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Monday, January 12, 2004


Work The Plan

posted by Dana at Monday, January 12, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
The debates in Iowa are over. The final stretch run has begun.

All I can say is, work the plan.

The plan from the beginning has been to reach out to Iowans who seldom go to caucuses, to bring new people into the process. We have done it by writing letters, by personally going to Iowa, by sending e-mails.

For the next week, just work the plan.

The polls are all over the map. Most put us ahead by a few points. If we do succeed in bringing new people to the process, those polls will be off by a country mile.

So work the plan.

From the beginning Joe Trippi has had a brilliant plan for getting Dean this nomination. Just execute it. Be his instrument. Let him lead.

Work the plan. For the next week, work the plan, and if we all pull as hard as we can, we'll be where we need to be 8 days from now, and counting.


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