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Friday, January 23, 2004


Please Judy, Please...

posted by Heath at Friday, January 23, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
It sure would be neato if Judy Steinberg Dean pops up on the Sunday talk show circuit this weekend. All indications seem to show that her presence softens Dean's image and keeps him front and center. What a funny twist of late: Kerry dwarfed by the media because Dean is more interesting than Kerry's so-called message. Continuing to throw the Judy Dean bone out the back door for the big media dog will keep them from barking too. The feeling I got from the spin room at the debate in New Hampshire last night was that they all feel a little bad about the "hazing" of Howard Dean. Not all of them are yapping about their handling.

If I owned a media company other than DeanTV, or was trying to build a compelling story to sell ads and build a viewership/readership, I'd certainly be interested in building Dean back up for South Carolina. After all, it seems like the ratings dip every time Kerry starts to ramble on in the Senate, I mean, on the campaign trail. What a boring Presidential election that will be for the media party. At least with a Dean nominee one can get around him on the airplane. He may not serve Grey Poupon like John, but I'm confident Dean would keep it fun--the same way he's made politics fun for young people again.

This morning Dean continued to struggle with a cold. His voice is hoarse, low, and cracking but that tear-jerking determination of a man who's fighting for us even after being clipped is as strong as ever.

Here's a video clip of a lady who wanted to talk about Judy if you have time to check it out. When all is said and done in NH it will be interesting to see the gender breakdown:

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From the DeanTV "Fairly Balanced" Network; where we encourage everyone to engage the media in any way you can. (Londonderry, NH 1-23-04).


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