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Thursday, March 20, 2003

 

Howard and Josiah http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/03/20/MN19435.DTL

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, March 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

Cute little article comparing Dean and fictional president Bartlett in painstaking detail. Nothing really new here, though there is some insinuation that the fiction-reality connection was deliberate in some ways, especially with regard to the "for America" slogan. More interesting is the way the fervor and passion that Dean has aroused in the party activists is seen in the context of the TV series.

Further blurring the line between entertainment and politics, and truth and fiction, is Rush Limbaugh's latest diatribe.


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