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  •  Dean is a uniter every which way (4.00)
    Don't discount Dean. Discount instead the pundits who proclaimed his fall from grace as a predictable, and laudable thing.

    Dean got to be the prominent name in the early primaries because he stood for something strong: a principled position on the war, a principled position on taxes (by and large). He was not afraid to let people know what his principles were, even if that meant being highly critical of the current administration and "potentially alienating" certain interest groups. He was, and is, still supported by a huge grassroots movement, many of whom are lifelong "old" Democrats--the foundation of the party in some minds, but who have been treated by the DNC the way Rumsfeld treated "old Europe".

    Who was the special interest group that Dean offended and united as no other candidate could? Why, the moderates in the DNC and most other candidates (excepting, perhaps, Kucinich and Sharpton). Dean failed because his own party helped assassinated his campaign. Of course, he made some mistakes, and none was greater than scaring the party brass.

    Dean doesn't have "all" the answers, but he has a hell of a lot more of them than the DNC leadership.

    "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

    by thingamabob on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 01:27:11 PM PST

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