Monday, February 09, 2004
In it for the long haul http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/09/politics/campaign/09CND-DEAN.html?hp
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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