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Sunday, March 02, 2003


The Dwinell Political Report

posted by B at Sunday, March 02, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This is a political report that comes out weekly from VT, and included in this weeks report is this clip about Dean:


Dean is a big fan of message, message drives campaigns. We agree. Dean shamelessly will repeat the very same words before each and every group his campaign can put in front of him all day every day. It is not easy; Dean does it faultlessly. It shows in his results. Especially last week.


Yup, our own Howard Dean had the weekend at the tracks; the big winner of three in a row. First, Meathead endorsed him for president. This is a really big deal. Meathead is now Rob Reiner, mega Hollywood producer/director. Reiner choose Dean because he is "the only major Democrat candidate speaking out against going to war without the support of the United Nations."

Hey, Dean a "major" candidate. The Little Scrapper has done good! Well, depends on your perspective. Reiner’s endorsement will mean an easy $2,000,000 in additional fundraising in 2003, an additional chunk in matching funds, your money via the Federal Election Commission, after January 1, 2004. All they have to do is schedule the events at Mr. Reiner's home and folks will show up.


Dean was the foot stomping, hand clapping, and heart-pounding candidate at the Democrat National Committee meeting last weekend. His give 'em hell rouser had them roused. "Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean ignited a meeting of party activists by telling them to 'stand for something' or fall again to President Bush," gushes AP White House Correspondent Ron Fournier.


Breaking with tradition of hands off till the party has a nominee, the DNC’s chair of their Voting Rights Institute Donna Brazile "organized a meeting immediately after Dean’s address between her fellow black activists and Dean."

Brazile did not just fall off the back of the hay wagon. She was Jesse Jackson’s deputy campaign manager in 1984, a Dukakis campaign leader in 1988, and Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000. For more on Brazile, go to:


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