Rating the Democratic Candidates
Howard Dean, former Vermont governor
Plus: The former Vermont governor reminds voters of the West Wing’s Martin Sheen.
Minus: Not Martin Sheen.
North Carolina Sen. John Edwards
Plus: Youthful, good-looking southern politician with great hair.
Minus: Still waiting for nameplate at Senate office.
Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt
Plus: Old-guard leader of the Democrats; former minority leader.
Minus: Voters hate old-guard Democrats.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry
Plus: Echoes of John F. Kennedy.
Minus: Echoes of Michael Dukakis.
Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman
Plus: Is able to laugh at Democrats’ foibles.
Minus: Is actually a Republican.
The Rev. Al Sharpton
Plus: Not a Washington insider.
Minus: Is Al Sharpton.
Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Plus: No negative image in voters’ minds.
Minus: No image at all in voters’ minds.
Carol Moseley-Braun, former U.S. senator from Illinois
Plus: Reprise of the feel-good candidate of 1992.
Minus: Controversial financial decisions led to feel-bad single term.
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