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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

 

The House Dean Built http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63064-2004Jul19.html

posted by Christopher at Tuesday, July 20, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
On the eve of the Democratic Convention in Boston, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes a wonderful piece on why Democrats are really celebrating the platform that Howard Dean created. We'll all be pulling for Kerry and Edwards this November, but Howard Dean was the rejuvenating catalyst for Democrats this election will be remembered for... an excerpt:
 
"Above all, Dean's rise in 2003 was a symptom of the Democratic rank and file's intense desire to turn itself into a fighting force. The higher Dean went in the polls, the sharper his rivals became in their criticisms of Bush. "I don't mind that people took the message," Dean says. "I really think that was good for the Democratic Party, and that it is essential to beating George Bush."
So next week's convention will belong to John Kerry and John Edwards. But it will be held in the political house largely built by Howard Dean."


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