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Friday, June 22, 2007

Who’s the Dean of ‘08?

posted by on June 22 at 10:55 AM

Personally, I don’t think anyone is going to be the Dean of ‘08.

This is such a fundamentally different race than we saw in 2004, and such a settled field of contenders (even the undeclared wild-cards are known and being polled about), that looking for the Dean of ‘08 is a waste of time, a reliving of the past, a fighting of the last battle — take your pick of dismissive cliché.

But plenty of other people seems to be looking for a new Dean. Today Jeff Zeleny delivers the latest in this genre, exploring whether Obama could be the new Dean:

At this moment in the 2004 presidential race, the early hints of Mr. Dean’s rise were first being detected. His strong anti-war sentiment was appealing to Democratic activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and across the country. And through low-cost fundraising on the Internet, his contributions in the second quarter of 2003 nearly tripled from the first…

The Obama campaign, along with several of his rivals, is hoping to pick up where Mr. Dean’s presidential bid left off – at least where political creativity is concerned – by seizing on the power of the Internet to raise money, stir excitement and mobilize supporters across the country.

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Thompson is Dean. He looks good until he opens his mouth.

Posted by Angry Andrew | June 22, 2007 11:08 AM

The dean of 2008 is Ron Paul on the GOP.

Posted by aarons | June 22, 2007 11:50 AM

Yeah, good thinking Obama! Except that every other candidate is thinking the same thing. This isn't 2003. It's 2007. Everyone is on the Internets nowadays... on the Googles and the Facespaces and all that.

Posted by jameyb | June 22, 2007 11:51 AM

Ummmm....the new Dean? Why should anyone be looking for, much less wanting someone to be the "new Dean"? Have we forgotten that Dean imploded on us, failing when needed most? Sorry, been there, done that; once is plenty, thank you

Posted by R on Beacon Hill | June 22, 2007 11:54 AM

@2 That was my thought as well. Obama is still an establishment candidate. Dean was outside the establishment and he was despised for rocking it. Paul fits that description perfectly. Plus, Paul is raising his name recognition and his funds through internet word of mouth and organized meet ups. Paul is also speaking to Goldwater conservatives in his party as Dean spoke to anti-war progressives in the Democratic party. Paul is definitely the Dean of '08.

Posted by B.D. | June 22, 2007 12:18 PM

Dean, alone, antiwar,
Shadowed by five circling hawks.
Now we are all Dean.

Posted by Haiku Guy | June 22, 2007 12:21 PM

@2 - yeah, you're right. It's Ron Paul.

The media will build him up and then tear him down.

And the winner will be Gore/Obama.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 22, 2007 1:07 PM

You can have, and take, a new Dean.

For the democrat to win she or he has to have a real defense and security program, including a plan to deal with terrorism and the mess we made in Iraq. Specifically we should pull out of Iraz AND ALSO have a plan to deal with it
(a) in Iraq if they try to kill all the Kurds,
(b) if genocide gets really bad in Iraq,
(c) if Al Queda does establish a stronghold in part of Iraq (I do not believe they have yet, but they might), if Iran takes over the Shia part and SA takes over the Sunni part, etc.
(c) deal with resurgent Taliban in Afgh.
(d) oh yeah, maybe we should catch bin Laden, ya think?
and try TMF
(e) restoring respect for the USA w/ somekind of reparations plan for Iraq and otherwise building int'l alliances again for int'l police work and defunding Al-Q;
(f) reduce need for oil and just get out of middle east generally, the hell with their squabbles,
(g) press for better solution in Israel-Palestine quagmire;
(h) beef up disaster readiness at home including NO hurricanes, PNW earthquakes, fires in LA etc. as well as a scary terrorist mega attack.

In other words saying "end the war" feels pretty good, but it is only a start and the Dems really do need a plan.

Posted by W. Churchill | June 22, 2007 2:33 PM

Obama will be the Dean of '08. He's a fresh candidate with a unique, engaging perspective, and he will commit some trivial gaffe and get swept under the rug as the Dems get behind the most neutral, populist candidate they have.

... and then wonder why it came down to getting screwed in a swing state again, while Dems miss the point once again. I wonder what '08's corrupted swing state will be. It was Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. I'm gonna say it's Illinois in 2008.

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