Tuesday at a BBQ the Democratic Party had for credentialed bloggers at the convention, Howard Dean spoke and afterward visited with bloggers. As it happened, he sat down in an empty chair next to me and asked everyone at the table where we lived. He spoke a bit with some North Dakota bloggers about that state being in play for the Dems, and then turned to me and said, “So, Alabama, tell me what is going on there. We have some good things going on there, right? Patricia Todd? James Fields!”
While I told him that the best the Democrats could hope for in Alabama this election was that Obama would help them on downticket races, I have to admit here that I was impressed with his recall to come up with these two state legislators’ names.
He went on to add that in Alabama’s primary election this year, 60% of voters under 30 asked for a Democratic ballot instead of a Republican ballot.
In Dean’s remarks to the whole group, he mentioned that Democrats hoped to make inroads among young evangelicals, saying that polling showed their top three issues were poverty, the environment, and Darfur. He added that the message here is to “stop fighting about things you disagree on and start getting things done on issues you do agree on.”