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Wednesday, April 07, 2004


First New Backbone

posted by Dana at Wednesday, April 07, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
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So let's be bi-partisan and give our first "backbone award" of the new Dean Nation to Richard Clarke. He's not someone I would have ever guessed we might honor -- rock-ribbed Republican he is -- but when you know you're going to be hammered and you stand up anyway that's backbone.

That's what we all need to do.

Obviously an honorable mention here must go to Karen Kwiatkowski, not just because this history buff wanted to link to something by Pete McCloskey (who had the backbone to run against Nixon in the 1972 Republican primaries). I strongly suspect she'll be in public again so we can get one to her.

There have been so many jellyroll nominees in the last week's news I'm going to hold this embarrassment of riches who stands out?


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