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Tuesday, July 01, 2003


LA Times: Momentum Stirs Opponents’ Fears,1,3171012.story?coll=la-home-headlines

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, July 01, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This is a great reference article on yesterday's phenomenon - great press, with all the juicy quotes by Joe Trippi tyhat have been extensively re-quoted elsewhere in the media. Excerpts:

"People watched [Dean's appearance on 'Meet the Press'] and said, 'Hey, there's a guy who admits he doesn't know the answer. You never see anybody in Washington do that,' " said Joe Trippi, Dean's campaign manager.

But as the appearance also demonstrated, Dean has managed to avoid much of the critical analysis that attaches itself to a candidate thought to have a serious chance of winning the nomination.

"I think he's been treated as a novelty up to this point," said Jim Jordan, Kerry's campaign manager. "I don't think a lot of people have bothered to closely scrutinize him the way other candidates have been scrutinized. I suspect now that's going to change."

The Dean campaign, for its part, pushed ahead with its next unorthodox move — an Internet-based effort to gather tens of thousands of backers across the country Wednesday and have each pen a personal note asking a Democrat in Iowa to support Dean.

"We've been telling peoplefor months now what we'redoing" with grass-roots organizing and Internet fund-raising, Trippi said. "They would all roll their eyes. But I don't think they're rolling their eyes at us anymore."


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