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Friday, July 09, 2004


federal spending

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, July 09, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Liberal Oasis scored an invite to the launch party for Trippi's new book, and has this cool tidbit:

Perhaps most importantly, (Trippi) credited Howard Dean and his supporters for bypassing the federal campaign fund system, without which Kerry would not have done the same and been able to match Bush nearly dollar for dollar.

As Trippi noted, that was not in Karl Rove's plan.

Keep in mind that if Kerry had accepted matching funds, Bush would have steamrolled the media by now unopposed. Dean's campaign was critical to changing the dynamics of the 2004 election in a fundamental way. Victory really will be ours, in a sense.


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