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Thursday, March 04, 2004


True Believers: Life Inside the Dean Campaign

posted by Christopher at Thursday, March 04, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
This Sunday at 8pm, CNN is set to air a special documentary following the highs and lows of the Dean campaign. For anyone who has been involved, this should be a great tribute to Dean, and a look at what went wrong (through the lens of the media, at least). I'm also hoping they'll do a little work on what comes next for Gov. Dean. Hope they took the time to arrange for an interview with him, although I doubt it. My guess is this is culled from their video archives. Probably won't offer anything new, but it should be fun to revisit the high points. Enjoy!

UPDATE: (Aziz) The documentary is actually about the campaign staff, not the Governor himself. It mostly follows Matthew Gross and Mark Sundeen (both of whom are now blogging at CFA) around during the Sleepless Summer Tour. It should be a very interesting look behind the scenes and the media firewall. Karl has a reviewed a rough cut if you want more detail.


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