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Friday, June 20, 2003


Maple Powered Howard and Other Random Notes

posted by Ezra at Friday, June 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
  • Here in Burlington, in celebration of Howard Dean's candidacy and strength, the local Ben & Jerry's will be making and scooping "Maple-Powered Howard". If I remember correctly, it's vanilla ice cream with maple syrup swirls and nuts (wonder what those stand for?). Congratulations all, the campaign is listening.

  • MoveOn is going to come down to the wire. Only we have the ability to win it, but the other campaigns have the ability to make us lose it. remember, we need 50%, not just to win it. So for every E-Mail sent out by Lieberman and Gephardt and Kerry and Edwards, have 4 more of your friends sign up. Every extra person the other campaigns sign is one that we must sign to recoup. If we lose this, then let us ensure that we lost it with the absolute maximum effort we could expend, I do NOT want us to miss the endorsement by 500.

  • A few posts down, Karl Frisch has a collection of Kerry quotes showing a supposed waffling on the war. Two things. A) We are a site about Dean, not Kerry. We should be a positive group committed to forwarding Dean's candidacy, not a negative group committed to pulling others back. Let's try and stay above the negative stuff flying around - our enemy is Bush, our opponent is Kerry. We are all screwed if the winner of this primary isn't the strongest contender, but the one who was best able to weaken his opponents. Dean can beat Kerry with his own strength - the blood sweat and tears of all of us. Lets not do Rush Limbaugh's work for him. B) He's not waffling. People are allowed to have opinions and change them as facts come in. I was pro-war, I did and do disagree with the Governor's stance on Iraq. I believe in using American power to end the reign of tyrants - though I intensely dislike how Bush did it and the lack of diplomacy. In essence - my opinion is quite close to Kerry's and so is the opinion of many who are supporting Howard Dean. Do not make opposition to the war a litmus test for Dean supporters and do not make anger at Bush's dissembling a negative, both can help Dean and people of both stripes are necessary parts of the Dean coalition.

  • Dean's momentum is extraordinary. You can feel it in the office, the excitement and belief is powerful. We're on the cusp of a grassroots candidacy with the power to change and reform this country - nothing like this has been seen since RFK. We need to keep our eyes on the pirze. Register for MveOn. Contribute. Sign up for events on June 23. We're going to take this country back.

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