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Monday, August 11, 2003


Guerrilla of the Week

posted by G at Monday, August 11, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Guerrilla News Network, an alternative news site, names Dean "Guerrilla of the Week" and has an exceptionally good analysis of Dean from the left. THe intro is as follows:
He's graced the covers of both Time and Newsweek. He's clocking more dollars than Foxwoods on fight-night. He's even got a blog. The dude's got mainstream mojo. No doubt.

But everyone on the Left is asking: Is Howard Dean a true progressive with a real shot at the big house? Or is he just another Democratic Party shill with a pocket full of promises and a one-way ticket to the George McGovern Retirement Home for Veterans of Electoral College Blow-Outs?

Today on, we examine the Dean Machine. It goes without saying the tough-talking former Vermont governor is far from ideal by most traditional lefty standards: He's pro-death penalty, anti-gun control, and a so-called fiscal conservative. He's famously anti-war, but he's recently talked about sending more troops to Iraq, not bringing our boys and girls home. Despite all that, it would be hard to argue that Dean isn't making a pretty damn good case that he's the best thing the Left has going as we head into the '04 election season. He says what he believes, and he's energized tens of thousands of citizens (including a high percentage of young people) across the country. He also has the Party leadership shaking in their loafers. Just based on the idiotic things Joe Lieberman has said about him, he must be doing something right.
The accompanying "Progressive Case for Dean" is very well done, including material about Dean that even I hadn't seen--and I thought my knowledge of Dean's policy statements was encyclopedic. The GNN people take their research seriously. A must read.


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