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Sunday, October 12, 2003


Meme Picks Up Steam

posted by Trammell at Sunday, October 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
From The San Jose Mercury News via The Contra Cost Times:
"It has become a fairly predictable cycle: Politicians don't listen to the voters, the voters get mad that they are not being listened to and they find a way to get the politicians to pay attention," said Republican strategist Dan Schnur. "This anger is directed at the entire political system and everyone in it. The recall was about the car tax. It was about driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. And it was about the energy crisis. But more than anything this recall was about voters who were mad because nobody was listening to them."

Political insurgency here [in California] is a reflection of a broader national trend that has helped power the presidential candidacy of Howard Dean. "Though we might be seeing this most intensely in California, this anger certainly isn't unique," Schnur said. "The only difference between Californians who signed a recall petition and New Hampshire-ites who go to to talk about Howard Dean is geography."
This meme is a major theme on all the weekend political shows, too. Once the transcripts go up next week, I'll sample ya'll a recap.


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