Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Dean Dump

There's a lot of rhetoric floating around the media lately about Howard Dean's foot & mouth disease, his screaming, his fundraising abilities (or lack thereof) , the contributors that are noticably absent. The "impefections" simply make him human.

When compared to the other choices for the job, he was the best for DNC Chairman. Like everyone else, he has limitations. Unlike everyone else, he understands his limitations. He also understands that no two regions in the U.S. are exactly alike yet the Democratic Party is a national organization.

Dumping on Dean is almost a recognized political sport (but, then, what isn't because "that's politics"). I'd like to thank Mike Ziri for the following text from Katrina vanden Heuvel's blog:

Congressional Democrats never supported Dean for DNC chair. They wanted someone lower-profile and less hyperbolic. Apparently they wanted someone like RNC Chair Ken Mehlman. Still, it was more than a little surprising for Senator Joe Biden, who is not renown for his diplomatic temperament, to take a potshot at the chairman of his own party for rhetorical excess.

When George Stephanopoulos played a clip of Dean on ABC's This Week saying, that perhaps Republicans can wait in line to cast ballots because "…a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives," Biden responded, "He doesn't speak for me with that kind of rhetoric. And I don't think he speaks for the majority of Democrats."

Really? Outside the beltway, Dean is immensely popular with the party faithful. He has raised tons of money and is using it to rebuild the infrastructure at the state and local levels. The same infrastructure Biden will need if he decides to run for president.

Besides, Dean's statement is precisely the kind of red meat party chairmen are supposed to throw to rev up their base. You don't hear Republicans pulling any punches.

So enough of the infighting. (Or enough of this kind of infighting. If Dems want to get serious about real internal debates, let's have one about how to end the war and occupation.)

But when it comes to taking on the GOP, Dean and Congressional Democrats should get together and smoke a peace pipe with some cancer patient's now illegal supply of medicinal marijuana. It will help ease the Party's suffering, and lead, perhaps, to better communication.

I'd like to think that Dr. Dean can return the Party to its own grassroots better than anyone else. Democrats are passionate about their values. He could help them project that image better. After the 2004 Election, they're desperate for a better image. The Party elitists have failed to dominate him the way they successfully dominate their peers. That's the problem. They can't control him. I see that as the positive. My concern is the elitists -- & the lawyers -- at the state & county levels.


At 08 June, 2005 12:53, Anonymous Craig Rhodes said...

Here's the rub. Dean makes an innocuous remark and the denizens of the DLC side of the Democrat Party in league with Republican bloggers are all over him. Meanwhile, Republicans spread their hate speech and anti-labor rhetoric with impunity. When was the last time you heard a Republican criticize their own, whether it be the venomous Ann Coulter, Mr. Good-Hair Hannity, or the veiled threats against judges from Cornyn?

Since Reagan did away with the Fairness Doctrine we've been exposed to all sorts of hate speech and right wingnut rhetoric with the silent acquiescence of Republicans and conservatives. Not one word of criticism. Those who are inconsiderate, deserve no consideration from Dean or anyone else.

The fact is that Dean correctly alluded to something that is the chink in Republican Party's positions. They are anti-labor. Consider the policies they've promoted from their lies about Medicare to their "piratization" of Social Security to their opposition to a living wage to their tax breaks for the wealthy on the backs of the working middle class or the recent bankruptcy bill written by the credit card industry (which Biden D MBNA supported and voted for) ad infinitum.

Rather than jumping on Dean for speaking truth to power, Biden D MBNA and his ilk should be taking every opportunity to point out the hostility that Republicans have for working Americans. But then how could Biden D MBNA criticize the very policies that he has voted for and supported. Instead he forms the usual circular firing squad.

This is a perfect case in point that progressives must not only vote out the extremists of the Republican Party but also get rid of spineless Democrats like Biden D MBNA. Here is a new web site that is dedicated to supporting progressive Democrats even when the Democrat Party refuses to do so.

At 09 June, 2005 11:13, Blogger Kankakee Voice said...

I couldn't agree more with both post and comment above. I never understood why the "Dean Scream," a burst of natural human exhuburance at a political rally - and then technologically altered and taken out of context - ended his presidential campaign. Maybe Dean should start a third party for president if Dino Dumbocrats think he doesn't speak for the Democratic base and then some (indepentdents like me).

At 12 June, 2005 16:15, Anonymous Craig Rhodes said...

It wasn't the "Scream" that did Dean in, it was only the excuse that the corporate media used.

Most people aren't aware that on Meet the Press, the weekend before the "Scream", Dean had been asked what he would do about media consolidation if he were elected President. As is his habit, he answered honestly by saying that he would break up the conglomerates and bring back the Fairness Doctrine.

It was at that point that the corporate media began to turn against him and to look for an excuse to marginalize him. The doctored and edited "Scream" served the purpose.

At 13 June, 2005 14:43, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a lifelong Democrat and must admit that Dean reminds me of Jesse Jackson in that his words and actions do far more to elevate the Republicans than to benefit our party. We need a master political strategist (a Karl Rove type), not some loudmouth to provide fodder for the Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys of the media world. We need to demonstrate that our party better represents the moral values of the southerners who continue to fall into the Republican sphere of influence because of extremely narrow issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Howard Dean is incapable of turning this around and his selection by the DNC merely ensures the White House and Congress belongs to the Republicans for a long time. No amount of self-delusional BS about Dean will change this result.

At 13 June, 2005 18:43, Blogger Philosophe Forum said...

Thanx for the input, Anonymous. As it happens, Dr. Dean enumerated the Democrat values when he attended the DNC Exec. Cmt. meeting on 06/11/2005. One Wash. Post writer mentioned 1 or 2 of the values. Everyone else commented on the usual rhetoric about what they don't like about him.

. . . we're Democrats because of our moral values. It's a moral value to make sure that kids don't go to bed hungry at night. . . . It is a moral value not to go out on golf trips paid for by lobbyists."

I was fortunate enough to hear the entire list & felt proud to be a member of the Party. If I ever come across the transcript, I'll have it as a post in the future.


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