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Wednesday, January 21, 2004


Moderating Dean

posted by Christopher at Wednesday, January 21, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Dean has rallied his supporters for two years straight. He stood up to George W. Bush when nobody else would, and he addressed the need for strong, aggressive leadership within the party. Now, the other candidates have adopted the same posture. Good for them. Good for us. Good for the country. Dean is now going back to the traditional issues that brought him to the race - the bread and butter issues that the next election will turn on: balanced budgets, health care for every American, and local control for a host of other issues including public education.

This approach is what won him five consecutive elections in Vermont for Governor, and it's what many Vermonters find so appealing about Dean - sound fiscal policy coupled with a small government approach to solving most community problems, while preserving the federal social safety net for the most vulnerable among us. Here's hoping that just as the Dean campaign returns to a more substantive, as opposed to stylistic, approach, that the media does too. This Washington Post article is a good start.


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