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Monday, May 19, 2003


New DLC Memo

posted by Ezra at Monday, May 19, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The DLC has a new memo out attacking Dean. This one, if anything, is harsher than its predecessor. Read it, and then go tell them how you feel. Remember to be respectful and intelligence, we want them to look like asses, not us.

And I cannot overstate the importance of keeping this thought in the forefront of your mind. The DLC's plan here is to goad Dean into engaging in a long running and bitter war of words. Thus, the storyline on Dean will be that he's a divisive attack dog, with the Kerry squabble, the Edwards apology, and the endless DLC fight being the primary pieces of evidence. We cannot allow that to happen. The DLC isn't running for anything, so they can attack forever, they are trying to down Dean's campaign to make life for their members (Kerry, Lieberman, etc) easier. Do not fall into their trap, do not respond with an attack. We need to build bridges, not burn them, and that goes for every level of the response effort.


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