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Here’s what the New York Times was writing eight years ago Sunday:

President Bush’s political advisers are now all but certain that Howard Dean will be the Democratic presidential nominee and they are planning a campaign that takes account of what they see as Dr. Dean’s strengths and weaknesses, Republicans with ties to the White House said.

”We’re ready to go,” said a senior Republican official involved in the Bush campaign. ”The broad thematics and the whole approach to him, those things have been well thought out. As for the tactical stuff, it’s still out there. The timing is a big decision.”

For months, members of Mr. Bush’s political team said that the nine-person Democratic field was too jumbled to predict the outcome of the primaries, and they cautioned that the situation was fluid. But with Dr. Dean, in their view, pulling away from his Democratic rivals by all indicators — the polls, fund-raising and endorsements — Republicans said he was forcing the Bush campaign to begin making decisions about how and when to engage him.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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7 Responses to Don’t Panic

  1. Tony says:

    Let’s also remember that Newt has never run for President. Moreover, he has never successfully run for a statewide office.

  2. Jeffrey Swanson says:

    I am saddened to see the GOP turning to Newt. I started my political life campaigning as a teenage Republican for Barry Goldwater. I think I could match my conservative credentials with anyone. However, I am apalled at the way Evangelicals are turning to Gingrich. He is the ultimate Washington insider. He is not a man of character or of conservative principles. Romney has become more conservative over the years, so yes there has been change. However, his bedrock values have been a continual force in his life. I prefer Romney, but would vote for any of the others if the choice was them or Obama. If the choice is Obama or Gingrich I am afraid, that for the first time in my life, I will abstain from voting for President.

  3. Liz says:

    OK folks are aligning behind Mr. Romney. More endorsements, a few papers…..slowly but surely. I really like the man’s work ethic and persistence, could use some of that in the currently vacant White House.

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