Tactics and Substance in U.S. Elections GoogleNews: congressional.election

July 28, 2003

by J

Shields on Dean Corps

I think the Dean Corps, which is not yet very organized and tends to be quite ad hoc, is the most brilliant idea to come out of the Dean campaign. Mark Shields seems pretty impressed with it, too, in this piece:
The Dean Corps has already been involved in environmental cleanups, which given the popular image of the Vermonter's following, is not surprising. But if a presidential campaign actually does perform valuable human and social service and helps to restore a fraying sense of community, that could potentially change the entire dynamic of the caucus turnout next January 19.

Imagine the profound contrast between the Dean campaign volunteers feeding the hungry and comforting the lonely with the Bush pioneer/rangers corralling their $200 million swag for a primary in which the president is unopposed.

Posted by J at July 28, 2003 8:24 PM

We really enjoyed watching the numbers on “the bat” at blogforamerica.com go up—showing that a grassroots “people-powered” movement really can win against the Bush-Cheney special interests support. We really *do* have the power to take our country back!

The next National Dean Meetup Day is Wednesday, August 6 at 7 pm. With the momentum of the past couple days of fundraising, this seems like a great time to focus on spreading the word about Dean to people who are not part of the internet community. To help with that mission, we created some Meetup posters and have made them available on our People Powered Graphics site at http://dean2004.bmgbiz.net. You can print either a color version or a black and white version, and there is a space where you can write in the location and any contact details for your local Meetup.

People Powered Graphics

Posted by: Renee at July 29, 2003 9:36 PM

I agree - energy is high, let's tap it and provide a tangible result along with a reason for energy to continue growing. A couple agenda items from meetups are "how to reach non-internet constituants" and "how to capture media coverage". Dean Corps is the obvious answer and a super positive one at that.

Posted by: Greg at August 7, 2003 6:47 PM

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Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
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Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
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Clinton Wars
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Blinded by the Right
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Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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