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Friday, May 02, 2003


identity issues

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, May 02, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

The Howard Dean campaign is perhaps best positioned to offer the party a fresh identity, coming into the race with the least baggage. He also appears to be the most aware of the sore need for bold and simple messages. To its detriment, the Dean campaign has yet to put forth a broad philosophy of government along the lines of Clinton's early "New Covenant" speeches, focusing instead on the core issues of health care, deficit reduction and foreign policy multilateralism. If there's any theme to be divined from Dean, it might be: Invest in people, yet be fiscally prudent.

There's a lot more in this piece, including assessment of the other campaigns, and a simple explanation of why PR matters. Kudos to the ZonkBoard for finding this one!


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