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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

 

Have We Peaked?

posted by Editor at Wednesday, January 14, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Trammell writes below on how Gen. Clark has found momentum in New Hampshire, but let's look at Iowa as well. Sen. John Kerry is now tied for second place with Rep. Gephardt in the week before the Caucus. What if the momentum continues? What if our worse case scenario isn't losing to Dick Gephardt? What if it's losing to both men? If Dean comes in a disappointing 3rd place and the trouble in NH continues... are we finished? Has the campaign planted enough seeds as the only "national effort" to be able to bounce back and secure the nomination? Or will the momentum be so halted and the media coverage so bad that the campaign is over? For months people have kept predicting that the Dean campaign has peaked - my question for you: have we?

I hate to be a nay sayer, but I think these possibilities are indeed possible. But are they likely? Like Trammell, I'm nervous too. Let's get to work.


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