2/29/2004 11:18:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Fuck NRO I said it. Their reaction to Errol Morris's Oscar win is asinine:
Errol Morris appears to be a moral midget. Can we say that? How can you compare Vietnam to the current war? One went on for a decade plus and ended with concentration camps in South Vietnam. The other flushed Saddam Hussein down a historical latrine in three weeks. I hereby nominate that from now on the winner of the best long-form documentary gets fifteen seconds to prattle until the band swells up and relieves us all.
Spoken like a man who didn't see the movie. "The Fog of War" is a masterpiece, and Robert McNamara is an eloquent defender of American hegemony and has brilliant, sensible things to say about what does and doesn't work when states go to war. Tim Graham needs to read a book or something.|W|P|107811473621505370|W|P||W|P|2/29/2004 03:39:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|The Passion I walked out of a packed theater last night, turned to my friends, and asked: "So what was all the fuss about?" The weeks and weeks of hand-wringing activism and complaining about Mel Gibson's movie had me expecting the most violent movie ever made, rife with anti-Jewish slander. What I actually saw was a believable portrayal of a man's scourging and crucifixion. Was there too much blood? I'm not a doctor, and neither are most film critics. We don't know. It was a lot of blood, but then there were a lot of whips and nails. In all, I'd say the movie was well-drawn and expertly put together. The brutal violence strengthens Gibson's use of Marquez-style magic realism - demons appear to torture Judas, a pasty Satan pops up to leer over the processions (and wait for Jesus to call it quits, I think). Today, after sleeping on the movie, the part I remember best came when Satan appears at the flogging cradling a mottled, mutated baby, which turns to sneer at Mary. This is an unexplained image. Its meaning is obviously bleak, but what else? That's left up to the viewer. The whole picture is the equivilent of Donald Woods' book "Biko." We are not introduced to Steven Biko from the beginning, watching his philosophy develop and influence unfold. We come in understanding that this guy is important and soulful, and then we watch his trial, death, and the government coverup. Those aspects tell us about Biko's character and about the weight of the oppression he faced. Gibson set out to show us the last 12 hours of Christ's life, and he succeeds completely. |W|P|107808714739743964|W|P||W|P|2/28/2004 06:14:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Well, that was unexpected

You're Waiting for Godot!
by Samuel Beckett
Many people think you're extremely dull, but you're just trying to patient. Really patient. Patient to the point of absurdity, quite frankly. Whatever you're waiting for isn't going to just come along, so you can stop waiting. I promise. Move on with your life. Change of scenery might do you good. Heck, any scenery might do you good. In the meantime, you do make for very interesting conversation.
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|W|P|107801007945286351|W|P||W|P|2/28/2004 05:52:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Oscar picks 2004 Since my weekend is consisting of doing research and writing for my final NU courses, I'm breaking by doing one of those Oscar tipsheets the kids like so much. Best Picture Will win: "The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King" Should win: ditto. The trope about fantasy movies not winning Oscars will be broken, since "ROTK" is also based on a novel - like all the other nominees save "Lost in Translation." Shouldn't have been nominated: "Mystic River" The acting was fine, but the story was rambling and hackneyed. Should've been: "Monster" I disagree with the people who say "Charlize Theron shined in a mediocre movie." Patty Jenkins produced a terrifying gut-punch of a script, and filmed it beautifully. Best Director Will win: Peter Jackson Should win: ditto. He spent seven years of his life making a masterpiece that could easily - easily- have been crap. Shouldn't have been nominated: Clint Eastwood I like him, but his movie was milquetoast. Should've been: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("21 Grams") Best Actor Will win: Bill Murray Should win: ditto. Subtle and sad ... should be obvious to anyone who's seen the movie. Shouldn't have been nominated: Jude Law I just don't like Brits playing Southerners. Apart from Albert Finney. Should've been: Sean Astin Best Actress Will win: Charlize Theron Should win: ditto. Shouldn't have been nominated: Diane Keaton She played