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Thursday, September 04, 2003


Winds of change over at Sully's place?

posted by annatopia at Thursday, September 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Cribbed this link from Daily Kos. There are signs of a shift over at Andy's place. First there was this post from early August. Andy did a good job of talking up Dean's centrist record, then posed some theories about what we'll have to overcome during the general election. Then today, returned from his self-imposed sabbatical, we find this:
BIG GOVERNMENT BUSH: More evidence of the runaway federal government under Bush. The sheer profligacy of this administration continues to astound. If you're a fiscal conservative, Howard Dean is beginning to look attractive.
- 3:14:00 PM

I put a question mark on the headline because I am not going to assume that Andy has seen the light and pulled a Michael Cudahy. But I do sense that he's open-minded to the possibility that the GOoPers have forsaken their traditional platform, and that Dean might be a palatable vote for many a fiscal conservative. It should be interesting to see what develops over at Sully's place in the coming months.


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