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Monday, February 09, 2004


Still Within The Plan

posted by Dana at Monday, February 09, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I just want to remind everyone here who thinks we've given up that this weekend's results are still well within the Neel plan, as originally outlined right after New Hampshire.

The plan was to ignore February 3 and shoot for a few delegates (check), to do well in the next three races to become a viable alternative to Kerry (check -- we finished second and picked up delegates without advertising) then to lay in wait in Wisconsin and turn the race on its head.

That turn could easily accelerate tomorrow, if Clark and Edwards do well in Tennessee and Virginia.

If Neel's plan fails, we're out on February 18. Win Wisconsin, however, and it's game-on for Super Tuesday -- New York, California, plenty of delegates to push Kerry in second to stay.

But I do get the impression, reading the notes here, the lack of new threads, and the press, that a lot of people have given-up.

Don't. Kerry is starting to be taken down by the media just as we were. He is far from 50% on delegates chosen so far.

The game is still afoot.


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