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Wednesday, July 02, 2003


Mother Jones "gets it"

posted by annatopia at Wednesday, July 02, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Thank you, Mother Jones, for this succinct and accurate wrap-up of the Dean phenomena!

Dean's early success is due in no small part to the Internet. He has tapped its power in a way that no other candidate ever has, launching a surging grassroots organizing effort through his official site, and raking in donations online. Along the way, Dean has inspired excitement in voters -- largely due to his willingness to take on the White House aggressively. As Time's Joe Klein notes, " ... [T]he former Governor of Vermont has emerged as the one Democrat who can draw a crowd."

This article summarises what's been said about Dean in the press and attempts to crack a few of those stereotypes (you know, the McGovern thing, the ultra-left thing, etc).

Dean's politics, though, bear little resemblance to those of the Democrats' most notorious losers. In fact, they look more like one of its most enduringly popular (albeit divisive) figures: Bill Clinton. While Dean is pro-choice and supports same-sex civil unions, he is pro-gun, pro-death penalty, and as hawkish on Iran and Israel as many of the neoconservatives running the White House today.

Yep, they compared him to the Big Dog.

Go read the rest of the article. It contains several links to articles that we all should read.


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