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LETTERS TO THE TIMES

Horse Race or Relay Race, Howard Dean Paved the Way

February 20, 2004

As Howard Dean leaves the presidential nomination race, he deserves our respect and a salute for bringing the Democratic Party to its senses. Before Dean openly criticized George W. Bush's leadership, most Democratic politicians had hedged their bets, failing their duty as the loyal patriotic opposition.

He called Bush's bluff. Dean led the way out of the Democratic wilderness as pathfinder for John Edwards and John Kerry.

Al Ujcic

San Francisco

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Thank you, Dr. Dean. To me, you were the voice in the wilderness, when so many, even those in my own party, were equivocating with the evils the Republican King George W. was inflicting on our American commonwealth.

Every time you stepped on the "right" toes, I sent you more money, so much that you had to do public reporting on it. And your strong stand still inspires me every time I get to hear you.

The revolution Dean unleashed will get completed by another. In a way, it's biblical. Corporate media, if they didn't do it, certainly tried to serve Dean's head on a platter. His heart, mind and soul are still in the right place for America. But the people have spoken, and have apparently chosen John Kerry, including lots and lots of Wisconsin Republicans. And I have started to send money to Kerry.

Martin Kotowski

Sherman Oaks

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Democrats who support Kerry, feeling that he has a better chance to beat Bush than John Edwards in November, should take a look at recent history. Since John F. Kennedy, only Southern Democrats (LBJ, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton) have won presidential elections. All non-Southern nominees (Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis) have lost.

Jordan L. Austin

Port Hueneme

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