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January 20, 2004

Is Dean's Organization Irrelevent?

Tom Schaller over at Daily Kos analyzes in depth why Dean's organization failed in Iowa.

The bottom line was that Dean had lots of bodies, but not enough people who could work the sophisticated recruitment tactics needed for the Iowa caucuses. As Tom says- "Dean was organized, but in a very superficial way."

Which is why people shouldn't suddenly underestimate Dean's organizational advantage.

In most states, being superficially organized is all you need to work phone banks and do get out the vote. Only in Iowa, where repeated personal appearances by candidates and retail organizing rule does the kind of "sophisticated" machinery described by Schaller come into play.

Because of expectations, Dean obviously took a hit last night, but Dean's money and "superficial organization" is going to make him formidable in primary states across the country.

Posted by Nathan at January 20, 2004 07:25 AM