the same fucking character she always does. Should've been: Scarlett Johansson ("Lost in Translation") Best Supporting Actor Will win: Tim Robbins Should win: Alec Baldwin Robbins fell completely out of character in the third act. No one else noticed that? Shouldn't have been nominated: Tim Robbins Should've been: Eugene Levy ("A Mighty Wind") Best Supporting Actress Will win: Shohreh Aghdashloo Should win: Shohreh Aghdashloo Rene Zellweger was hammy and awful in "Cold Mountain." The "it's rainin'!" speech should go down in infamy with "The dingo ate my baby!" Shouldn't have been nominated: Marcia Gay Harden Should've been: Miranda Otto ("ROTK")|W|P|107800875200264674|W|P||W|P|2/28/2004 02:58:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Lost in idiocy I made good on invitations to two parties tonight, and was pretty rapidly reminded why I don't like the mainstream college life. Much of the conversation at the first soiree centered on the hosts' device that funnelled beer directly from a closed fridge to a spigot on the door. The second party, which spanned three floors, was full of people idly dancing, talking about hooking up, or slamming liquor. On the way home I stopped at the corner shop to buy some water, and a clutch of Sig Ep guys walked in and sighted another bunch of fratboys. "Nick!" one of them said. He slapped one guy a high five and eyed his purchases. "What are you up to? Up to no good?" And then they kind of laughed uproariously. The point of all this is that, when I came home, I flipped on Fox News to see an interview with the webmaster of "Lost in Racism." Part of the shoestring "Asian Media Watch" project, the site is devoted to reviews and slams of Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" - chiefly the claim that the movie makes fun of Japanese culture for laughs. I don't claim to have the inside track on Coppola's brain, like these people. But there are cheap jokes throughout the movie, and the targets are always boring or callow. The film's most despicable character is Kelly (Anna Faris), an American actress who honestly cannot stop talking about herself, her diets, what she likes. At one point, Charlotte is stuck having drinks with her husband, Kelly, and an American starfucker who prattles on about his DJ career. These people get on her nerves because they're sheltered and dull. Likewise, Bob (Bill Murray) is subtly irritated and bemused (at different points) by Charlotte's Japanese friends. They're wrapped up in their own habits and pick fights with bar managers. Charlotte and Bob both are smug and disdaining of professional Japanese - TV hosts, glad-handlers. The reasons are pretty apparent if you actually pay attention to the movie. They are completely listless and unsure of what they want, and encountering people heavily invested in banal things gets on their nerves. I feel this way most of the time, never more so then on weekends. "Lost in Translation" didn't exactly cause a breakthrough in my self-understanding - it reflected what I knew was true. If you're driven and unhappy, you'll find something irritating in people who are content to be banal. They're everywhere, and you have nothing to say to them.|W|P|107795508062362403|W|P||W|P|2/23/2004 02:49:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Nader Nation Atoning a bit for their pretentious "Ralph don't run" editorial, The Nation magazine runs a very good column from John Nichols, who is not always this good, on the effects of a Nader independent run. I guess if you gaze into your navel for 150 years, you're going to get some incredible insights about navels.
The worst-case scenario for Nader's 2004 campaign is the James Birney circumstance. Birney, a prominent attorney who served as secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society, sought the presidency in 1840 and again in 1844 as the candidate of the abolitionist Liberty Party. Birney's second run for the presidency secured only 62,103 votes, out of 2.7 million cast nationwide. But Birney took away enough votes in key states such as New York from Whig Henry Clay, a more cautious critic of the expansion of slavery, to tip the election to Democrat James K. Polk, who campaigned on a promise to annex Texas as a slave state. Polk quickly did just that, and then ordered the invasion of Mexico. Until his death in 1857, Birney, the passionate abolitionist, was blamed for giving pro-slavery forces an upper hand at a critical stage in American politics. Somewhere between those best- and worst-case scenarios lies the likely result for Nader this year. It is far less dramatic. Indeed, the most likely scenario for Nader in 2004 is that he will not matter much.
