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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

The Case for Dean

Two contributions to the Dean debate caught DR’s eye this week. Kos had a well-argued post on Monday on “the secret of Dean’s success” making the case that Dean is clearly the best candidate when you take a strictly pragmatic, who-can-best-beat-Bush viewpoint. Of course, Kos is a Dean partisan, but, intriguingly, we are now seeing some of the same arguments from influential national political reporters. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal, wrote in his “Capital Journal” column that “In a Polarized U.S., Dean May Be Electable After All“. Harwood’s main point is that Dean may have an electability problem against Bush, so do all the other major candidates (as Dean-supporting DR readers have reminded DR many times). They will all have vulnerabilities that Bush will attack mercilessly. But only Dean, Harwood argues, may be to fully mobilize the Democratic base and tap new sources of funding, which makes him the strongest Democratic candidate in the currently polarized political environment.