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Tuesday, February 10, 2004


The Insurgent

posted by Dana at Tuesday, February 10, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
We were always going to be the insurgent.

The most remarkable political story of 2003, by far, was that the Insurgent Candidate in this year's race appeared on the scene before the Established Candidate.

Iowa and New Hampshire, then, were to be about who the "Establishment Candidate" might be.

We know the answer now. We will know if for certain if, tonight, Kerry puts away Edwards and Clark.

So why are we downhearted? This is where we wanted to be, where we expected to be, the insurgents trying to take the party back from the corporate-backed (Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Morgan Stanley, Time Warner) establishment.

Before we can take our country back, we must first take the party back from the corporate interests who have held it in thrall, just as Bryan's Populists took the Democratic Party back from Wall Street interests 100 years ago.

So why are you downhearted? You have a cause, you have a fight, and you have a candidate. The fact that candidate wants to win, and does not want to divide the party if he can't win, should motivate you, not disappoint you.

So fight.


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