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November 10, 2003
But they were doing so well!

Not a great shock: CNN is reporting that Senator John Kerry has fired the manager of his struggling campaign:

Democratic candidate John Kerry fired his campaign manager Sunday night in an attempt shake up his beleaguered presidential bid, The Associated Press learned. ... [Jim] Jordan will be replaced by longtime Democratic operative Mary Beth Cahill. Cahill has worked for Emily's List, a lobbying group on behalf of women's political issues and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Kerry was supposed to be the front runner, but as events unfolded, it appears that both Kerry and Howard Dean have been surprised by Dean's pole vault to the front of the pack, if you'll pardon the mixed metaphor. I think Dean expected to be able to sit around #2 or #3 until the primaries, snipe at Kerry and maybe Lieberman from behind and keep expectations low, and then claim momentum from a strong showing in New Hampshire. Instead, the entire pack is snipping at Dean's heels, and he's managed to slow his own momentum by speaking without thinking on two recent occasions. Gephardt has pushed into the lead in Iowa, and Kerry is fading to the back. The surprise isn't that Kerry fired Jim Jordan, the surprise is that it took this long.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 10, 2003 7:44 AM

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