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Monday, October 06, 2003


Republicans Underestimate Dean

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, October 06, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
via Political Wire:

"A memo being circulated by a prominent Republican polling firm argues that GOPers run a serious risk of underestimating" Howard Dean "as a general election candidate," Roll Call reports.

From the memo: "The difference between Howard Dean and the rest of the Democrat[ic] candidates is that Dean comes across as a true believer to the base but will not appear threatening to folks in the middle. We are whistling past the graveyard if we think Howard Dean will be a pushover."

The fact is that this is hardly news - in fact, it's arguable that the GOP leadership has been well-aware of the threat posed by Dean from the start. Recall Karl Rove's exagerated cheerleading for Dean - which was an attempt to portray Dean as "unelectable" - and hence damage his appeal as nominee.

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