Read it all if you care about this sort of thing.|W|P|107756579732356513|W|P||W|P|2/20/2004 06:43:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|In case you doubted that DeanForAmerica has become a cult Here's the curiously extant group's latest plan:
Here in Durham our event will be at Brightleaf Square. We'll hold signs saying "Thank you Howard Dean" and/or "I'm still voting for Dean." [What the fuck?] I hope you'll do an event in your area too. Gather in a busy spot in your cities and towns to thank Howard Dean and show America that you still believe in the power of American citizens to shape their government. Bring your "Thank you Howard Dean" signs. Saturday, February 21 2:00 pm Eastern 1:00 pm Central 12:00 pm Mountain 11:00 am Pacific Send the word out through your networks. Choose a likely location for gathering and get the word out. This could be an opportunity to show people that we're still out here and still determined to stay in the fight together, and still ABLE to mobilize quickly.
Mobilize quickly for what? Midnight raids on the Kerry compound?|W|P|107732059665194237|W|P||W|P|2/16/2004 10:32:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Spam gibberish Holy hell. This is the text of my latest spam e-mail, from qnaza@alabanda.com.tr.
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When something is that stupid, does it really count as an annoyance? This is fascinating.|W|P|107698877610407269|W|P||W|P|2/14/2004 04:00:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Wings duly clipped You've got to fee sorry for Joss Whedon. Seven years ago, against all logic, he transformed his cheesy 1992 script about a cheerleader who fights vampires into a critically acclaimed breakout hit for the WB. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" lasted 144 episodes, survived a network jump, and inspired legions of new shows in its ironic angst-horror mold - "Charmed," "Smallville," "Tarzan," "Birds of Prey," and some stuff that proved less successful. You could probably get away with theorizing that it influenced the way movies like "X-Men" and "Spider-Man" were scripted. Whedon's original show produced a spinoff, "Angel," was picked up by the BBC, syndicated in different languages, and made stupid amounts of money. And Whedon's reward? Three shows cancelled in two years.
Joss and [executive producer] Jeff Bell told the cast and crew today. We have no understanding of the inner workings of the corporate world, but we've had a long and fruitful relationship with [producing studio] 20th Century Fox and The WB, for which we are grateful. We just wish it could have gone on forever. Apparently, it's not going to.
It's odd that I feel sympathy for the creator of these shows, who will be drowning in cash and fans no matter what happens. But I got into these shows about 18 months ago, and what sold me was the obvious depth and craft put into them. Odds were six billion to one against "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" being any good at all, and hey, this guy was smart enough to beat the odds. So the reason I'm not actually that sad to see "Angel" cancelled has to do with the creative team. From all the evidence, it seems like Whedon et al can really end this spinoff the way they want to. I think that's the best any show can hope for. Think about it. Who would argue that "M*A*S*H" would not have been better off cancelled about two years before it was, before it began its slide from comedy to perma-"very special episode" drama? And there's an example a little bit closer to "Angel"'s genre - who would honestly say that "The X-Files" and its fans were better off when the show lasted two extra seasons without David Duchovny? "She's in the starlight," anyone? "Angel" has probably worn out its welcome already, if the deaths of popular characters are anything to go by. It'll be best if the show is wrapped up the way its creators want it, while they still have the cast and full creative control. UPDATE: Joss Whedon disagrees with me.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.
