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Thursday, October 09, 2003


Charley Reese on Howard Dean

posted by annatopia at Thursday, October 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Wow, Charley Reese totally gets it:
Whether you agree with him or not, Howard Dean actually believes in his convictions. He is a genuine man. An honest, genuine man will not suffer fools lightly, nor will he stand around like a dummy with a phony smile on his face while he hears himself lied about.
I probably would not agree with Dr. Dean on all of his positions, but I certainly trust him, if he is elected, to do what he honestly believes is in the best interest of the country. That's more than I can say for any of the other candidates. It's this quality of being real and genuine that I think has attracted hundreds of thousands of people to his campaign.
What people see is an intelligent man who isn't catering to the press, who isn't resorting to weasel words. This could be, and I pray it is, the start of a sea change in American politics. It could be that after so many disappointments, Americans are finally wising up to the professional politicians whose statements are manufactured for campaign purposes only.

Read the whole thing. This is some good stuff.


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