I wrote a letter of response to the William Greider piece..
From: Judith Long
Date: Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:22:11 AM US/Eastern
To: ” title=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
“>jmoore at cyber.law.harvard.edu
Name: James F. Moore
Postal: Baker House, Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138
This is the commentary that gets it right. I was the director of the
Internet group at the Dean Campaign for the final two and half
months, and a volunteer for several months before. I am also a senior
fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.
Howard is Howard. He is fresh, courageous, and enjoys identifying
problems and working to solve them. The messier the problems, the
better. Child sexual abuse, child neglect, AIDS, the war in Iraq,
the rot of the Democratic Party, and the dominance of big media. He
had the boldness to take on party leaders. And he had the sense of
truth to say to Wolf Blitzer, on camera, that Wolf is in the
People loved Howard when they heard him in person. They loved him
because he spoke of their concerns, and because he obviously cared
about them and the future of the country. They loved his truth
telling, his–to coin a phrase–compassionate indignation.
And Howard really does believe that the only way to improve the
country is to engage the people. Our challenges are not technical.
Our real problems–racism, economy, environment, health, two
Americas, special interests and corruption of government–require
citizens to find new ways to come together and shape the future.
This was just too radical for the big boys.
Thanks for a wonderful piece. Your appreciation is valued at a moment
when many of us who have been in the campaign are feeling pretty
beaten down. By the way, I was alerted to your column because a
friend circulated it on the “webteam” internal list at Dean for
America. Her single line comment: Amen.