|The medium is the message
||[Jan. 14th, 2004|07:03 am]
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Howard Dean is great in a lot of ways, but I don't think he will be elected President in the general election. He is allowing himself to be defined by the media as "the straight-talking angry liberal". This definition will color all subsequent media coverage of his campaign.
Clark, on the other hand, is being defined as "the General". He has already had his Sister Souljah moment with the liberals of his party -- he used to be a Republican, for chrissakes. He is defining himself for the general election, rather than letting the media define him -- and I believe this is a very deliberate campaign tactic. His campaign seems to understands the new media realities.
I also appreciate his defense of liberalism as an American value, and strong belief in community.