Dukakis to Dems: Make 'Chemistry'

Wants local 'captains' to create a personal bond over next candidate
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2007 8:29 PM CDT
USA. 1988. Dukakis campaigning on TV. (NYC38193)   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Michael Dukakis compares today’s political climate to the time of his own downfall in 1988, when George Bush Sr. overcame a 17-point deficit and whipped him 426-to-112 in the electoral college. Refusing to feel comfortable with the Dems’ advantage, Dukakis told the New York Observer that "We have to organize every damn precinct in the United States of America. I'm serious. Deadly serious.”

Dukakis is leaning on the Dems to organize a massive grassroots movement to get people meeting and coffee pouring in living rooms around the country. Only then will voters feel a “chemistry” with a candidate that’s strong enough to repel criticism. Dukakis fears that "some crazy guy will blow up a building with 3 weeks to go, you know, and then we'll be back in Bush-land again."