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so much as that he ran against the 1990s era clintonite party apparatchiks. while he built a formidable small donor base and grassroots organization, he was a very successful big money fundraising candidate, and was fairly clear about not having a populist anti-big money sort of philosophy, even as he critiqued the free-market-and-green-as-religion sort of mindset.

it was an internal party factional thing. jerry brown in 92, or to a lesser extent dean in 2004 were more classic anti-big money candidates. both foundered, tellingly.

by wu ming on Fri Jun 4th, 2010 at 01:56:02 PM EST
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Being a California kid, I'm a big Brown fan. His governorship got slaughtered by the MSN, but he has history on his side...all his programs from the 80's which were slammed back then, are on the positive talking points of today.

You've certainly hit it with Obama. He never described himself as anything different than the center-right position that he maintains. And he did get a shit-load of money, but with a different mix than usual.

What kind of sea-change would be required so that a Brown or Dean won't founder? They get taken down for the silliest things.

Are we any closer to a conceivable way to control your own message so that a weird convention yell doesn't turn into an earthquake fault that takes one down?

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 03:49:33 PM EST
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Brown's effort back in '92 was totally grassroots. He didn't accept donations over $200, and at least in the SF campaign headquarters we sent checks back that were over that amount. Jerry did well in the campaign, up until the media announced that he was considering naming Jesse Jackson as his running mate. At least that's my recollection. And since I took the year off to volunteer for him, used up a large portion of my savings doing so, took a terrible ribbing about the whole thing from most of my friends (also Dems, who now support him, but at the time supported Clinton because they considered Brown too much of a loose cannon), I have a pretty good memory about the time.
by sgr2 on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 04:49:57 PM EST
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