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Thursday, January 15, 2004


The Sound and the Fury

posted by Brian Ulrich at Thursday, January 15, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
There's nothing specific to link to here, I've just been listening to the press coverage lately and remembering back to a year ago when Gephardt was a sure thing in Iowa, Dean's only hope was to somehow edge out Kerry in New Hampshire, and Wesley Clark was a TV commentator. Now the fact Dean might not win Iowa is spun as a threat to his campaign continuing. I know momentum matters, but these spin cycles all seem so bizarre. I mean, if we lose Iowa and win New Hampshire, will it be because our resurgent campaign held off Clark, giving it momentum heading into unfriendly southern territory?

Don't worry about the future. Make the future.


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