Poor guy.|W|P|107679243628599178|W|P||W|P|2/14/2004 03:35:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Back My DSL is fixed. I'm gonna spend today working on my three final class projects (two of them involve a lot of reporting), but have another post to send up shortly.|W|P|107679090935905956|W|P||W|P|2/12/2004 05:36:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Life after sleep I'm still editing the weekly paper at school, and this week's issue, which was finished for copy by 1 a.m., was delayed for hours by computer problems (my DSL at home is broken) and slow design. I expect to finish just before the sun comes up. After thinking on this, I decided against blaming my staff for my discomfort. Most of them did their work on time, and no one can control the quirks of a PC or internet connection. Truth be told, I really don't mind staying up for hours finishing a newspaper. It's the best vocation in the world. I'm lucky to have found it. I'm mostly bitter about my remaining committments at NU. After four years of disrespecting me and belittling my newspaper, the school is about to lose me. I am struggling through two final journalism classes, and while I enjoy my final political science seminar, the Medill classes are a pointless slog, full of busywork (MS Access tests, "media analyses" of November 2002 AIDS coverage) that is truly painful to sit through. And I don't speak lightly. Sitting through a lecture on the merits of South African journalism after having sacrificed 24 hours to produce an actual newspaper causes me pain. I grip my pen, capped, and jab it into my thigh so as to stay awake. On Tuesday, rested up, I'll go back to class. My newspapers will have been thrown out by janitors whose managers have heard repeated requests not to touch these papers and their specialized racks. The management of Medill will have made no complaint. But they'll expect me to fill out more excel spreadsheets and lists of questions for professional journalists. I say this, Medill: You wasted me while you had me, and I'm gone in five weeks. I'm gonna do a bang-up job on the actual reporting you've assigned me, and then I'm gone. And if you want me to slug my salary back into the school, start respecting the journalism me and my staff are doing right now.|W|P|107658219112059478|W|P||W|P|2/09/2004 01:00:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Sharpton needs a webmaster The lease has run out on his, um "national organization" - http://www.nationalactionnetwork.org/ is a dead domain.|W|P|107634965526075866|W|P||W|P|2/09/2004 02:25:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I am Frylock
I am Frylock from Aqua Teen Hunger Force!!
Which Aqua Teen Hunger Force character are you??|W|P|107631154158941973|W|P||W|P|2/08/2004 01:56:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Apple switch ads? How ... quaint Just in case you were afraid the Dean campaign hasn't completely turned into a suicide cult, here they go asking supporters to choose one of three shittily-produced ads to broadcast in Wisconsin. Some of the bloggers are ... nonplussed.
Are you crazy? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY CRAZY?!?!?!? AFTER ALL THESE MONTHS THIS IS THE BEST YOU CAN COME UP WITH, STEVE MCMAHON?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!??! AFTER SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN MONEY FOR YOUR COMPANY THIS IS THE BEST YOU CAN COME UP WITH???? These Switch ads have been around since last SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If it matters, the best of the bunch is Max, the woman at the end. BUT IF YOU THINK THIS IS GOING TO WIN US WISCONSIN, YOU ARE INSANE!!!!! PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOWARD DEAN! I'm sorry for shouting, blog friends, because I don't mean to shout at you. I'm shouting at STEVE MCMAHON and all of the people on the Dean media team who have wasted our money so spectacularly. So many of us were hoping for an amazing Rob Reiner-directed ad. What we got were switch ads that have been around for MONTHS, that we could have aired months ago, and that barely touch Dean's AMAZING RECORD. You should be ashamed. I am disgusted.
I'm not disgusted. What the hell did the Dean donors think they were getting for their donations? Something competent? UPDATE: I'm remembering now that Russ Feingold won lots of acclaim for his 1992 ad campaign - roughly produced, home-movie-style affairs that portrayed the underdog candidate walking around his neighborhood and visiting his opponents' mansions. Zephyr Teachout hints at this in her "please don't kill me!" post. I see a few differences. 1.) Feingold was an unknown state senator with less money than his competitors. Dean is a former frontrunner who has earned the endorsement of Al Gore and outfundraised his opponents. These ads don't smack of "we're the scrappy underdog." They smack of "we're broke, please vote for Dean." 2.) It's a takeoff on an ad ... for computers. Dean is already winning rich white liberal votes. How is a tribute to a computer ad going to win him working class or black votes? 3.) Feingold actually appeared in his ads - likeable, friendly. Dean's unfavorables are the highest of any Democrat. Why not correct that by putting him and Judy in cute ads?|W|P|107626656936391079|W|P||W|P|2/07/2004 07:36:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Fill in the blank Because AFSCME sure as hell isn't!|W|P|107620057437971337|W|P||W|P|2/06/2004 10:24:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I call "bullshit!" on Howard Dean Sorry, I'm a bit consumed with real life quandaries and haven't been following much political news except for the gratifying collapse of Howard Dean. The dude's latest trick is lying to supporters in order to earn quick cash. Here's what happened: on early Thursday a.m., the governor signed this e-mail.
