In an article with a title vaguely reminiscent of a Dean campaign press release circa June 2003--"Democrat Kerry Raises $10 Million Through Internet in 10 Days"
John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic U.S. presidential nominee, has raised $10 million from donations made on the Internet since he won nine of 10 primary contests on March 2, his campaign said.
The total is more than the $8 million Kerry raised from all donors in February, when he still faced primary challenges from other Democrats.
The line between "insider Kerry" and "Dean--the outsider," has been erased. In the long run, a more democratic political process will diminish the relevance of "candidate Dean", just as it will extend the political innovations of the Dean campaign. The more candidates rely on small contributions from individual voters the more they will act like brazen ousiders. They will want to learn why we sponsor their tickets and will give us what we pay for.