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Sunday, December 07, 2003  

There's a point in every primary campaign where the inevitable becomes manifest. Dean's candidacy hasn't gotten there yet--but it's damn close.

Part of Dean's appeal is that he behaves in recognizably human ways. He talks with real emotion and seems to respond to events (if sometimes poorly) as they come. In this election season, Dean's responsive, even angry, voice has had political resonance. Many Dean supporters objected not just to the war in Iraq itself, but also to the Bush administration's failure to even maintain the appearance of listening to the massive protests and U.N. resolutions. By contrast, responsiveness is the essential sound of the Dean campaign. It is embodied not only in Dean himself, but also in the blog, which creates the impression of a constant dialogue between supporters and campaign staff, and in the organizing on the ground.

Progressives and Kucitizens: if we have to lose, this is not an unkind cut. He may not have the politics of Dennis, but it's been a long time since we've had a major candidate to support who didn't get his policy position from a polling firm.

posted by Jeff | 6:09 PM |
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