Dear Supporter, The entire race has come down to this: we must win Wisconsin. We must launch our new television advertisement on Monday in the major markets in Wisconsin. To do that, I need your help to raise $700,000 by Sunday. Please contribute $50 today so that we can reserve the air time: http://www.deanforamerica.com/wisconsinad We will get a boost this weekend in Washington, Michigan and Maine, but our true test will be the Wisconsin primary. A win there will carry us to the big states of March 2-and narrow the field to two candidates. Anything less will put us out of this race. All that you have worked for these past months is on the line on a single day, in a single state. We have come so far to change our political process and restore our democracy-we can't stop now. Your $50 contribution will allow us to get out our message onto the airwaves, and win Wisconsin. Please contribute now: http://www.deanforamerica.com/wisconsinad Thank you, Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
You might read this and say: "Wow, Dean is saying that he will win Wisconsin or drop out of the race!" Nope.
"All I can say is I stand by the e-mail, and I intend to win Wisconsin," Dean said. "That's all I'm going to say. I can repeat it 500 times if you like." At a Milwaukee news conference, Dean said: "I'm kind of avoiding answering the question." Dean, who has touted a penchant for straight talk as a campaign asset, also equivocated on his declaration Wednesday in Seattle that he would win the Washington state Democratic caucuses Saturday. In a phone news conference earlier Thursday, Dean said: "I never predict wins. I just say I think we should win" Washington. After enjoying early status as the Democratic front-runner, Dean has yet to win a single one of the nine state primaries or caucuses staged so far. Before Wisconsin's primary on Feb. 17, six states and Washington, D.C., hold their Democratic nominating contests. [Campaign manager Roy] Neel, after extensive sparring with reporters, cautioned them not to report that Dean would quit following a Wisconsin loss. "I don't think that e-mail says if he doesn't win he'll be out of the race," Neel said. "I don't read it the same way you are interpreting it."
Let's go over that again. "A win there will carry us to the big states of March 2-and narrow the field to two candidates. Anything less will put us out of this race." - Howard Dean, Feb. 5. "I don't think that e-mail says if he doesn't win he'll be out of the race." - Roy Neel, Feb. 5. There is such a thing as "stepping on" your own message. In this case Dean drove over his message with a Hummer. Then he backed up over it, sped up, and drove over it again. Then he did it again. The really funny part? His supporters, like battered wives with two black eyes, are still throwing money at him.
ALL RIGHT! WE SHATTERED THE BAT! Let's keep it up! And while we're batting, there's something else we can do: Right now it's really important to write to Wisconsin voters (http://letters.deanforamerica.com) to let them know why we're supporting Gov. Dean. If you'd like to write, but don't know what to say, please click my name and download a sample letter. It briefly describes some of the key reasons Dean is the best choice. You can use it as-is, or change it any way you want. Along with the letter, there's also a flyer comparing Gov. Dean and John Kerry. If you like it, please distribute it widely. Go Dean!!!!!
A letter! That's a great idea! How about this ...
Dear voter, You don't know me, but I am an educated white liberal who knows that Howard Dean, and no one else, can save our country from whatever your problems happen to be. We are TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY from people who believe the media hype that our nominee will be chosen in primaries - the same primaries supported by their corporate dollars! Dr. Dean is the candidate not of the SPECIAL INTERESTS, but of several hundred thousand Democrats with considerable disposable income and DSL connections. Not of the firefighters, many of whom supported George W. Bush! I have included a sign for you to wave outside on primary day. YOU HAVE THE POWER to make a statement that ... I'm gonna say special interests are bad. I think that's it. Oh, and vote!
So I think Dean's going to lose, pretty much.|W|P|107608106569343037|W|P||W|P|2/04/2004 04:28:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Wash Times: Gabba Gabba Hey I'm blurbed in today's Washington Times's "Inside Politics" column. The review of Danny Goldberg's "Dispatches from the Culture Wars" is in the March issue of Reason. A million thanks to Jesse Walker for his smart editing.|W|P|107593010968296769|W|P||W|P|2/04/2004 01:48:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Dean-ial Here's a snippet from Howard Dean's interview on "Larry King Live" yesterday.
