The bright, red #10 outer of this mailing sent by Emily’s List, a political network for pro-choice Democratic women, bears the teaser, “URGENT: Candidate Recommendations.” Inside, in addition to the donation ask for eight candidates for Congress (0n the yellow 7-inch-by-8.5-inch reply device) are eight 3.5-inch-by-4.5-inch cards — one for each candidate. On one side of each card is a black-and-white portrait photograph of each candidate with her name and the office she’s running for — e.g., “Diane Farrell, Running for U.S. Congress: Connecticut.” The other side of each card repeats the candidate’s name and lists in bullet points three key reasons to support
Two months from now, President George W. Bush and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry will wage their final battle for the White House, capping off an emotionally charged, hard-driving election campaign that has seized American consciousness like no other.
To illustrate, consider that when George H.W. Bush ran for re-election against Bill Clinton in 1992, he didn’t mention him by name until July. And in 1996, Clinton didn’t mention Bob Dole by name until August. This time around, the candidates traded barbs as early as Super Tuesday in March.