I don't know how all you Dean supporters are feeling after this week's loss in Iowa. I mean, yeah, Iowa doesn't mean too much, but it is sort of crushing to lose so big. Dean is the first presidential candidate I have given money to directly -- in 2000, Mr. Pink and I donated to the DNC when a nominee was been named, even though we were both Bradley supporters, and before that, I was a college student and scraping together change for beer not political donations. But honestly, although I think Dean is a great candidate who can energize the electorate and even win, I don't care who the nominee is, as long as he wins. I want Bush gone, I want my country back. At one time -- and maybe still, I don't know -- I thought a Dean candidacy was the best road to that end.
Whatever you're feeling, Dean folks, I hope you will take some time to read the very smart message that Michael Moore offered this week. I don't yet know how I feel about Clark, but whatever -- the point is, by supporting Dean, we have already accomplished something.
I have been telling friends that I think that the point of the primary process is for the party to hone its message, find out what the electorate wants. And the secondary candidates (Kucinich, I am talking to you, hon) stay in the race, against all odds, because they force the frontrunners to listen to the issues that they champion, and respond to them. It's important. And no matter what happens, there is a lot that's been brought to the table for the 2004 race, thanks to all the contenders. I hope that, whomever ends up getting this nomination, that they take the lessons learned about what people want, what they respond to, and take that to the race and use it to kick the ass of Bush. Because it can happen. I believe it.
OK, pep talk over.
ETA: One more thing. Check out this great thing from United for Peace -- The Real State of the Union. R-A-D.