Monday, May 05, 2003
Howard Dean and His American Dream Team http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ross5may05,1,935096.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dcomment%2Dopinions
By Joe Edelheit Ross, a campaign aide to former Senator Paul Tsongas during the 1992 presidential primaries.
After Paul Tsongas won the 1992 New Hampshire primary, we on his staff thought for a surreal moment lasting several days that maybe, just maybe, he might win the nomination.
After all, back in 1976 an obscure former governor bounced overnight from 5% in the polls to national prominence when he won the first-in-the-nation primary, which, along with a surprise caucus victory in Iowa, helped turn "Jimmy Who?" into the eventual Democratic nominee. Jimmy Carter's unlikely triumph in 1976 provides enduring encouragement for longshot presidential contenders like Howard Dean of Vermont, who just happens to be an obscure former governor at about 5% in national polls.
Even without tons of cash or name recognition, you can supposedly go door to door for a couple of years in a tiny state famous for "retail politics," where the locals expect presidential candidates to ask in person for their support, and if you can win over a plurality of the state's fewer than 200,000 primary voters, you'll be hailed as a major contender.
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