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  Fan Friction - Hell hath no fury like a Draft Clark enthusiast spurned.
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Last EditedEddie  Sep 26, 2003 02:52pm
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News DateThursday, September 25, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Garance Franke-Ruta

Like cool kids angered that their favorite cult band had signed on with a major label and started churning out pop drivel, some former members of the Draft Clark movement are already charging the onetime general with selling out. His nascent campaign, they say, has been taken over by mainstream political operatives who are minimizing the influence of the draft movement, dismantling the draft sites and slowly destroying the Internet community that, for the past six months, served as an incubator for Clark's then-hypothetical presidential bid. Even more disturbingly, others charge, the professional operatives may have been planning this all along.

"They systematically dismantled the Draft Clark movement and they are running a traditional campaign, and you can already see that," says 25-year-old Matt Stoller, a blogger who helped run the United For Clark Web site and ClarkSphere.com, while also publishing the daily Clark Tribune newsletter about all things Clark.

Stirling Newberry, 36, who runs DraftClark.com, used his Web site last week to disseminate -- and decry -- reports of Clark's newfound "suckage."

"We signed on for Draft Clark, not Draft Mary," an unsigned post on DraftClark.com read Friday, referring to Clark's cry to his press aide Mary Jacoby of "Mary, help!" when asked his position on the Iraq War by The New York Times.

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