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Monday, February 09, 2004


In it for the long haul

posted by annatopia at Monday, February 09, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
New TV ads are on the air in Wisconsin, and today Gov Dean stated he would find a way to stay in the race for the long haul. Roy Neel says a win in Wisconsin is a must, but I know that there are still many Dean supporters in California, Texas, New Jersey, New York, and Florida (among others) who still intend to vote Dean in their primaries and caucuses. These mixed messages from the campaign aren't helping much, IMO, but I also believe that Howard Dean should stay in the race for as long as possible. In fact, I want everyone in the race as long as possible. A prolonged primary gives the Democrats more airtime, and so far they've all successfully used that platform as a way to crack through Bush's facade of "popular wartime president".
Gov Dean has - from the beginning - been one of the strongest critics of the Bush administration. Many in the party - including those who aren't directly supporting Dean in the primaries - have acknowledged that Howard Dean gave the Democratic Party back it's voice. What he did was give them a backbone transplant. But I believe many Dean supporters demand accountability from their party. We want to vote for the nominee, but we also want that nominee to follow through on their promises. I think we all know that Gov Dean will do his best to follow through on the promises he's made - returning fiscal sanity, restoring America to it's moral high ground in international affairs, preserving our environment and providing health care - but what about the other guys?
Dean should stay in the race for as long as he can; I've always believed that. But take this as my initial reaction to this news. What are your thoughts?


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