Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

June 9, 2004

by J


The Democratic primary in the Virginia 8th has been touted by some as a Dean-Kerry grudge match, with Dean supporting incumbent Jim Moran and Kerry (or Kerry surrogates like Bob Shrum) supporting challenger Andy Rosenberg.

I found the slime being flung about extremely distasteful. Long-time Dean-supporter "Maura in VA" was volunteering for Jim Moran and was tireless on dKos and on the campaign's own weblog in rebutting the smears and defending her candidate. This thread was particularly enlightening.

Moran won by 19 points and is facing a Republican named Cheney (no relation) in the fall.

Virginia is trending purpler and purpler according to Rasmussen.

At the same time, the state house is full of hateful bigots. Jefferson must be spinning in his grave.

Another race to keep an eye on is VA-5 where Al Weed is challenging Republican incumbent Virgil Goode.
Posted by J at June 9, 2004 08:15 AM

This seems to me to confirm the gist of the WSJ piece on Dean that you referenced the other day. If Kerry wins it may very well be more due to Dean's efforts coupled with Bush's record than anything Kerry says or does.

Posted by: Kevin at June 9, 2004 12:36 PM

I was wrong about the "no relation" bit. Apparently Cheney's husband is a distant relation (whatever that means) of Dick Cheney's -- according to the Post this morning.

Posted by: J at June 10, 2004 10:30 AM

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