Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

June 28, 2004

by J

Not Optimistic

Joe Trippi has written a tell-all book.

Given what happened in the first few days of Change For America, and given what I just read in the introduction (in which Joe implicitly calls Dean a liar in a footnote), I don't have a great feeling about this.

Nonetheless, I'll probably read it.


For completeness' sake.
Posted by J at June 28, 2004 03:05 PM | TrackBack

Wow -- that intro is heavy. I don't know if I want to read the rest. You'll tell us about it, though, I hope? :)

Posted by: Shooter in AZ at June 28, 2004 05:08 PM

If I read it, I'm sure I'll comment on it here.

Posted by: J at June 28, 2004 05:36 PM

I think you misread the footnote. He was indicating that the press kept using second hand sources and that only Dean and him were in the room.

"Slightly different versions of this story have appeared in various media reports quoting Howard as saying he didnít want to be president. Itís worth noting that only Howard Dean and I were in the room that day."

The governor has denied to this day saying that he didn't wwant to win. Trippi is confirming Dean's account.

Posted by: Adam Mordecai at June 30, 2004 01:27 AM

Adam is right -- I confirm the Gov's account -- my account of that meeting matches with the Governor's and not with the press accounts which in many ways is the point of much of the book.

Posted by: Joe Trippi at June 30, 2004 12:53 PM

In that case, I found the footnote to be ambiguous, but I'm willing to chalk it up to a misinterpretation. Still the Intro (and some of the promotional commentary I've seen around) reads to me as an effort to diminish Dean. I hope that's not the case. It's possible to applaud and promote grassroots and participatory democracy without at the same time undercutting their most recent standard-bearer. I worry that this is an attempt at the latter, although I recognize I should read the entire book before coming to that conclusion.

Posted by: J at July 4, 2004 05:55 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

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
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

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

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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