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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-05 08:58 PM
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3. It is so much harder identifying what went right, but
I really think from the beginning things were stacked against the Democrats. I think, in retrospect Kerry made a very close race of it.

- I agree that winning the debates hands down was essential. It let Kerry show the vast range of subjects on which he had clear detailed knowledge, both demonstrating that the Republican lie that he did nothing was false and showing his intelligence. On most issues, he was able to talk about something he did in his life.

In terms of using this next time, if Kerry is the candidate, I'm sure he'll be at least as good as he was. For any other candidate, they could do worse than to study what Kerry did.

- The web site and the blog were great. For those of us in blue states, it really allowed us to follow the campaign. We could get positions, read the blog, find when he (or others) would be on TV and hear what others say.

I hope this is continued next time and probably expanded.

- I think the use of Bruce Springsteen and others probably did heighten the feeling at the rallies in the end. (I watched the rallies in Philadelphia with Clinton and two rallies with Bruce (Nadison wisconsin and Cleeveland - I really think the latter 2 were much wilder. This is amazing as Clinton had more star power than any Democrat. I would imagine that Bruce may have pulled in more non-Democrats.

As most rock stars like the Democrats better, if they are willing the Democrats should use them again. (Especially if like Springsteen they express Democratic values. I think the Democrats should make sure that there is no Whoopi Goldberg issue. I think she can be hilarious, but I don't know where her brain was when she thought her joke was either funny or appropriate.)

-I think Kerry was a fantastic candidate. If he were given more exposure it would have helped.

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