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Saturday, January 03, 2004


Dean Keeps Fighting For You In New Hampshire!!! David Gergen's Listening...

posted by Heath at Saturday, January 03, 2004 permalink View blog reactions

At least 20 cars had skidded off the icy roads as the DeanTV action news vehicle maneuvered it's way to Nashua, New Hampshire today to cover Dean. The weather was perfect for black-ice conditions on I-89 and 93. I missed the Peterborough Town Hall event, but made it just in time for the VFW speech. Justin Burkhardt of Dean For New Hampshire helped me get by the fire marshal who was turning people away because, typically, the event was packed by the time I got there.

A fun part of these trips has been listening to the AM Radio Talk Show hosts on the way. Yes, more often than not, it's the right wing drool that's perpetuated on the airwaves throughout the pines and rocks of the rural areas. But the People of New Hampshire are a real feisty, independent bunch that actually get out to learn for themselves about who will give GW the best fight. It seems pretty clear who they think that is at this point. Those from the loyal competition who are so panic-stricken should chat with some of these independent folks in NH to educate themselves about why people are so fired up for Dean.

Well, it doesn't look like the crowds are getting any smaller for Governor Dean despite articles like "Not Just Whistling Dixie" by Washington Post Staff Writer Mark Leibovich (Friday, January 2, 2004). It's not a total hack job, but par for the course lately from the Post. We miss you Ben Bradley.

One interesting personal observation about Dean at a recent South Carolina event by this WAPO writer peaked my interest as it was read--word for word mind you--on the AM Radio Station of the moment:

But the speech strains with a going-through-the-motions quality. Dean's voice, hoarse from overuse and soft from fatigue, betrays the hesitation of a man who is learning to choose his words more carefully.

I took this quote to heart as I entered yet another VFW hall to see about this writer's observations about Dean. Yes, Dean is tired. He has been from the start because he works harder than the others. It takes a lot out of you to inspire someone instead of just talking to them. Dean probably just wants it more. And, yes, today he did choose his words a little more carefully but essentially gave the same speech and had people on their feet. Remember, he's not even supposed to be speaking anymore and getting people across the country all riled up. He better be careful, because the "pros" are listening (you know--the guys that have been fighting Bush and the NEO-CONS so successfully for us).


I tried to get some words of inspiration from Dean for you, but was politely turned aside by a handler. You can understand why they are getting more guarded. Those poor people are swamped. Maybe next time?

So here's a video clip from Political Giant David Gergen who thinks we have some work to do before history is made for Dean. Gergen has been an active participant in American national life. He served as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Clinton.

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Gergen was willing to serve in the Clinton Administration as a sense of duty to his country. Now that's the Democratic spirit!

This post originates from Governor Dean's UNOFFICIAL "Fairly Balanced" Web-TV Network


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