June 9, 2005


Democratic leaders stand up for Dean: Anti-GOP rhetoric brought criticism (Nina J. Easton and Rick Klein, June 9, 2005, Boston Globe)

Some leading Democrats and major donors are concerned that Dean is jeopardizing the party's ability to reach beyond its traditional base to win close elections, particularly for the White House. Dean has repeatedly said his goal is to build the party's ranks not only in Democratic-dominated states, but also in culturally conservative regions where Republicans usually prevail.

Most of the criticism of Dean has come from prospective presidential candidates in 2008, such as Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, who said Dean does not speak for the majority of Democrats, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who said Dean is not the spokesman for the Democratic Party. [...]

Meanwhile, some donors are upset that the DNC under Dean's stewardship is falling behind in fund-raising, failing to appeal to party high-rollers. In the first quarter of this year, the DNC raised $14.1 million, compared with $32.3 million by the Republican National Committee. One donor, who declined to be named, noted that a DNC fund-raiser in New York City in May was substantially downsized and moved from a facility in the Javits Convention Center to a room in the Essex House Hotel.

Federal Election Commission records indicate Republicans held a big edge in first-quarter fund-raising last year, too -- $50 million to $29 million. Yet by the end of the election year, the DNC, then under the chairmanship of Terry McAuliffe, had outraised the RNC.

The only Democrats who don't like him are the ones who aren't in safe Blue seats and those with national ambitions, Senator Obama Says Dean Using 'Religion to Divide' (CNSNews.com)
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) criticized Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean Wednesday night for using "religion to divide."

Obama told reporters gathered at the Rock the Vote awards dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., that Dean needs to tone down his rhetoric. Dean said on Monday that the Republican Party was "pretty much a white, Christian party."

"As somebody who is a Christian myself, I don't like it when people use religion to divide, whether that is Republican or Democrat," Obama said. "I think in terms of his role as party spokesman, [Dean] probably needs to be a little more careful and I suspect that is a message he is going to be getting from a number of us," Obama explained.

Governor Dean is the perfect chairman for defending the hard core 30%.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2005 7:33 PM

is that 30% of 48% or 30% of the whole country?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 9, 2005 10:08 PM

the truly funny thing is that you just know dean despises all the losers who lap up his nonsense.
he has to know what a complete whore he is, and how cheaply he is selling his future for. a very small man indeed.

Posted by: cjm at June 9, 2005 10:55 PM

This is just Dean's background (Park. Ave. privilege) coming out. I think he really believes this stuff - he couldn't keep spewing it year after year if he didn't.

Remember the public TV interview from 1996 or so (from Canadian TV, I believe) that sank Dean in IA? He was the same sneering, condescending snit that we saw earlier this week, and that we are growing accustomed to.

He is a small man, but he is what George Soros would be if Soros were a politician instead of a billionaire currency trader.

It could be that Howard is just having his defining moment in life a little bit later than most of us.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 9, 2005 11:58 PM