Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 9, 2003

by V

Fuzzy Math

Found via today's Note: two "Dean can't win" stories from the New York Post: McGovern II... [Dick Morris] ...or a New Carter? [Eric Fettmann]

Gee. It would be easier to take either of them seriously if they both didn't get the same easily-checked fact wrong in exactly the same way (and, coincidentally, both got it wrong in a way which makes Dean look weaker; shocking).

How much money did Dean raise in the second quarter, again? Morris: $6.5 million. Fettmann: $6.5 million. Dean campaign and numerous sources in Lexis-Nexis: $7.5 million.

Ah, but what's a million-dollar error between political operatives...

Alternative hypothesis: Though their columns are dated today, maybe they're actually living in the world of June 29th, when $6.5 million was the known number. Hey, that might explain a few things.

So: Morris and Fettman both declare Governor Dean 'unelectable'. Put the NY Post in the stack for 'Fire the Fool!' letters come November 2004.
Posted by V at July 9, 2003 01:19 PM

If Dean's so 'unelectable' why aren't all these insider bigshots just ignoring him like they're ignoring Kucinich, Moseley Braun, and Sharpton?

Instead it's: He's too liberal! He's not liberal enough! He doesn't have any money! He's spending too much money! He has no name recognition! His (all 50-state) supporter base is too white! Too male! Too wired! Too green! And so on, and so on.

What are they so afraid of? I'll tell you: The Republicans are afraid of someone who'll actually point out Bush's duplicitous incompetencies straightforwardly. The Beltway Dems are afraid that he'll win and he won't owe them a thing.

The people, though, you all remember the people, right? They like Howard, they support him, they'll work for him, and even when they don't agree with him 100% (as I don't), they know that he'll approach challenges rationally and pragmatically.

Go, Dean, Go.

Posted by: J at July 9, 2003 03:35 PM

That's funny, I thought Carter succeeded in becoming President. Shall we rewrite that history now too?

Posted by: tate at July 10, 2003 12:08 AM

Their titles are somewhat misleading: Morris says Yes, Dean is McGovernish, Fettmann says No, Dean is not Cartery and will lose much like McGovern.

So, it's a real high-contrast point/counterpoint they've got going there...

Posted by: V at July 10, 2003 12:26 AM

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