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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Live from Chicago: Dean's keynote address

Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the DNC, is now delivering his keynote address to convention attendees. Dean just announced a new DNC program to prepare a handbook for Democratic candidates on problems with local election systems so that the party can be prepared to deal with broken machines, voter suppression, and other problems.

Dean talked about Democratic legislative successes, denounced the Republican obstructionists who are thwarting the will of the American people on Iraq, and praised the netroots community for its efforts to strengthen the Democratic Party from within. Dean emphasized outreach to young people, and spoke optimistically about the future of America. "I know that forty years from now, they'll never elect somebody like [George Bush]", Dean said. "This is not a one day or a one election struggle," Dean said to thunderous applause.

"Look at the Republicans. Look who they have running for president. Doesn't it look like something out of the 1950s?"

It was a powerful speech, drawing nearly ten standing ovations with attendees waving "Howard Empowered" signs. If I find a transcript of the speech, I will post it. I think it was probably Howard's best, ever. It rocked, and that's an understatement.

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