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Saturday, April 12, 2003


The American Prospect: Party People

posted by Christopher at Saturday, April 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
A run-down of all the candidates from the recent Children's Defense Fund event. A glowing review of Gov. Dean's performance (and some critiques). Read through it all, the last paragraph is worth it. The lead reads:

"Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is the Democratic Party's indie rock star. He lacks big production values. He's individualistic. He can be sullen and defensive. Sometimes he even dresses strangely. But when he turns it on, lays into one of his riffs and flashes that heart-melting smile, he drives the girls wild. And he makes you feel like you've been waiting your whole life for someone to say what he says, even though you didn't know it."


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