Vindication

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Throughout this campaign, Barack Obama has reminded me a lot of Howard Dean in his run in 2004.

I’m too tired to get into the details of the similarities between the two and their campaigns; those are obvious: opposition to the Iraq war, voter empowerment, amazing online fundraising abilities, battling against the Democratic party establishment candidates, etc.

In the end, Obama proved to be a far better candidate than Dean ever was and Americans were more willing to accept a change in course in 2008 than they were in 2004. But we Democrats are fortunate that Dean became the DNC Chair as his 50 state strategy for the DNC was embraced by the Obama campaign, and that led to Obama victories in states like Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina.

So, I have a few quotes from Howard Dean to remind us of his vision for the country that led to Obama’s victory.

“At every turn when there has been an imbalance of power, the truth questioned, or our beliefs and values distorted, the change required to restore our nation has always come from the bottom up from our people.”

“Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party. We get lectured by people all day long about moral values by people who have their own moral shortcomings.”

I think most people… would be glad to pay the same taxes they paid when Bill Clinton was president, if only they could have the same economy they had when Bill Clinton was president.”

People have said I’m the candidate of anger. Well, we have a right to be angry. We lost 3 million jobs. We lost our place as the moral leader of the world.”

“The way we’re going to win elections in this country is not to become Republican lite. The way we’re going to win elections in this country is to stand up for what we believe in.

“This country was the moral leader of the world until George Bush became president.”

“We need to go everywhere. There is not one county in this state, I don’t care how far west you go, that doesn’t have Democrats. We have to be proud of who we are.”

“Dealing with race is about educating white folks…”

Thank you, Howard.

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2 responses to “Vindication

  1. I certainly hope that the people who criticized Dean for his 50 state strategy have come to realize that there was wisdom there. I certainly hope that the democrats choose to continue on that path.

  2. Yep, Terrant. Democrats can only expect to get votes in states where they ask for them.

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