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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.


Wow, that sounds way more entertaining than any of our MeetUps have ever been! This might partly be because ours are always in community centers so there is no chance of random people being sucked in by accident. No one has ever cried, but I think a couple of times people have come close. I agree with your assessment...I know a couple of people who came with me to MeetUps were scared away by the culty feel of it. I tried to explain that just because other people acted like freaks over Howard Dean did not mean that he is a freak. They were somewhat unconvinced and unable to separate him from his often crazy followers. They probably now think I'm crazy too.
Apparently, that woman is in the vast minority of Canadians. Macleans is the "Time" of Canada.


I don't know that she was necessarily a fan of George Bush, I just think that she was pretty clueless about almost everything. I guess that I wouldn't be much better informed if I stumbled into a Canadian meetup.