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Thursday, July 03, 2003


Kos Cattle Call: Dean #1

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, July 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Kos ranks Dean at the top:

Yup, he deserves top dog status. $7.5 million when everyone expected $3 million will do that to a candidate. Every other candidate is talking about Dean. The press is talking about Dean. Events in Iraq are supporting Dean's war stance, while the Supreme Court's ruling on Sodomy Laws vindicates his civil unions stance. Heck, even his much-maligned MTP appearance was a catalyst for his unbelievable fundraising numbers.

And word from the campaign is that money continued to pour into the campaign via the web even after the Q2 period ended (though obviously not at a clip of $600,000/day!).

Of course, now every other candidate is training his guns on Dean. One interesting advantage Dean has -- the GOP thinks (erroneously) that Dean would be the easiest candidate to face in the general. So expect the Mighty Wurlitzer to take a pass on Dean for the moment.

read the full entry for his analysis of how (poorly) everyone else fared in the Week of Dean. Also, Kos has some fairly insightful critiques of just what the hell Joe Biden thinks he is supposed to be doing. Maybe Biden wants to challenge Joe Lieberman for last place - or has his eye on the Republican primary, I don't know. But he's making himself irrelevant.


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