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  •  Redstate: Dean destroyed the DE Republican Party (0+ / 0-)

    I love this diary: Is Howard Dean's Strategy Working?

    A great diary about the 50-state strategy in DE.  Excerpt:

    The Delaware Republicans were putting up the most experienced prosecutor, with a 6-1 favorability, as their candidate for attorney general. The Democrats ran Beau Biden, who's never prosecuted a single criminal case in Delaware. In the final weeks of the campaign, the Republican Ferris Wharton, and two Republican state senate (farm team) candidates held leads in the polls. That all changed however, in the final 72 hours of the campaign.

    Turns out, the Democrats used the DNC's $100,000 to pay for 2 field representatives who engineered the largest GOTV effort the Democrats had ever put forth in Delaware's history. The state party used that money to rent 36 vans for union workers and paid college students to go door to door and drag Democrats to the polls and pull the blue lever. It provided the difference as Beau Biden won by a few percentage points. Both of the Republicans hoped-for farm team candidates lost badly as well.

    While Dean's strategy may have seemed initially to be a poor use of limited resources, it effectively destroyed the Republican Party in Delaware. [emph added]

    I'd call for Kos to promote that diary to the front page, except oops, it's not here, it's on Redstate, a Republican blog.  Making the conclusion even sweeter:

    Republicans have criticized him everywhere with "scream contests", and Democrats have disagreed with him internally. Yet the week after the polls closed it wasn't the DNC chair who had to resign and whose replacement was being debated.

    Read the whole thing over there.

    Some Democrats are nervous that Dean, who has actively opposed the Iraq war from the start, will galvanize Republicans. --CNN, Saturday, February 12, 2005

    by clyde on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 11:50:10 PM PST

    •  oops forgot to add props (0+ / 0-)

      to Delawareliberal for this Dailykos diary about the 50-state strategy in DE, and to SouthSideDem for linking and posting excerpts of the Redstate article in a comment.  I thought of diarying it but the excerpts just speak for themselves, I couldn't add much.  I put it here in the open thread because more people should see it.

      Some Democrats are nervous that Dean, who has actively opposed the Iraq war from the start, will galvanize Republicans. --CNN, Saturday, February 12, 2005

      by clyde on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 11:53:29 PM PST

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