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Friday, November 07, 2003


TIME Columnist Joe Klein Offers His Southern Strategy Opinion

posted by Heath at Friday, November 07, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
TIME columnist Joe Klein isn't exactly cheerleading for Governor Dean in his articles, however, he recognizes a crock of *hit when he sees it.


And that's exactly what he says he saw over the flag issue during the night of the Boston debate fiasco.

Klein was filing a story at the time so I apologize for not asking him to put his phone down to share his feelings.

A Southern strategy? Is there one yet? That's what Klein seems to be wondering about after the speech (Cooper Union, NYU 11/5/03) that political hipster Carl with a K has so generously shared with us below. Check it out.

Here's Klein:

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It should be interesting to see if his next column reflects any of this if he's on the road with Dean...

(this video is also posted at where we'll be updating our video archive section for you soon!)


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