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Howard Dean Is a Genuine Hero: Taking on Corporate 'Centrists' Like Lieberman

Dean's attacks on the Lieberman-gutted health insurance "reform" bill are creating the political space for the final version to be better and more progressive.

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Here is, in short, a rare movement leader in the age of cynicism showing what a movement can do -- or at minimum, have a realistic shot to do -- when it musters a little bit of courage.

UPDATE: MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and SEIU's Andy Stern pick up and carry Dean's flag. This is the Dean Movement Dynamic at work.

David Sirota is a best-selling author whose newest book, "The Uprising," was just released this month. He is a fellow at the Campaign for America's Future and a board member of the Progressive States Network -- both nonpartisan organizations. His blog is at

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