When Howard Dean kicked off his famous Sleepless Summer Tour in summer of 2003, he chose to start in Virginia, a state many national Democrats had written off, at a time when most people weren't paying any attention to the Presidential race. Around 4500 enthusiastic people attended this amazing event, a testament to the enthusiasm of Virginia Democrats and the popularity of Howard Dean. For many of us, it was (and still is) the most inspiring political event we'd ever seen.
One particular photo from the event, taken by the campaign's official photographer, was incredibly popular in the blogosphere and was used widely, as it beautifully captured the joy and enthusiasm of attendees - a number of whom in the picture later became regular volunteers at our Virginia campaign headquaters:
[Original photo credit John Pettit/Cloudview.com]
Enthusiasm like that can't be bought. But, hey, if you're a conservative GOP candidate for Governor from New Jersey, you can always Photoshop it:
And while Dean said, "You have the power!", Bret Schundler is saying, "You have the power to purchase campaign t-shirts!"