Friday, October 24, 2003

Acceptance, cooperation, and not taking anything for granted

TAPPED's Garance Franke-Ruta notes that the DC conventional wisdom may finally be reaching the acceptance stage with respect to Dean's possible nomination for the Democratic ticket. Good. I don't demand that the insiders fall into line behind Dean. But I would like it if they would try to work with their potential nominees instead of running around in a panic at the prospect. Will Dean have a tougher row to hoe than the preferred candidates? I think that is certainly possible with respect to Clark (I've always thought Dean had a better chance then either Kerry or Gephardt and certainly better than Lieberman's). But instead of wasting neurons thinking of ways that Dean might crash and burn I would prefer it if they would use their considerable talents to think of ways that Dean might succeed.

It's called acting like winners.

Franke-Ruta also notes that the Dean campaign is decidedly not acting like it has this sewn up. This is yet another positive sign from the campaign that they get it. They know that over-confidence can destroy you as effectively as the most effective attack campaign. They aren't taking anything for granted, which is precisely what we will need to defeat Bush next year.


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