Over the last week or two I’ve been hearing otherwise intelligent people saying “oh well, that’s it for Dean”. They seem to be swallowing the major news media’s annointment of Kerry as having already won the Democratic primary nomination (despite less than 25% of that vote having been cast). Why are they accepting this version of reality without question? It doesn’t make sense to do so.
There’s a lot more voting to come – including, in most cases I’ve encountered, the doubters’ own opportunity to have a say – and Dean is in second place. I think he may already have more delegates than Clinton did at this point 12 years ago (sorry I didn’t have time this morning to look up where Clinton stood after Virginia & Tennessee) and is still picking up hundreds of campaign volunteers a day.
Even if for some other reason than having read in a major media source (owned by a big corporation with a keen interest in getting an anti-special interest candidate knocked out of the race) you are convinced that Dean won’t win the nomination, it is more important than ever to keep his campaign rolling. Dr. Howard Dean has done more to revitalize the Democratic party than anyone in the last four years. The issues being discussed by the other leading candidates have been raised by Dean since he declared his candidacy. If these issues matter to you, keep (or start) supporting Dean. If we want the current administration out of the White House, we cannot make it happen with the kind of ‘roll over & take whatever agenda they set’ approach the Democrats have been taking under this presidency.
I found this great quote from Chris Cooper in the comments on the Dean campaign blog and I want you to bear it in mind when the criticisms of Kerry & Edwards start flying around and you’re thinking about who will really be the best candidate against George W. Bush in November:
For 6 months the RNC, the media, and the other Democratic contenders sifted through Dean’s record and the best they could come up with is that he is “angry.” That’s all they got folks.
Well, I gotta tell ya. I’m angry too. Bush and his cronies have got to go before we lose any more of our freedoms, what little goodwill this country has in the world, any more jobs, or any chance of recovering from the staggering debt they are running up.