The Corner

The Deftness of Dean

It continues to be amazing the way Dean runs rings around his rivals. Take one example from last night: His statement after all the other candidates had savaged the Gore endorsement. He associated himself with the sentiment—as he had to—that the people will decide the nominee, not insiders or polls. Then, he urged his rivals to attack him, instead of Al Gore—a standup guy move. He went on to defend Gore and remind Democrats of their outrage over the Florida outcome, which his rivals were apparently willing to put aside in the cause of attacking Gore. Finally, he concluded by talking about all the issues where he and Gore agree, bringing a process question back to substance. All together a very nice job.

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