Originally posted by eviljonhunt81He didn't get as many of the union endorsements as he thought he would.
Exactly. As soon as some of the unions started to endorse Dean, Gephardt was finished.
Incidentally, I'd say Dean would be next after New Hampshire. But he's insane, so he'll be running forever. The Harold Stassen of the 21st century...
His bigger problem was, IMO, that he is associated as the loser when the Reps won control of the House in '94. His other problem was running an old school campaign in 2004. Running your campaign from 16 years ago didn't cut it. In many ways union support is eh as the power of unions has diminished considerable over the last 30 years.
You all may not like Dean but he's not an idiot, don't count him out just yet. Iowa may be the kick in the pants he needs.
The outcome of this tactic depends on what people view as their core issues. If it's the war on terror, Iraq, and the economy, it backfires. If they are more concerned with social/religious issues, it could resonate strongly.