The Dems' New Chant: Electability

Now, Kerry's and Edwards' populism is a beacon for pragmatic Dems who are dissatisfied with Dean's antiwar image

As the race for the Democratic nomination moves from Iowa's caucuses to New Hampshire's Jan. 27 primary, Democrats find themselves with a five-way horse race and a fickle, shifting electorate. By roaring to a one-two finish in Iowa, Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and John Edwards of North Carolina have done more than humble the high-flying candidacy of Howard Dean. The Comeback Kids also have led strategists to conclude that liberal activists' desire for an ideological campaign, one-note bashing of the Iraq war, and dreams of mobilizing a silent majority of Netheads may not clinch the nomination.

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