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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-04 10:57 AM
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27. That sixth sense
could be that much of Dean's power comes from the recent campaign, not his past record. Not that his record is bad, otherwise that would be easy to rapidly analyze. Just that, if he were running even like Clinton, a low tone, economic focus bid from gubernatorial credentials he would be where he was once afraid he would be at this time- in the second rank griping about being closed out by system favored Southerners. In fact, his strong ability to deal a Congress as an executive is part of his platform message but few are getting that perspective these days. People wrongly see his plans as firebrand rhetoric, not as they may be, a strong wise confrontational plan to enact legislation. The extra things he did, or others did for him, sometimes loom larger than his total personal strengths, some lost in the campaign heat, but once the candidate all that will disappear from focus. Even recent endorsements bear that out stronger than blatant criticisms when they go on about his campaign miracles- and not him. And we know the nation- and his grass roots supporters- will have to decide all over again when Dean tries to present perhaps a different campaign posture, closer to his original intentions. Clinton did not do that or need to.

Something deeper than doubt there. Dean's machine may be driving his candidacy. This wouldn't be a problem if the strong possibility of alienation hadn't become part of its psyche, increasing fears of what will happen once it goes national. ironically, those most nervous about the machine are the most lustful for its ground support. That is not the voters' concern.

But fear has to be dispelled, doesn't it? I say dispel it with a fair vote and fair assessment and back the winner.
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