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  •  While I don't believe (4.00)
    Dean would have made a good presidential candidate, I believe that he, more than anyone else, is responsible for the astonishing growth of grassroots support that has flourished on the Internet.  This has resulted in increased financial support for the party (for the first time, we were at spending parity with Republicans this year) as well as an increased voice for people who have long been without such a voice.  Now, the Party may only be listening because of the money, but the support is critical to the future recovery of Democratic political fortunes.

    In addition, Dean is a fervent believer in reinvigorating the state and local party machinery, which has long been dormant.  The DNC in recent years has acted pretty much solely as an adjunct to the presidential campaign, and goes quiet for three years in between campaigns.  This is stupid, and must change.

    Dean is largely responsible for the renewed interest in these issues, and I agree with him.  He is high energy, he is vocal, he is passionate, and while McAuliffe deserves at least some praise for the fact that the Party is not dead broke right now like it usually is after a national campaign, it is time to return the party machinery to a political guy, and not to a financial number cruncher.

    As a candidate, I believe that Dean was wrong guy, wrong time.  No message discipline, and a lot of exploitable weaknesses.  As a party chairman, right guy, right time, and a lot more strengths than weaknesses.

    "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." Mencken "This is one of those times." Me

    by jsmdlawyer on Tue Jan 11, 2005 at 10:34:37 AM PST

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    •  Dean's Grown On Me Too (none)
      As a party chairman, right guy, right time, and a lot more strengths than weaknesses.

      You echo my sentiments exactly.

      As a Richard Gephardt supporter during the primaries, I was (to put it bluntly) skeptical and dismissive of Howard Dean's candidacy.  But I also thought that Dean was treated rather unfairly by the Democratic Party's establishment.

      Dean's graceful exit as a candidate, his efforts on behalf of John Kerry during the General Election, and his support of statewide candidates changed my opinion of him.

      Most importantly, he seems to have a set of core beliefs and principles.  What's not to like about that?

      A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

      by JekyllnHyde on Tue Jan 11, 2005 at 02:10:25 PM PST

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    •  Me Too (none)

      Because I looove to listen to him.  And I think others, even people in Red States, will too.

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