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February 5th, 2004

the only earth?

debt based fundraising?

Listening to Morning Edition, I was surprised to hear this story about an interesting fundraising scheme being used in Michigan:
Michigan's Democratic Party will ask caucus goers Saturday to apply for "affinity" credit cards as a way to raise campaign money. The party will receive $45 for each person who signs up for the special card, plus 1 percent of the value of purchases made on it. Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio reports. ["Michigan Democrats Turn to Credit for Cash"]

I'm amazed that they'll be handing out applications at the caucus, but I guess it's a party activity.
drinking in the dark

forgetful

I forgot to mention the best parts of last night's meetup:

At least one man cried while describing his history of support for Howard Dean. Somehow the story of getting married to his partner was woven into this testimonial. It is great that people love Howard Dean, but I think this is why the campaign has faltered. At some point, it became too much about itself and not about bringing the "ordinary Americans" onboard. I hope that has changed (a lesson from Iowa?) and that people will realize they can support Dean without being part of a freaky cult.

A reporter from the Washington Post was in attendance, furiously scribbling notes of people's stories, snapping digital photos, and (earlier in the evening) looking horrified to learn about the complicated rules and procedures involved with caucusing.

While I was writing postcards to the nice people in WI and VA, a Canadian woman was drawn into the spectacle of the MeetUp. She asked me if Howard Dean was actually at Uptown Espresso, inquired about why anyone wouldn't want to vote for Bush, and told me about how Canadians were getting in trouble for fraudulent expense accounts for travels to the U.S. At the end of the event, she picked up several pieces of campaign literature.
the only earth?

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At Slate, Michael Kinsley has written a portrait of the effect of (supposed) pragmatism in the democratic primary:
Democrats are cute when they're being pragmatic. They furrow their brows and try to think like Republicans. Or as they imagine Republicans must think. They turn off their hearts and listen for signals from their brains. No swooning is allowed this presidential primary season. "I only care about one thing," they all say. "Which of these guys can beat Bush?" Secretly, they believe none of them can, which makes the amateur pragmatism especially poignant. [ slate]

Maybe this attitude explains how the "Democrats Somehow Lose Primaries."