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D-Day for Dean

Tomorrow is D (for Dean) day. The candidate makes his official candidacy announcement at 12:30, and rallies are scheduled in every state, with at least 12,000 expected.

In preparation, Dean has been making the rounds as a serious candidate. Here is a review:

  • Dean got a full-hour grilling from Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" today. Russert threw hard, he threw fast, he threw some nasty stuff. Dean's people are happy he was treated so seriously. The most telling blow? Dean didn't know exactly how many troops are in Iraq (135,000, I believe).
  • Dean got a story from Joe Klein of "Time." The headline was about the most positive thing about it, but you have to expect this kind of thing.
  • Dean got a more positive write-up from The Christian Science Monitor.
  • Dean is running hard in the "MoveOn" primary. You can register through tomorrow, voting is Tuesday. If Dean gets over half the votes, he wins the endorsement of a 1.4 million strong group of Net activists. If he doesn't win it will be counted as a defeat.
  • Dean had his first personal crisis of the campaign -- his son's arrest -- and by all accounts came through it OK (although his son Paul now risks getting the nickname "Daffy," which would make his dad "Dizzy.")

There are lots of questions. Is Dean peaking too soon? Must he now "become a more presidential candidate with an inclusive vision," as he told Klein, and would that make him sound phony? Can he manage his image successfully, and not be defined by his enemies? Can his Internet-based campaign organization scale, by a factor of 100 or 1,000, or will the wheels come off as the traffic (and crosstalk) increase?

Stay tuned.

Posted by Danablankenhorn at June 22, 2003 6:55 PM