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Thursday, December 04, 2003

 

Molly Ivins Picks a Winner http://www.naplesnews.com/npdn/pe_columnists/article/0,2071,NPDN_14960_2475972,00.html

posted by Christopher at Thursday, December 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins pens this recent column describing how she came to see Howard Dean as not only the Democratic nominee, but the man to take on President Bush... and win! An excerpt:

"Dean gives a hell of a speech -- even if you're Republican, you should go and hear him just for the experience. But I fretted about Dean on TV -- TV is so important. How could anyone poker up on Margaret Carlson of PBS, not one of the world's toughest interviewers? But then I saw Dean laugh his way through a Chris Matthews interview (which he should have done with Tim Russert, who was hell-bent on gotcha questions), and I know the guy can take care of himself. So he fights back if you get in his face -- that's not all bad.

I know, he's even less of a liberal than Bill Clinton was, but I don't think Dean is a moderate centrist. I think he's a fighting centrist. And folks, I think we have got ourselves a winner here. "


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