Monday, August 03, 2009

Howard Dean - The winner?

Did you know that Howard Dean actually won the 2004 Democratic primary. No, that's not what the history books say, but that's the real story according to Garrett Graff, executive editor for (the?) Washingtonian. Graff gave one of the keynotes yesterday at the annual TAWPI Forum and Expo. He also helped both the Obama campaign, as well as Dean's effort back in 2004. It's his theory, that while Kerry may have won the vote, Dean's influence on the Democratic party was much greater going forward. His talk was on how Obama's campaign did really unprecidented stuff with the Internet and text messaging as well, to beat McCain (although I think his biggest challenger was probably Hillary.) Anyhow, it was a fascinating talk. More in the next issue of DIR.

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