Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 20, 2004

by J

Dionne Gives Dean Props

EJ Dionne gives Dean (part of) his due in an op-ed in the Post this morning.
Which introduces another paradox about Dean's effort: Whatever his campaign's failings, it will be seen as a turning point in the way Democrats approach politics. Dean's organizational innovations -- particularly his success in raising money on the Internet -- revolutionized fundraising and helped create a mass base of small donors the party has not had since George McGovern's 1972 campaign. Kerry and other Democrats are also copying Dean's use of "house parties" to turn citizens into activists by bringing them together in a congenial, low-key atmosphere. Appropriately, Dean's just completed book on politics is called "You Have the Power."

Above all, Dean's rise in 2003 was a symptom of the Democratic rank and file's intense desire to turn itself into a fighting force. The higher Dean went in the polls, the sharper his rivals became in their criticisms of Bush. "I don't mind that people took the message," Dean says. "I really think that was good for the Democratic Party, and that it is essential to beating George Bush."

So next week's convention will belong to John Kerry and John Edwards. But it will be held in the political house largely built by Howard Dean.
In other Dean news, he'll be speaking in Rome on September 12, 2004 a week after speaking in Dubai. Howard Dean's going global! Look out!
Posted by J at July 20, 2004 12:28 PM

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