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Thursday, February 12, 2004


Stop Your Moping

posted by Dana at Thursday, February 12, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
To hear the o-blog tell it, everything in Wisconsin is going quite well.

The crowds are big, the Doctor is "on fire," there are Dean buttons and banners everywhere you look.

Yet here, and in the media, everything is doom-and-gloom. Chuck(lehead) Todd at the National Journal is offering Dean "career advice," suggesting he "get out now" or wind up a national joke, a la Jerry Brown. If he couldn't win Washington (where he didn't advertise, but still came up with a solid 31%) he can't win anywhere, according to Chucklehead.

The Washington Media is in full-throat roar against us now. Don't turn on a TV, especially not cable. You're bound to be depressed. It's over, goes the universal chorus, over-and-over again, hoping it will create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

But who are those people? Howard Kurtz' wife is a GOP consultant. Judy Woodruff's husband Al Hunt is a Wall Street Journal reporter. David Bradley, owner of The National Journal, told an interviewer half his company's revenues come from the health care business.

When a party starts taking advice from its adversaries it should fold its tent. Why the rush to crown Kerry? The Media (except for Fox, owned by Rupert Murdoch) admits it over-played "the scream," in fact later evidence shows they made the "scandal" up out of whole cloth. Time Warner is one of Kerry's biggest corporate backers.

What I'm saying is we have a cause here worth fighting for, and we should fight for it until the Last Dog Dies (as Clinton once said). Maybe that dog will die. But no one should cross that bridge unless we get to it.

On Wisconsin.


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