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Friday, September 10, 2004


Senator Dean? President Obama?

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, September 10, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
GS in the previous thread mentioned the idea of Senator Dean. What do you think? its an intriguing possibility. Dean is popular enough in VT to win office again, and as senator he'd still be able to cultivate DFA v2. Plus he would add a political power base to his organizational one.

Maybe we need Dean in the senate, making sure that his ideas remain part of the public debate: emphasis on fact-based policy, fiscal discipline, etc.

I really like the idea.

As for Obama, I think he wont be ready to run until 2012 at the earliest anyway, so lets not get ahead of ourselves :) and i want to see what Obama's Senate record will be before I endorse him for president the way i have endorsed him for Senate. By 2012, he will have a record we can evaluate with more detail.


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