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Sunday, December 12, 2004
I hope Democrats really DO follow Dean’s advice, given today on NBC’s Meet the Press…
In his own words:
MR. RUSSERT: The NewRepublic has written an editorial opposed to your candidacy. It says, "This is one of those key moments when Democrats must decide what course to take in the wake of 2004 election. And making Dean their spokesman is exactly the wrong way to go. ... During the campaign, Dean embraced a particular, and utterly wrong, theory of how Democrats ought to win elections. Rather than focus on persuading centrists, he argued, Democrats should rile up their own base, which required the nomination of Dean rather than a more cautious new Democrat. `I concluded that the only way we can win is to really get our base excited: African Americans, Latinos, trade unionists, women and new young people.' ... This, too, proved false. ... The liberal base is simply not large enough to win national elections."
DR. DEAN: First of all, I don't think we're talking about a liberal base. I think we're talking about a populist base [OOOooooohhhhhh!], a base that wants economic justice, a base that wants fairness, a base that knows it's been left behind by a president who is much more interested in corporate welfare than he is of the welfare of the American public at large.
Second of all, our campaign didn't fail because I was wrong about the strategy. Karl Rove has used the strategy that the NewRepublic talked about incredibly successful. You didn't see the president becoming a centrist all of a sudden. The president is the most conservative really far-right president we've seen in my lifetime and he uses that very effectively to get his base to the polls.