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Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Dean's Family is a Strength

posted by Brian Ulrich at Wednesday, January 14, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
This post by DLC-ish Democrat Allsion Kaplan Sommer tells us something important: No matter how the press tries to spin things, people who get facts for themselves can make up their own mind. I understand Dean's desire to keep his family out of politics, but have the feeling it isn't really an option at the Presidential level: If the press thinks you are important, they will come and find you. And thinking in terms of strategy, given the reputed drift of many Jewish voters toward the Republicans, being able to refer to, say, a son's bar mitzvah wouldn't be all bad, even apart from the independent woman theme.


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