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KaraokeKarlton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-17-03 09:05 AM
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12. I actually think Dean is the most electable
Here's why...Dean has brought so many new people into the process across the country, that as long as all Democrats vote for him, with those new voters, there's no way Bush can win. Dean's candidacy has created a whole new "base". It's not mostly liberal activists anymore. The only people who really believe he's not electable fail to realize how significant the change in the base is. It's NOT the "liberal base" that Dean is exciting and energizing. It's some of those, but it's mostly people who have never voted in primaries before and a lot who simply don't vote at all.

Yes, Dean tends to put his foot in his mouth, but he possesses the ability to gracefully remove it just as quickly. Every politician says and does things they shouldn't sometimes. That's to be expected. However, many of those same politicians don't have the same capacity to rise above it.

It's true that Vermont's political makeup is pretty unique. It's not about Vermont being more liberal than anyplace else, because it's really not. It's a case of our liberals being extremely loud and active and much, much further left than typical liberals. More than anything, Vermont is Independent and we live and let live. Bernie Sanders is popular because he started out in a community he was well known is and people like his personality and honesty. His policies and party affiliations has nothing to do with it.

The only way Bush can do any harm to Dean is if Dean acts like Bush has damaged him. He won't do that. Dean has more confidence than any of the other candidates and he is very courageous. He's framing the race the way he wants it and has everyone else scrambling to respond to what he does. That's what wins the confidence of voters.
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