No matter who gets the Democratic nomination, there's only one way we are going to win the White House this fall: one voter at a time.
The Republicans are notorious for their top-down, machine-style politics. Moreover, no matter how much any Dem candidate raises, Bush is going to rake in a hell of a lot more. So we need to do things differently as Democrats. Our approach this year might include the following:
People talking with each other, American to American, about why it is essential that Bush be denied another term;
Voter registration drives at concerts, fairs, farmers markets, and more - all spring, summer, and fall long;
Pro-Dem letters to the editor - lots of 'em - in every newspaper in the land;
Tiny house parties and meetings where people can really meet face-to-face and talk about the sort of America they want.
Today, I led a Dean meeting at the Burley (Idaho) Public Library. Although Burley is the hometown of John Evans, a Democrat and former governor of Idaho, it's been ages since the area elected a Democrat to anything. Most of the people at my meeting - several of them recent transplants - were there to see if there really are any other Democrats in Burley! Although not large in numbers, they were happy to see they are not alone. They can now tell their friends, you know, there ARE other Democrats in our town. Let's get together and talk, and tell others, and ask others to join us.