Slate on the Mondale campaign: "If Frank Lautenberg's entry into the New Jersey Senate race was like a college basketball player rejoining his high-school team, Mondale's entry into the Minnesota race is like a pro player doing the same."
Mondale is "so old, savvy, and accomplished," says writer William Saletan, that he can actually speak his mind, and he is sharply delineating his differences with Bush administration policies on issues from tax cuts to the environment.
But Democrats here in North Carolina, and elsewhere across the South, are running to Mondale's right, and sometimes not too far to W's left. Some local Democrats think Erskine Bowles should bring Bill Clinton into the state for the last few days of the campaign, but it appears the former President will be here in voice only, via recorded phone messages. Clinton's successor has been here for Liddy Dole.
More Democratic candidates, including state house hopeful Earl Jones and Guilford County Clerk of Superior Court David Churchill, have recorded video messages for Policlicks.com, the Greensboro company that offers free, online, on-demand political statements and debates. That balances the site's content somewhat after GOP candidates proved quicker to embrace the concept. John Edwards also recorded a get-out-the-vote ad while he was in town this week, and he joins Liddy Dole and Howard Coble--recorded together at a recent Dole rally in Greensboro--on Policlicks' issue advocacy page.