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Saturday, August 09, 2003


Open Thread

posted by Trammell at Saturday, August 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
So many things to talk about! Meetups, backbones, and of course, the competition. Blogs are sprouting, Issa's pouting, Davis is in trouble. The Texas 'pugs are hypocrites and Rove & Co. have got the, uh, runs, over the worst set of numbers since before 9/11. And this article, which reports that the AFL-CIO is comparing notes on the "likability" of the Dem candidates:
First, he has assigned a young filmmaker, younger than 25, to follow each of the nine candidates around. The purpose is to catch unguarded moments on tape and capture "the soul" of each candidate. The tapes will be shown to 1,500 of the union's most politically active members at a meeting in September. [...] Based on regular checks with members, Stern said, the top three choices so far are Dean, Gephardt and Kerry. All three meet the threshold for proposing a detailed plan to expand health care with a way to pay for it, he said, and all three are competitive in fund raising and polls.
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