September 29, 2005


Governor says national Dems are too liberal (Associated Press, 9/26/05)

State Democrats should distance themselves from liberal national party leaders whose agenda frequently differs from Wyoming, Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal told state party members at a meeting attended by a Democratic National Committee vice chairman.

Wyoming Democrats should instead focus on local issues that relate to Wyoming residents, Freudenthal told about 75 state Democrats Saturday night.

"This is a party that's not afraid of firearms," Freudenthal said. "It's a party where people are interested in whether the governor managed to shoot an antelope with one shot."

"I don't care about Howard Dean," he said, referring to the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

DNC Vice Chairman Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., who attended meeting, acknowledged that the national organizations had slipped.

Does Mr. Honda show up at these things in a hair shirt?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2005 10:41 PM

Wyoming = 3 electoral votes.

When purple states like MN, AK, NM, WI start sounding like this let me know.

Posted by: AWW at September 29, 2005 11:08 PM

MN has a Republican governor, senator and is about to have another.

WI's two senators just voted for Roberts and the governor is toast.

W carried AK which has a Republican governor

W carried NM

Posted by: oj at September 29, 2005 11:24 PM

I'm impressed--it never stops, again and again. it's the guns, stupid. The issue is off the screens nationally, and yet it keeps coming up again and again.

It may be that making themselves the gun-control party was the dumbest thing those people have ever done. Oft evil will doth evil mar.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 30, 2005 7:43 AM

OJ - So my examples could have been better. But the WI Senators are still Dems who vote Dem on most issues. MN has been trending red but is not fully there. W won NM by what, 7,000 votes?

My point is that when we see local Dems in states which are still competitive or where Dems are the stronger party (PA,NM,WA,NJ,CA,MI) then I'll believe the coming Dem crackup.

Posted by: AWW at September 30, 2005 8:45 AM


I take your point, but consider this: why did Schumer and Hillary push Bob Casey to run against Santorum? Because they knew Santorum would easily beat Barbara Hafer (a liberal screeching former Republican). So they pushed Casey (because of his last name and his 'moderateness').

And think about LA - will it help or hurt Mary Landrieu (and Blanco) to have the national Democratic apparatus defending them when they are up for re-election?

And if the nonsense against DeLay is dismissed, are local Dems going to follow Pelosi's marching orders the next time?

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 30, 2005 9:26 AM

The outcome of Delay must be some indicted and convicted Democrats who've been going over the line for decades.

Posted by: erp at September 30, 2005 9:54 AM