Dean '04 = Clinton '92?
Yeah, the comparison's been made a lot. Governors of small states, started as outsiders, picked up a buzz, yadayadayada. But I just finished watching The War Room, the documentary about the 1992 Clinton campaign. (Netflix is your friend.) And I was really struck by three things:
- Even though he disappointed me in a number of ways, man, I miss Bill Clinton.
- If the Al Gore I saw campaigning in that movie had been around in 2000, things would be very different now.
- The Dean campaign is an awful lot like that Clinton campaign in a number of ways:
- Lack of hierarchy.
- Campaign manager ready to take the fight to the other guy (Trippi, Carville)
- Willing to do things in new ways instead of sticking to the way you're "supposed" to do them.
- Attracting new voters (a record number of young people voted in 1992).
- Getting lots of volunteers who are really committed to the candidate and just out-working the other guys.
Will it have the same happy ending? Ah, it's way too early to say that. But I think that anybody who's a Democrat should try to watch this movie and remember what won the White House in '92 before saying that Dean "isn't electable".