Monday, February 16, 2004
movement building http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/02/16/mgrind.day.monday/index.html
Dean campaign officials tell the Grind that there's a large and growing chorus urging the governor to move on by creating an IRS-classified 527 or a 501(c)3 fund-raising committee, which would let Dean raise money and help congressional candidates, while offering him a separate platform from Kerry's presidential campaign.
"A lot of us want to see 'Dean for America' evolve into something more, something that helps more Democrats win elections based on the message we created," one top Dean strategist told the Grind. "The campaign has changed the party so much, and has really shown people what can be done if you inspire a movement of people. So a lot of us would like to see that organization continue. If it can't continue as a presidential campaign, we could still do some good for the party and for the country."
One other dynamic growing out of the dispersed camps of defeated Dems: Frustration with the compressed, front-loaded campaign schedule devised by Terry McAuliffe.
"People are frustrated, people are very frustrated. The people of Iowa, god bless them, decided this race for the rest of this country," one senior Dean aide told the Grind. "It was set up for someone to win Iowa and then win the whole damn thing. There was no time for anyone else to break through."
The only problem I have with all this is that there seems to be no one left in the Dean campaign who can successfully articulate the problem and take the movement forwards. Trippi is gone, Grossman was a turncoat, that really only leaves Kate O'Connor and Zephyr - and I suppose, Al Gore. Would a new DFA 527 simply be a general fund to help Democrats, or would there actually be some kind of criterion for a Democrat to qualify? I sense the former, which is both good and bad.
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