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Tuesday, September 09, 2003


Must Read Article of the Day

posted by Editor at Tuesday, September 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
(Yeah, I'm going post happy today, but that's what happens when you largely take a few weeks off.) In case you missed it, in the pre-debate category I think Howard Kurt'z Media Notes in the Washington Post wins Matt's "Must Read Column of the Day" Award. A snippet:
Even Howard Dean's detractors now believe he's for real.

Real as in: Scoff all you want, this guy actually could be president.


The other side is getting worried, reports USA Today:

"Republican Party officials and political advisers to President Bush admit that they underestimated Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and say they now consider him a formidable potential adversary.

"Some Bush allies say he reminds them of another insurgent candidate who once bedeviled Bush: Arizona Sen. John McCain. His wins in Republican primary elections in New Hampshire and Michigan rattled Bush's 2000 campaign. . . .

"No top Republican Party, White House or Bush campaign official wanted to be identified talking about Dean, but he's as hot a topic inside the Bush camp as he is among his Democratic rivals.

"How worried is the Bush team? One campaign official notes that Dean is renting lots of cars in Iowa -- evidence that Bush supporters in the state are keeping an eye on him and his campaign spending."

Counting the cars! Now that's oppo.


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