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Sunday, August 15, 2004


Dean Democrats Making a Difference

posted by Brian Ulrich at Sunday, August 15, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Late summer news got you down? Maybe reading this will cheer you up:

"Out of the smoldering embers of the Dean Presidential campaign, 1000 points of light are emerging nationwide. It was just over a year ago that the Democratic Party leadership stated that we wouldn't be able to retake the US house until 2012. Now suddenly the Party is imbued with a new spirit of optimism. Why? Because, that cold day in Iowa when the DLC and the Republican right-wing breathed a sigh of relief as the Dean campaign went down in defeat--few people noticed that the Dean movement continued to fight on undaunted..."


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