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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

 

Worth Repeating http://www.carlwithak.com/index.php#200406511

posted by Editor at Tuesday, June 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
My friend Karl (yes, that's what Carl with a K means) writes on his website something that I think is worth repeating here. It's a reflection on the grassroots support that Gov. Dean has found all around the nation. Karl puts it all into a bit of perspective by drawing comparisons to his previous efforts working on Sen. John McCain's campaign for the Republican nomination for president in 2000.
While I'm only 25 years old, I'm both a political activist and a former staff member of a major Presidential campaign. In 1999-2000 when I began work on Senator John McCain's campaign ... getting people to show up for an impromptu political rally outside of New Hampshire was near impossible... unthinkable even.

Things slowly changed as the campaign progressed and AFTER New Hampshire it was not uncommon in South Carolina for the campaign to be greeted by screaming McCainiacs numbering in the 1500-2000 range. That's an important point to understand. McCain's momentum flowed from state to state as he did better. There is no way we could have flown to Nashville (Gore's hometown) and been welcomed by 3,000 supporters even if it had been the day after New Hampshire at the height of his popularity.

It becomes more clear each day that this campaign is different from any other insurgent candidacy of the past. Doctor Dean has a national support network ready at any time to turn out for him and get the job done.


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