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  •  Well, (none)
    technically Dean is a moderate...especially if Kate Michelman gets in the race.

    "Religion's in the hands of some crazy ass people..." Jimmy Buffett

    by Show Me Dem on Tue Jan 11, 2005 at 10:54:43 AM PST

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    •  But he's a populist (4.00)
      Moderate or "liberal" this is REALLY why they fight him.

      He isn't owned by corporations and special interests, and can derive his support from a large base of the common man.

      This theatens the SHIT out of them.

      All this talk about being "too liberal" is just a lie meant to distract from the real issue, which is that people like Al From and the people who think like him and who are aligned with him don't want to lose control of the Party.

      •  Control of the party (4.00)
        that's what this is about- even more so than populism is the fear of lose of power that comes from the status quo- at l east among the power that be. among the rank and file who come on here arguing against him. it remains me of republican brainwashing. They aren't Republicans, but they think like them.
      •  Populism is the KEY (none)
        Dean resonates with regular Americans who want someone who "gets" what they're going through and has the balls and smarts to stick up for them.

        That's exactly were the party has been at its best and strongest.  He's a progressive populist, and that's what it will take to get back some of those red and swing state votes that OUGHT to be voting Democratic every time.

    •  Dean supporters must help squash (none)
      the liberal lable. Heck I've joked that The "Govenator" of CA may be more liberal than Dean is ;-)

      One of my favorite pieces on Dean.
      Progressives in Vermont don't disagree. "Few people would have accused him of being a progressive governor in Vermont," says Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (one of the network of consumer and environmental advocacy groups founded by Ralph Nader). "It was not by accident that a strong progressive party was formed while he was governor here as an alternative to some of the positions he was taking."
      Read the whole thing
      •  That's why I am hesitant (none)
        for him to lead the party, he allowed his message to be totally co-opted by the anti-war faction. The reason he is seen as an ultra-lib is because of his actions (if his idea or some consultants). I am concerned with the possibility that he could do the same thing while DNC Chair and end up off on a rant while ignoring other issues.

        "Religion's in the hands of some crazy ass people..." Jimmy Buffett

        by Show Me Dem on Tue Jan 11, 2005 at 05:32:18 PM PST

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