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Wednesday, June 04, 2003


"Wired Plurality" article in Wisconsin paper

posted by G at Wednesday, June 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Nice article based on interviews with Dean supporters in Wisconsin. Choice bits:
Just who are these people?

"We're not the screaming minority, we're the wired plurality," Schmidt maintains over coffee at a Middleton cafe. And Dean's critics, she says, "are going to figure that out sooner than later."
Schmidt, a former IRS tax law specialist who moved here from St. Louis four years ago with her husband, says she personally was attracted to Dean's campaign because he's a fiscal conservative, favors national health care and is one of the few politicians who's willing to talk about issues of "death and dying," such as the need for individuals to have living wills.
"Kerry may have more money than God," she jokes. "But one thing he doesn't have - and Dean definitely has - is grassroots support."
Dean also happens to be a dynamic speaker, she says, a fact that state Dems are about to discover next week.

What they'll find, she says, is that Howard Dean isn't a protest candidate, he's a man of substance with some very important things to say.

"And then they'll understand," Schmidt says, "why his opponents are scared."


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