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Wednesday, February 18, 2004


We're In Good Shape

posted by Dana at Wednesday, February 18, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Reading this blog last night you would think this was over. It's not. Far from it.

The more Democrats see of John Kerry the less they like him. All the flaws of last summer are coming back -- the smirk, the dismissive attitude, the arrogance, the Teddy Kennedy introductions, the veteran honor guard that reeks of the past.

Yes, Edwards has shot ahead of us. But he needs us. And we're picking up delegates everywhere.

What we'll see in the next two weeks is a tighter focus on both Kerry and Edwards. We will see negative stories on both.

We are nearly 20% of the Democratic primary votes outside the South, right now. If things keep going this way it makes Dean the margin between Kerry and Edwards. We can demand more than rhetorical support for our causes. We can demand a platform Deanists can live with. If present trends hold to Boston, both Kerry and Edwards will want Dean on their ticket.

And Dean himself is going to get another look. If he emphasizes balanced budgets, health care plans that can pass, and his record of standing against excessive spending in Vermont (as he is doing), he will finally become in the public mind what he really is -- the most conservative of the remaining candidates. And he'll start going up.

Will Dean win? It's unlikely. Will you win? It's nearly certain.

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds, in the sky you'll- get by.
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and may be tomorrow
You'll see the sun- come shinning through- for you.
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
All though a tear, may be ever so near
Thats the time you must keep on trying
Smile whats the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worth while- if you just smile.


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