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Wednesday, May 26, 2004


Politics Without Ego

posted by Dana at Wednesday, May 26, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
The second edition of the "Dean Dozen" has arrived, and a pattern is starting to emerge.

The new Howard Dean is without ego. He said during the campaign this wasn't about him, and he's as good as his word. He's becoming as useful an ex-candidate as Jimmy Carter is an ex-President.

What the "Dean Dozen" is about is highlighting people who were inspired to run by Dean, and who have a commitment to Dean's principles, no matter what they're running for, no matter whether they're incumbents, no matter (even) whether their race is "strategic."

How else do you explain Don McDaniel, a candidate for the Georgia General Assembly from heavily-Republican Gwinnett County. Don works in the tax law department of Cingular Wireless, and first got involved with politics last year through Georgia for Dean. (Of course he has a blog.)

Does Don stand a chance? Maybe, maybe not -- I don't know. Would he make a decent and thoughtful representative? I have little doubt of that.

And it's that, along with his support of Howard Dean, that put Don on the second Dean Dozen.

You see, it's not about Howard any more. It's about us. It's about getting us off our duffs, getting us involved, getting us into the rough-and-tumble of political effort, so we can make this country into something we can be proud of again.

I've criticized Howard Dean many times. I will again. But I am proud of him. He's a good man, and would have been a Great President.


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