<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Yeah whatever, it's the public's perception of Dean that counts in th end Sean.<p><hr></blockquote><p>was there something in my post that said otherwise because that's largely what i said, mike...it was the perception and i also said that he had no chance.<br><br>but, regarding social issues. dean was not in favor of same sex marriage and most other social issues didn't even come up in debates and sound-bytes, so i am not sure where you get that idea other than...again, "the perception." i guess the only reason i care is that i hate seeing you fall for the media's story, hook, line, and sinker. dean wasn't any different than kerry or edwards with regard to social issues. can you think of the differences you perceive and name them? i'll say it again, he had no chance and the perception was that he was too liberal, blah, blah, blah, but the reality was different -- dean pretty much shot himself in the foot. if you go and read the various candidate's positions on major issues, dean is more fiscally conservative than just about anyone in the race...including dubya...he also had the best plan to balance the budget in a timely manner. surely you've figured out that it's not about nominating a moderate as much as it nominating a guy who is electable and likable (and, there is a difference, though not always). dean (the person) was not liked and that was the bottom line. policy schmolicy.<br><br>
IMO, the most important thing that Ronald Reagan did was to redefine what pollitical "center" means. That's why (again IMO) there hasn't been a really liberal viable candidate for a long long while. As you've said, Sean, Clinton was an elephant in donkey's clothing. Same goes for Kerry, Edwards, Dean, etc. Kucinich is an exception, but I think I'm more likely to be elected pres. than he.<br><br>
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that's why the comments above still surprise me i guess -- kucinich has been in every debate and has stood very firmly as a true liberal (perhaps even left of the late and great senator Paul Wellstone). even though kucinich has no chance, the mere fact that he represents the real liberal wing of the democratic party helps guys like kerry and edwards look more mainstream. hope that perception stays intact after 200 million dollars. <br><br>
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