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Wednesday, December 17, 2003


Who's Got The Backbone? Who's The Jellyfish?

posted by Heath at Wednesday, December 17, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
As our collective swoon of elation for our mighty military's capture of Saddam levels off, Dean Nation continues to go about our daily business of getting Howard Dean elected President. After all, fighting global terrorism can't just be about trophy hunting in Iraq when so many of our soldiers are getting killed and maimed along the way. We've got our work cut out for us to explain to voters why Dean's approach to foreign policy is a much better alternative to the NEO-CON one.

Well, what's more business-as-usual than submitting our nominations for Dean Nation's coveted BACKBONE and JELLYFISH awards?
There are plenty of little plots going on out there for JELLYFISH; hidden ads, Hillary's shadow, Joe's wimpering--but let's also try to think of those who have been showing the most BACKBONE that helps us counter the latest GET DEAN media storm.

I'm simply humbled to be part of a political movement that DEMANDS fundraisers every time we are attacked. There's never been anything quite like it folks! It's history! In keeping with tradition, though, we'll give the awards to other deserving individuals or groups.

I can think of a few--how about you?

UPDATE: Awards Now Open To Other Candidates As Well!

**For the record, sorry last week's winners didn't get posted. Gore won the Backbone award for obvious reasons. Jellyfish went to Gephardt's staff member who was blackmailing/threatening union members. Her name is forgettable.


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