BOB WOODWARD, WASHINGTON POST: Yes, sir. Governor, my question is, if you put a time line on this, your decline really could be marked with the Al Gore endorsement. As you look back on that, do you think maybe that was a mistake? Would you reconsider that? With this theme that you're the new person, you don't represent the old establishment, and certainly Gore did, if you'd said no to Gore, would you be in a better position? DEAN: Al Gore's has given the two best speeches in this campaign: one last March talking about the war and the president not being candid with us, and the other in September talking about the loss of our democracy. I actually do think the endorsement of Al Gore began the decline, not for the reason that you said, because the establishment in Washington really realized that I might be the nominee and they did not like that. The media folks didn't like it, the other folks in the race didn't like it, and they did everything they could to make sure we weren't.
Al Gore isn't part of the Washington establishment? What do you have to do to join that club?|W|P|107592052627905562|W|P||W|P|2/01/2004 03:43:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Box office apocalypse Holy shit. The $8 million breakdancing epic "You Got Served" is tops at the weekend box office.|W|P|107566818830562107|W|P||W|P|2/01/2004 12:13:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|The Dean juggernaut rolls on Golly, this is stupid. I've just received this e-mail from the Dean campaign.
Dear David, Imagine this story in your local paper next week: One neighborhood at a time, ordinary Americans stand up for Dean Block by block, Dean supporters took to the streets yesterday. Ordinary Americans claimed thousands of street corners from Flagstaff to Austin, Green Bay to Miami, sprawling across America one neighborhood at a time, holding signs reading "I am Howard Dean's Special Interest." More than 300,000 Americans have donated $88 on average. Kerry and Edwards and Bush have solicited millions of dollars from large corporate special interests - only Dean has the passion of over half a million people committed to changing America. We have a candidate who doesn't just talk about change, but has a record of delivering real results. Next week, on February 7th, the date of the Michigan and Washington caucuses, stand with thousands of other Americans in thousands of neighborhoods to show that the Dean grassroots are here to stay. It is very simple - just make your own "I AM HOWARD DEAN'S SPECIAL INTEREST" sign (or we'll send you one if you sign up below). Walk to the corner of your block at 4 PM ET (1 PM PT, 2 PM MT, 3 PM CT, etc). Pick a corner that has some traffic, but is still close to home. Be creative - if a few people find a thousand different ways to be visible for Dean on thousands of street corners, sprawling across America's small towns and big cities, we can make this happen. Plan an event online: http://commons.deanforamerica.com Pledge to stand up for Dean (on your own) on February 7th: http://www.deanforamerica.com/visibility Download a media advisory to let your local press know that you're involved: http://www.deanforamerica.com/visibilitymedia To contribute to give voice to Howard Dean's message, click here: http://www.deanforamerica.com/contribute It is our job in a democracy to imagine the world we want to live in, and then act to realize that vision. This election is about power - who owns our government and who runs it? If hundreds of thousands of Americans all stand on street corners together, standing with you, standing Dean at the same time, sharing Dean's message of democracy, results, and courage, we can wake this country up, show our power, and help Dean break through -- Thank you. Sincerely, Zephyr Teachout, Dean for America
What the hell are they talking about? This is the kind of namby-pamby, college-student-with-lots-of-time-on-her-hands nonsense that's been hindering the Dean campaign for weeks. Remember Ryan Lizza's report on the Iowa caucuses?
Later, at the Kerry victory party downstairs, giddy aides chatter happily about how overhyped and amateurish the Dean ground game was. "The Dean people were on the corner of the street in downtown Des Moines waving signs," one woman laughs into her cell phone. "They had no sense of organization."
They still don't. And they don't know how to attract the media, either. For one, they are holding the event simultaneously across time zones - 4 p.m. on the East Coast, 3 p.m. in Chicago, etc. But to get on the news, it's better to hold an event a little bit earlier. They're running the risk of being ignored along the Eastern time zone. Also, they've got a remarkably patronizing view of the media. The campaign plans to put - what - 150,000 people in the streets nationwide. They will be there because the Dean blog told them. And they think they're entitled for this to be covered by unquestioning, hype-guzzling reporters? Sheesh.|W|P|107565559599877944|W|P||W|P|