Thursday, January 22, 2004
Humility is a Virtue http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/articles/2004/01/22/for_dean_humility_can_refuel_campaign/
I also happen to think that it cannot hurt Dean to note that a lot of the discussion about his candidacy has shifted from substance to style, and to re-emphasize (as he's been doing effectively the last couple of days) that he's in this race to balance the federal budget, provide health care, and reinitiate a multilateral foreign policy. The debate shouldn't be about how many internet supporters there are, or how much money is raised, or how big (or charged up) a rally is - this debate should be about our kids and the debt their being saddled with, the air and water they'll inherit, and their relative safety in the world. It's high time to get back to the substance of this campaign and continue working for Dean's vision.
Let me be clear - this is not encouraging Dean or any of his supporters to concede anything, nor is it a somber occasion. I think Dean should smile tonight, relax, the pressure is off. He should just be himself, acknowledge the concerns about his temperament, focus on moving the campaign and his platform forward. If these things come together, I believe Dean can still capture New Hampshire and shock the establishment.
How about others? What's your take on tonight's debate and how it might be handled?
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