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Monday, November 10, 2003


More Attacks Coming From The Left

posted by Dana at Monday, November 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
John Kerry has fired his campaign manager, Jim Jordan, and replaced him with a veteran liberal activist, Mary Beth Cahill.

This means we can expect more attacks from the left very soon.

It is wonderfully ironic that Howard Dean, whose campaign was supposedly fueled by anti-war fervor and the "Starbucks Ghetto," is now facing so many assaults from his political left. Sharpton has done it, Gephardt has done it, and now Kerry is going to do it full-time.

This is wonderful news. Dean's opponents don't understand that his rise isn't fueled by positioning or marketing. It's fueled by his call to the basic texts of our democracy, his willingness to run in an open, democratic manner, and by a straight-ahead speaking style no one can mimic.

The more Dean is attacked from the left, the more he becomes a man of the center, and the more obvious it becomes he is the strongest candidate against George W. Bush.


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