Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

November 26, 2003

by J

The Serious and the Fun

Zephyr Teachout is one of the best weblog entry writers over at BFA. She's heading up the Drive for Democracy which is running all around the country coordinating with Grassroots Dean supporters. Her entry today was especially good, describing her stay with the granddaughter of a suffragette.
Mathilda Jocelyn Gage wrote the Declaration of Rights for Women on the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and distributed it at the 1876 Centennial Convention in Philadelphia.

When Mrs. Burdick became Senator, a reporter who knew about her grandmother called and asked, "what would you think your great-grandmother would say about you being a Senator?" and she answered, "She would have wanted to know why it took us so long."

Her books are on the shelf next to the fire, and I’m sleeping in what Senator Burdick calls the “Antiquities Room,” because so much of the furniture is from her grandmother and great-grandmother.

Inside Volume I of the History of Women's Suffrage written by Gage, Anthony, and Elizabteh Stanton, suffragette Anna Dickinson scrawled a personal note under a picture of herself –

the world belongs to those who take it
But, part of the joy of the Dean campaign is a healthy mix of fun with the serious work of getting Dean nominated. In the comments to this post, Oscar in Louisville has rewritten the Battle Hymn of the Republic:
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the fall of the fat cats:
We are trampling out the lies of Rove like picnickers swat gnats;
We have loosed the fateful funding of our terrible swift bats:
The truth is marching on.

I have seen Dean in the writings of an hundred blogger posts,
We have builded him a campaign spanning east and western coasts;
I can read his daily statements on the site Large Matthew hosts:
Dean’s day is marching on.

I have read Howard’s positions and no-one is his equal:
We are reaching folks from Miami up to the Space Needle;
And all over the United States, “Hey! I see Dean People!”
Howard is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet and we shall not drop the ball;
We are winning hearts and minds just like when Saul turned into Paul:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer them – “Yes, we can win this, y’all!”
Our Dean is marching on.

In the beauty of the mountains Dean was gov’nor in VT,
With integrity abundant that empowers you and me:
As he ran to give us power, let us take back our country,
While Dean is marching on!
This made me grin. Well done, sir!
Posted by J at November 26, 2003 07:40 AM

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