June 21, 2005


Gagging Dr. Dean: Why does Howard Dean's own party consider him the most dangerous character in Washington? (Steve Perry, 6/22/05, City Pages)

Two things make Democratic Party powers lose sleep over Dean. The first and less distinct is his taste for the populist rhetorical style. He has a flair for articulating popular anger in popular terms, and he is very good at seeing where to strike. It doesn't matter much that he is sometimes inarticulate or in less than full command of his factual claims for the same reason it hasn't mattered in the far more egregious case of George W. Bush: Rank-and-file Democrats and independents who see Dean tend to like him. The unprecedented war chest he amassed from nickel-and-dime donors before the Iowa Massacre is ample proof of it.

If rank-and-file Democrats like him so much why did they vote against him so relentlessly? Kind of strange to sit inside the far Left bubble and criticize the Beltway bubble.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 21, 2005 6:42 PM

My wife is convinced that Dean and Hillary are setting up the ultimate Sister Souljah moment. She thinks the Dem's True Believers will accept it with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Just like they did Bill's ploy.

I think they're playing with fire.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 21, 2005 7:06 PM

Good cop, bad cop. Dean slings the mud, some of which sticks, and respectable Democrats just roll their eyes and look very, very concerned. But later they treat the original slander as a fact. (Delay's criminality, Torture at Gitmo)

Some cynics might suggest that Republicans do it also, except our hatchet men become Speaker of the House or Majority leader. Not that I would suggest any such thing.

Posted by: h-man at June 21, 2005 7:37 PM

dean is a certifiable egomaniac, there is no way he sees what he is doing as anything other than him being right and everyone else being wrong. his becoming the dnc chairman is a terminal sign for the current democratic party. the guy ran and never one a damn thing, so let's not pretend he is anything other than a lowlife thug that is accelerating the demise of the democrats.

Posted by: cjm at June 21, 2005 7:52 PM

The Democrats still think this is 2000 and that 9/11 didn't happen. Their MSM enablers with their unending Iraq=Vietnam drumbeat are like so much opium to them.

The purpose of Dean is to hold the 2-3% of the country so demented that they would vote for Ralph Nader for President. They saw that Nader cost them in 2000, and if you hold to view that nothing has changed between now and then, the logic of the Dean selection becomes unimpeachable. He holds the sliver of loonies the Dems need to push them over the top in a 2-way race with the GOP.

The Democrats still hold to the Dionne-Teixiera-Judis paradigm that the increasing percentage of Hispanic voters in the US gurantees them victory. So, they also see pandering to the weirder self-appointed representatives of minority groups as having value.

Since the GOP has figured out how to win a significant percentage, if not a majority, of Hispanic votes, and it is the GOP which has the more interesting local Hispanic representation, this paradigm is clearly outmoded.

Posted by: bart at June 21, 2005 8:05 PM

Rank-and-file Democrats and independents who see Dean tend to like him. The unprecedented war chest he amassed from nickel-and-dime donors before the Iowa Massacre is ample proof of it.

So what is the Iowa Massacre proof of?

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 22, 2005 6:20 AM

I've said this before: Dean is a doctor. He likes to see a problem, diagnose the problem, prescribe the solution and have that prescription followed to the letter. While this may have worked passably well in the liberal echo chamber that was Vermont in the 90's, it has been (and will be again, hopefully) a complete catastrophe on the national stage.

Posted by: Governor Breck at June 22, 2005 7:40 AM

What is a "rank-and-file . . . independent"?

Posted by: AC at June 22, 2005 10:36 AM

It will also work well in the liberal echo chamber that is the Democratic party of the 00's, even though it will continue to cost them at the polls big time.

Posted by: Dave W. at June 22, 2005 5:17 PM

I saw a cartoon today where Michael Jackson was giving advice to Howard Dean on being normal.

Dean is now beyond caricature. And he continues to spew. I wonder if all the lefties who wanted him to 'confront' the GOP are happy?

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 22, 2005 9:47 PM
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