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Monday, June 09, 2003


Will The Real McGovern Please Stand Up?

posted by Ezra at Monday, June 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
In light of the recent dust-ups between Dean and the DLC, and their assertion that he is going to be another McGovern, I think it germane to examine what exactly McGovern did and how we can keep from falling into that pit. On that note, I stumbled across a fantastic article in Dissent Magazine that accuses the DLC of being McGovern-like. There's a lot of interesting stuff in here about coalitions and the type of constituencies that need to be brought together, plus some arguments that we could make for Dean's viability through his gun views. Read it and discuss.


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