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    Thursday, March 11, 2004

    Kerry ads, courtesy of the amen choir 

    One year ago, when President Bush was up in the polls and his critics were down in the dumps, Washington strategist Jenny Backus stabbed at a lunch salad and said that her fellow Democrats badly needed to build "an amen choir," a national network of activists who would sing the party tune at fever pitch, 24/7.

    Well, she got her wish. An amen choir has been duly assembled. Much to the Bush campaign's dismay, the amen choir is amplifying John Kerry's message at a time when he is financially strapped and virtually incapable of airing his own ads.

    The Democrats knew their candidate would emerge from the primaries with a fraction of Bush's campaign money (Kerry is roughly $100 million behind Bush). And they didn't want him to spend four long months, until the party convention in July, getting hammered by Bush TV ads.

    - Dick Polman, Philadelphia Inquirer

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 9:56 AM



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