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Polemonium Donating Member (660 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-03 08:41 PM
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55. Your generalizing
I've heard and said something similar at a recent get together of Dean supporters, but that does not imply that the only reason I don't support Kucinich is because I feel he is unelectable. He may well be electable, but articulating why I don't support a guy who has some good ideas is not easy to do in a few words. I'm not sure where this person who made this comment stands, but I imagine she reached her decision based on more than one or two factors. My support for Dean is based on something that I feel is much greater than ideas or rhetoric. My support for him is based on hope, and the involvement of thousands of Americans. Dean inspires hope, in a broad spectrum of people. That hope has resulted in more grassroots involvement than we have seen in 30 years. I support Dean because the ideas coming out of the Dean campaign are coming from us, and he is listening actively. Be honest, Dean is the most populist candidate we have seen in three decades. Clinton was popular, but he never had this kind of grassroots involvement. The other Dean supporters I've met are getting involved for the first time, and the people I have spoken to have been awakened to political involvement for the long term. Energizing people to take part in the political process is an amazing thing. Your right, populist politics resonate with the people and it is not a coincidence that the things coming out of the Dean campaign reflect populist ideas. Dean supporters feel real hope that the guy that we the people elect will be more responsive to we the people. Naive, perhaps but genuine hope none-the-less. Health care for all Americans is more likely to be fought for by a populist candidate, and a candidate with more fired up grassroots support is more likely to get health care for all Americans.

Kucinich may have been able to tap into this grassroots power, but the fact is that he didn't. We have the potential to have a real populist candidate. It is something that inspires hope that a populist agenda will again be found in D.C.
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