Thursday, February 19, 2004
Kerry webmaster's note to Deaniacs http://blog.johnkerry.com/blog/archives/001201.html
We've got many more primaries to go through before our party finally settles on a nominee. But what I hope you can do in the coming weeks is to take some time to look hard at John Kerry's record, and continue working towards the goal we have all shared during this primary campaign, getting George Bush out of the White House.
I know that we have not always agreed. But we’re all Democrats, and there’s no question in my mind that John Kerry will bring dramatic change to Bush’s right-wing, ideologically driven administration.
As long as Bush is President, all of our hopes for changing our country in ways that make life better for everyone will be stymied. With Bush out of the way, everyone, from the President to the new online progressive organizations are emerging, will have an easier path to building a more humane, more democratic country.
We've got two places for you to talk with us directly, our blog and our Town Meeting forum. Especially for those of you who want to explore Kerry's positions in depth, check out the forum, where volunteers have been answering detailed questions for months. Thanks for considering John Kerry. And no matter how this race finally ends, we look forward to working with you to defeat George Bush.
Note that Edwards is also trying to woo us. What we should take fro this is the simple lesson that Dean's success is being universally recognized as a true asset. And this underscores the need for us to remain independent until the nomination, by voting for Dean in the primary so that our influence and desirability translates into real change and influence.
If we become absorbed into Kerry or Edwards' camps at this early stage, we will be forgotten. We must retain our "mystery" and thus our power.
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