“Feds Vote” John McCaslin, Inside The Beltway, Washington Times, 1/5/04
How will Howard Dean fare next November if, in fact, the former Vermont governor becomes the Democrats' presidential nominee?
Who better to ask than the nation's large force of federal bureaucrats, an informed bunch who historically pay close attention to who their next boss will be.
Ralph Smith, who keeps in close contact with federal workers through his popular www.fedsmith.com Web site, tells Inside the Beltway that some are predicting a landslide for President Bush that will "rival the debacle of George McGovern."
His site's most recent poll, taken a few days after the capture of Saddam Hussein and shortly after the endorsement of Mr. Dean by former Vice President Al Gore, shows Mr. Bush leading Mr. Dean by 10 percentage points.
However, the average federal employee responding to the survey also sees his or her self-interest "better served" by Democrats, adds Mr. Smith, who these days is opening hundreds of letters from feds in advance of the 2004 presidential election.