light that fire or tap into the part of the Democratic party that agrees with him.