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Big Night

Watching the Iowa returns in New Hampshire with Wesley Clark, the Kerry camp, and the Deaniacs.

1:40 AM, Jan 20, 2004 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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And, of course, he has the type of supporters who believe that failure is a sign of encouragement and anger is a sign of strength. Just before 9:00 P.M., as the returns were coming in, Dean's Blog for America posted the following item:

We won't know for some time what the results are--we'll let you know as soon as we know--but for now it looks like Dean will finish in the top three, but not first. . . .

The other candidates and campaigns understood the enormity of what you are trying to do, and they think that they can stop you.

I know they can't--we may yet win Iowa, but if we don't, I believe it will only inspire us to rise higher to the challenge, do more, reach out more, and organize more. I believe a wave will hit New Hampshire this week . . .

By the early morning hours, the Dean Blog still hadn't posted the Iowa results. Which is strange: Up until this moment, bad news has always been good news for Dean. Whenever he stumbled or came under attack, his blog would publicize it, donations would flood in, and more people would join the campaign.

But then again, Howard Dean had never lost a race before tonight and it could be that Team Dean thinks the bad news from Iowa is different.

Jonathan V. Last is online editor of The Weekly Standard.