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Howard Dean

Andrew Sullivan, a columnist for Time Magazine, wrote a great column on why Dean is a better Democratic presidential candidate than Kerry, and he makes some excellent points (thanks, kizlj, for pointing this out). He calls John Kerry "Gore redux," which is basically how I feel about him. Too wishy-washy to really change anything, too dull to really be a threat to Bush. If Kerry gets the nomination, which is looking increasingly likely, I feel it'll condemn us to going through the 2000 election a second time.

With that in mind, consider that Dean says he will quit the race if he fails to win Wisconsin, which has its primary on Feb. 17th.

If you consider yourself a Dean supporter, now's the time to put forth that last-ditch effort for his campaign. Visit his site. Join the campaign. Write letters, send in a donation, whatever. He's the best damn chance this country has to shape up, and if we can get him in office, things will get better, and fast.

And if you're not registered to vote, for the love of all that's good, go register and cast your ballot when your primary comes around.

Comments

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kizlj
Feb. 5th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
I finally went and made a donation. Now let's hope I never switch to political journalism and have this come back to bite me.
rfreebern
Feb. 5th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
I actually can't donate, since I'm a federal contractor. But, y'know, mangofandango isn't! Plus, I can still write letters.
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rfreebern
Feb. 5th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)
Re: you inspired me
I'm planning on writing a few letters myself this evening. I'm glad you were inspired!
kittenaskat
Feb. 5th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC)
It's interesting, Washington state is holding its caucus this coming Saturday (I am unable to attend sadly, I'll be working that morning) and the local news last night was all about how Kucinich and Dean are here campaigning so heavily because Washington is a state they both think they can win. It makes good sense to me that Dean might win here, but I was a little surprised to see Kucinich's name tossed out as a possible winner of the state. If it was only the Seattle area voting, Kucinich might have a chance (we are one of the crunchier areas of the nation, so if anyone is going to support a vegan candidate it would be us) but I'm afraid adding in the East of the Cascades group will push us more mainstream. I think it'll be Dean or Kerry.

When does Wisconsin vote? I'm so not in the loop this year...
rfreebern
Feb. 5th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
Kucinich is odd. I love his politics, and they jive well with my own, but he must know by now that he doesn't have a serious chance of winning the nomination. So what's driving him?

Either way, WA going to Dean would be nice.

The WI primary is on Feb. 17th.
kittenaskat
Feb. 5th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
I was going to say that maybe he just believes in getting his message out there, but after reading his comments as reported by the AP yesterday, I think maybe Kucinich is just delusional...

Democrat Dennis Kucinich has only two delegates and low single-digit showings after nine nominating contests, yet he said Wednesday he's staying in the presidential race.

"The race for the nomination will go all the way to the convention," Kucinich said in a statement. "It is at the convention where I will win the nomination, based on the emergence of Iraq as the defining issue."

In the seven states that voted Tuesday, Kucinich finished with no more than 5 percent of the vote and none of the 269 pledged delegates at stake. A candidate needs 2,162 delegates to win the Democratic nomination...

(taken from SFgate.com)
allypopsicle
Feb. 5th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
actually, i was going to register democrat this past november so i could vote in the democratic primaries for pres. but they said, at least for new york state anyway, that you had to have registered with a party by october for you to be allowed to vote in the 2004 primaries. :(
rfreebern
Feb. 5th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
I hope you still registered Democrat so you can vote in the actual Presidential election!
allypopsicle
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
you can vote in the regular election in November regardless of your party.

:)
allypopsicle
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re:
as long as you're registered at all, that is. :)
fourcoffees
Feb. 5th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Sadly, the column seems to be just "Kerry is against the war so he sux0rs, and Dean is for the war so he r00lz0rs".
rfreebern
Feb. 5th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
Did you only read the fourth paragraph? He very definitely gives many more reasons why he prefers Dean over Kerry. (Also, Dean's very definitely against the current war, while Kerry voted in support of it.)
nightbird1823
Feb. 6th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
help those that are politics illiterate :)
Hello again Ryan,

I was wondering if you could give me a little info on why you support Howard Dean in the upcoming elections. I haven't really been following it much, and I'd like to learn a little more about the candidates. If you have some time, your opinion would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!
rfreebern
Feb. 6th, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: help those that are politics illiterate :)
Heh, I started writing a response to this and it got to be huge. I'm going to email it to you when I'm finished, because it contains a lot of detail. I think you'll be interested, though!
rfreebern
Feb. 6th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: help those that are politics illiterate :)
And now I realise I don't have your email address. Can you drop me a line at rfreebern@corknut.org or IM me at ryanfreebern ? Thanks. :)
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