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Monday, February 02, 2004


Today's Inspiration

posted by Dana at Monday, February 02, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Graduate student Gareth Barkin has home-produced one of the best Dean commercials I've seen in some time.

The link in the paragraph above is to a Windows Media Player file. The link in the headline leads to files in other formats.

This has been one of the chief grassroots complaints against the campaign, the quality of its commercials. Since I don't live in Iowa I didn't see any of the official ads, but I can tell you this one is pretty good. It combines an honest attack on John Kerry's record with an uplifting pitch for the Dean message. Its only fault is the length -- 1:30. But that can be fixed.


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