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  • Downfall of Dean

       June 17, 2004

    Patio Pundit writes on the rise and fall of Howard Dean:

    When you have ten people in the race and you can attract 15-20% hardcore support that's enough for first place. Once you become the front-runner and the race starts to weed out candidates you have to build on top of your core support. The trouble for Dean is that the same qualities that attracted his core supporters frightened most everyone else. Making the transition to front-runner is difficult for any politican, but it that much harder for one whose support base is very different from the rest of the electorate.

    So what could Dean have done?

    The only way Dean could have won the nomination would have been for him to be two different people. He would have needed to run the exact same campaign that he did up until the primaries were about to begin, and them morph into a normal politician a month before Iowa.

    I think this is especially funny in light of the ongoing jokes about the constant Kerry flip flopping and waffling. But, Kerry probably does have the right strategy, the strategy Dean didn't use. As Right Wing News so eloquently put it: if John Kerry told people the truth, he'd lose the election.


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