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Dean’s strategy

Re “Run locally, win nationally,” Opinion, July 4

John McCain and Barack Obama deserve credit, as Ronald Brownstein says, for their efforts to reach out and listen to both red and blue states. At least the next president’s “resolve” won’t require 24/7 protection from inconvenient facts, dissent or thinking. But Brownstein should have given some credit to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. Dean’s “50-state strategy” has earned him a lot of flak. It may or may not be in the short-term interest of his party, but it is clearly in the long-term interest of the United States.

Allan Stewart-Oaten

Santa Barbara

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