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Thursday, January 15, 2004


Work Wins Elections

posted by Dana at Thursday, January 15, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Reporters are called "the boys on the bus" in large part because, whether they are boys or girls, they don't get off the bus.

It is a reporter's job to sell a story, to make it exciting, dramatic, tension-filled.

Pollsters play the same game. If there's no real change, if the front-runner waltzes on in, what do we need them for, anyway?

So we have the spin cycle, which is driving a lot of Dean people crazy right now.

But politicians aren't fools. Politicians know what wins elections.

Hard work wins elections. Volunteers win elections. Passionate support wins elections. Principles win elections, a message wins elections.

But mostly, especially in Iowa, it's hard work.

That's why Carol Mosely Braun is endorsing Howard Dean today. She has seen our work, she has seen the candidate's principles. She knows which of her opponents is most likely to succeed, and she has seen who deserves to.

In the words of my son's soccer coach, "Don't worry about it. Keep working. You got to run, you got to run hard." Run right through the final whistle, and the result will be what you deserve. And what you folks, all of you, deserve is nothing less than victory.


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