July 5, 2005


Dean slam at GOP puts Democrats in tricky spot (SCOTT SHEPARD, 07/04/05, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is trying to get voters to hold the Republican Party responsible for the "culture of corruption" he sees in Washington, but Dean is getting virtually no help from fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives. [...]

Indeed, at the DNC's executive committee meeting in Washington in early June, Dean publicly acknowledged that some congressional Democrats had urged him to tone down his "culture of corruption" rhetoric because they did not want to get caught up in the same ethics probe as DeLay. But Dean said he would not hold back.

Way to get back in the good graces of white men, portray the business golf outing as a form of moral corruption...

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2005 10:38 PM

[P]ortray the business golf outing as a form of moral corruption

It can be, unless you believe that lobbyists pay for two-thousand-dollar golf junkets out of the goodness of their hearts, and that Congresscritters consider lobbyists to be ideal companions for their vacations.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at July 6, 2005 12:20 AM

dean is going to be the first party chairman to be assisinated by his own party.

Posted by: cjm at July 6, 2005 12:20 AM

Hole in one.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 6, 2005 12:35 AM

Lobbyists aren't stupid and they go golfing with members of both parties. The Democrats are no slouches when it comes to grabbing at freebies.

Dean however must think that voters are stupid or have incredibly short memories. How many stories about Clinton auctioning off the Lincoln Bedroom were there?

What can you accomplish in a $10,000 golf junket in the Bahamas that you can't accomplish over a chessboard with a bottle of decent Port? It's all about living it up on the client's or the taxpayer's dollar.

Posted by: bart at July 6, 2005 8:30 AM

It won't take much thought for the GOP to ask if the $14 or so million given by Peter Lewis and also George Soros isn't corrupt, either. After all, appearances matter (right, Howard?).

92% of the $1 million+ contributions came from Democrats in the last election cycle - does the party of the rich really want to be exposed?

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 6, 2005 10:43 AM

the point is, the democrats do it as much as the gop , but it looks worse for the donks. dean is killing his own party. he won't last out the year. loser.

Posted by: cjm at July 6, 2005 11:15 AM