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    I think the Republicans can't do this for two reasons.
    1. The Republican base is less technologically sophisticated than the Democratic base.  A large number of their most enthusiastic supporters are not able to be organized easily and cheaply via the internet.
    2. Republicans are reasonably afraid of having their base carry their message.  It's one thing to have racists and bigots write checks to your campaign.  It's another thing entirely to have them go door to door as your representatives.  
    In conclusion, the "grassroots" campaign model that Howard Dean is patenting does not fit the Republican party, or even every branch of the Democratic party.  There are important constituencies (retired people, impoverished minorities, etc.) within our party that are not internet-saavy, and the ultra-left does not well represent us to the nation.  This model will only work for a candidate who can excite the radical middle of our political spectrum.  

    In Dean's case, I think this has come about through a combination of his own fiscally conservative and socially liberal policies, and antipathy towards the extreme right-wing agenda of the current administration.

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