John Kerry, the Black Vote, and the Power of the Internet

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This week, as the Democrats define John Kerry and make the case that he's a better, stronger leader than President Bush, Republicans have set up a "war room" in Boston for immediate response. Tonight's convention keynoter will be State Senator Barack Obama, an African American and Democratic candidate for the US Senate from Illinois. His presence will, no doubt, recall President Bush's recent admonition that black voters think about whether the Democrats take them for granted and whether they're losing the leverage that comes from involvement in both parties. On this, the second day of the 2004 Democratic Convention, Warren Olney looks at the "extreme makeover" of John Kerry, the importance of the black vote, and the rise of money and new technology that could end up shifting power away from the party itself.
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9/11 Commission Report (summary)

John Kerry on the 9/11 Commission Report

President Bush on the 9/11 Commission Report

Kerry-Edwards campaign

2004 Democratic Convention

Barack Obama's US Senate campaign

President Bush at the Urban League

Bai's article on the Democrats and rise of money and technology

The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse



Warren Olney