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: David Isenberg has a unique perspective on the switch atop the Dean campaign: The nethead was displaced by the Bellhead.
: Meanwhile, Richard Bennett is characteristically blunt as he assesses the situation:
So what is happening? Briefly put, Dean’s problem is the Deaniacs. The Internet-driven campaign has enabled him to amass a large following, but they’re primarily unbalanced people, fanatical followers, extremists, and wackos. In my experience with Internet-enabled activism, these are the kind of people most attracted to online chat and email wars, so an organization that’s going to use these tools to recruit has to prune the weirdos before they run off the mainstream people you need to reach out to the undecided mainstream people whose support you really need in the voting booth.