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Welcome to the Dean2016 group at Daily Kos!

The purpose of this group is to lay the groundwork for supporting Howard Dean if and when he should choose to enter the Presidential race for 2016.

The purpose of the Dkos group is to highlight and foster a community of support for Dean in 16 amongst the dkos community. There is also a more general blog at which will promote Dean in 2016 beyond the walls of the Orange.

Also, we have a twitter feed at @deanforamerica which is an aggregator of both the group and the blog, as well as selected Dean-related news stories.

These are just tools to prepare for the future. Please don't expect too much by way of activity just yet, as we are still getting organized. I expect that we will really start rolling after the '12 elections, but in the meantime if you support a Dean in 16 candidacy then please follow the twitter account, subscribe to the blog's RSS feed, and join this group!

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    City of Brass: principled pragmatism at the maghrib of one age, the fajr of another

    by azizhp on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 07:10:35 AM PDT

  •  Yes, it's time to start talking about this (1+ / 0-)
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    We need to build up a strong uncompromising progressive candidate for 2016, whether it's HD or Gore or somebody else (and maybe even somebody who unlike HD and Gore isn't a recovering centrist).

    "Maybe there's only one revolution, since the beginning -- the good guys against the bad guys. Question is: Who are the good guys?" ("The Professionals," 1966; Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster) to Hans Ehrengard (Robert Ryan).

    by brainwave on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 07:20:54 AM PDT

  •  One Thing, He's Got to Start Drawing Realworld (4+ / 0-)
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    gooderservice, Debby, polecat, wu ming

    party allies. POTUS isn't something that rank/file activists can ram down the party throat. The fact that we helped make him plausible for 04 was based on several flukes that CU has probably blown out of the water.

    As a potential candidate I'm all in. Dean has really mastered his media voice since that run, he deliver a line in the blink of an eye that's plain, brief and motivational. Biggest question is would he do it, 2nd biggest is would he have allies and backers.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 07:37:35 AM PDT

  •  Sorry, Dean is the past. Kirsten Gillibrand is (2+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, Statusquomustgo

    the future.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 07:37:38 AM PDT

    •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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      Mariken, ubertar

      I absolutely agree on the need to start discussing this early potential progressives to run for President in 2016 to combat a field that will otherwise be Cuomo/Schweitzer/O'Malley and other not-really-progressive types.  I just don't believe that Governor Dean is the answer to the question.

    •  qwatz (0+ / 0-)

      I don't see why DKOS would want to support a for-profit healthcare lobbyist-in-all-but-name for president.

      As senior strategic advisor at McKenna Long & Aldridge, a heavyweight Washington lobbying firm, Dean played a prominent role representing the biotech industry during the healthcare bill debate, staking out a position on biopharmaceutical drugs that was decried by consumer groups.
      Dean is also currently one of the most prominent paid voices in a public-relations campaign on behalf of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an obscure and controversial Iranian militant group that is aggressively lobbying the Obama administration to remove it from the official list of terrorist organizations.

      Bill Belichick also has 10 million gallons of crude oil stashed away, just in case.

      by 2liberal on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 07:54:14 AM PDT

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    •  Elizabeth Warren would rock it too :) (0+ / 0-)

      "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." Ansel Adams....................... "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers

      by Statusquomustgo on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 08:45:15 AM PDT

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    •  I like her, too. Don't see it as an either-or (0+ / 0-)

      prospect, though.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 09:18:29 AM PDT

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  •  No thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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    Debby, wu ming

    When the 2016 election comes around, I'll give my support to someone who respects freedom of religion.

    Dr. Dean's conduct during the controversy over the Cordoba House project in NYC suggests that he doesn't sufficiently respect that essential freedom.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 08:26:45 AM PDT

    •  That is my stumbling block. (0+ / 0-)

      I got misty when I read this diary's headline. I went all-in for Dean in 2003/2004. I have an orange hat from Iowa. I always said Dean was the one guy who hasn't disappointed me, whatever the outcome. And I was so ashamed to hear him speak about the Cordoba house. I'd like to hear him walk that back and then I might consider going all-in again.

      Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

      by Debby on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 09:00:52 AM PDT

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  •  not sure he's the man for the moment in 2016 (1+ / 0-)
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    but i'll happily support him over another milquetoast wall street centrist, if that's how it pans out.

    the way that 2012 and 2014 play out, esp. at the state level, will provide the lion's share of our field of candidates for 2016, is my guess. the coming decade's politics is going to look rather different from the last two or three, and it will disadvantage those whose political instincts were formed then.

    that being said, dean gets the proper relationship of a candidate al the electorate better than most dems, and he's far better at mastering the lakoff frames. so i'll keep an eye out.

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