2004 Election: Winners & Losers: Nov. 15, 2004

They fought hard from the sidelines. Now Bush's re-election makes some of them victors too--and others just the opposite

The '04 Campaign will be remembered as the one in which the parties didn't run the whole party. There were many weeks this year when the traditional G.O.P. and Democratic campaign operations--for that matter, even the candidates themselves--seemed less important than the swarming field of outside players who gave this election season its unusual intensity. Bloggers, 527s, get-out-the-vote teams--these are the people who made the campaign a free-for-all, in the best and the worst senses of the phrase. The candidates churned out position papers that not many people read. But Michael Moore made a movie that a lot of people saw....

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