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View Diary: Dean's Legacy & The Earthquake In Iowa & NH (163 comments)

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  •  nit to pick re Huckabee (0+ / 0-)

    Huckabee benefited from about two decades of work in organizing evangelic conservatives -- work he himself was not directly involved in. He was simply the one candidate these folks were interested in gravitating toward (all the GOP candidates on some level tried to gain their support).

    Obama and Edwards did not have the benefit of such long-term groundwork which makes their positions coming out of Iowa all the more impressive. Certainly there is likely to have been some "DFA effect" -- I'd be interested to know if it could somehow be calculated -- but Obama and Edwards also had to do a good bit of their own organizing.

    Hopefully the work each has done will be sustained in some manner with a permanent structure, akin to the evangelical block.

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