Saturday, August 09, 2003
Sullivan taking time off to ponder http://www.andrewsullivan.com/index.php?dish_inc=archives/2003_08_03_dish_archive.html#105997995170442197
DEAN AND DA LOSER? Okay, it's not such a great pun. I should be a good candidate for supporting Howard Dean: he's fiscally conservative (unlike the president); he believes in gay equality (unlike the president). But, of course, he loses me on national security issues. His frustrating promise is explored opposite. These days, what's an eagle to do?
Remember, part of what it will take to win is to blunt the message of the Mighty Wurlitzer. Sullivan is a powerful writer, and has spent enough time supporting Bush that he won't be easily dismissed as an America-hating liberal. With him in support of Dean, the campaign gains a formidable ally in the Pundit Sphere.
It's a rare opportunity for us to try and convince Sullivan that his understanding of Dean's position on war is mistaken. Doing so might remove any remaining obstacles to his endorsement - and with his taking time off to ponder his political and religious affiliations anyway, this may be the critical window where he is most receptive.
I urge my fellow citizens of Dean Nation to write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org and (politely) remind him of Dean's true positions on the war and national defense.
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