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Friday, March 07, 2003


Gaining momentum in New Hampshire, courtesy of the Vermont press

posted by annatopia at Friday, March 07, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
A favorable article has been published in Vermont's Seven Days newspaper. The reporter was sent to a recent New Hampshire fundraiser to gauge Dean's support. He found what we all know already: Dean is a passionate candidate who gets people excited. Here is a quick snippet from the article:
"Heading home on I-89, Jordan scans the AM dial in search of a right-wing talk radio station — mostly to help us stay awake. Mean-while, I start thumbing through my notebook to see what observations I jotted down during Dean’s speech. A wave of anxiety washes over me as I realize I don’t have any. While Dean was talking, I got swept up by the energy in the room. I’ve attended plenty of good political speeches, even a few excellent ones, including several by Mario Cuomo. But Dean spoke with the kind of honesty you don’t expect from a politician so much as from… well, a family physician. Are Vermonters really surprised to hear him called a “fiery speaker?” A few minutes into his speech, I was amazed that anyone would describe him otherwise. And I’ll admit it: A couple times I felt a chill run down my spine, as though I were watching something historical, like an old newsreel of a Harry Truman stump speech."

I believe the significance of this article is that the Vermont press (even if it's the alterna-press) is beginning to print more positive things about Dr. Dean. Could this signal a trend? Is the press finally beginning to take him seriously, like we do?


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