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I know it must be depressing to feel like a lonely voice shouting into the void, but please do not become disheartened! I read your blog (almost) daily. I am a huge fan, and I really appreciate your insights.

I agree with the your analysis of Howard Dean's virtues, though I am afraid that the lazy media has already painted his portrait in such indelible colors that no feeble fact checking can redeem the factesque or faux-tesque picture.
Can you remember when his wife was depicted as an inadequate political spouse because she didn't wear make up, and she was a family practice doctor? How much more Norman Rockwell could she possibly be? But the media said it with a sneer, and all the listeners heard was the sneer.He was vilified for his comments on the Iraq invasion and America's safety after Hussein's capture, and misquoted for his statements about 9/11.Even Judy Woodruff admitted that the Iowa "scream" was a media concoction created by the microphone feed. But the apologies get 1/1000th the attention of the attacks, and the (wrong) conclusions get repeated, and so it becomes FACTESQUE.
I am a huge fan of Dean's,as well as of your blog, the Democracy for America website has some cool stuff on it.

As an aside, I hope you are familiar with Suburban Guerrilla, both because I am sure you would enjoy her work, and because I think you must live within an hour or so of each other.

Thanks, Amy. I think the media's open hatred of Dean can work in our favor. It'll drive them to report everything he does in the beginning and that will help get his message out. I agree that they'll do what they did last time and distort or ignore the main points, but Dean will have to figure a way around that. And there are blogs already set up to head some of that off now.

Thanks also for the reminder about SubGuerrilla. I read her every day but didn't have her on the blogroll - Left Coaster too - problem solved.

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