January 31, 2006


The Buzz: Trouble in Deanland (The Kansas City Star, 1/31/06)

Roll Call reports that Democratic leaders are bristling at arty Chairman Howard Dean’s management. They’re especially upset because he has spent nearly all of the Democratic National Committee’s cash and has little left to support efforts to gain seats this cycle.

Several sources said congressional leaders and especially Rep. Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, were furious when they learned the DNC has just $5.5 million in the bank versus the Republican National Committee’s $34 million. A Democratic source about Dean: “People are bringing him to Jesus. It’s being expressed to him. He knows it.”

Yes, but why are they bringing nails and a hammer?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2006 11:14 PM

Why should Rahm Emanuel be worried? A few phone calls to George Soros, Peter Lewis, Steve Bing, Barbra, Oprah, and the other super-rich Democrats and his money problems are over. The Dems are the party of the wealthy now - but the media just won't tell us.

All you need to know is that Ken Lay is broke, and Eliot Spitzer is living off his family real estate investments in NYC.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 1, 2006 12:24 AM

The anger's over the inability to control your own pursestrings with the direct contributions, once the money is in the party's hands. While there are plenty of billionaires out there willing to donate to the next MoveOn ad or whatever, Emanuel is from the Clinton school of actually trying to say what the voters want to hear, even if you don't mean it and plan to do something completely different if elected.

Letting George Soros have the final say in where the money goes may get you attack ads against George W. Bush and the Republicans, but up until now they haven't been the types of ads that win any elections.

(As for the hammer and nails, did anyone on the cross ever say "YAARRGGHHH"?)

Posted by: John at February 1, 2006 12:51 AM

Howard Dean will come to Jesus only after Jesus declares His support for that bike path on the waterfront.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 1, 2006 6:57 AM

Nails and a hammer? I thought it was stakes and a mallet.

Posted by: Mikey at February 1, 2006 8:07 AM

Every dollar spent by those Billionaires to promote hard-left causes is a dollar well-spent, from the Republican point of view.

Hmmmmm--maybe, just maybe. . ..

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 1, 2006 9:11 AM

Check this out--yesterday I got a mailer from the DNC, saying that as a loyal & active member of the Democratic Party I was invited to take part in a survey of party attitudes. Tee-hee. Perhaps they need to look into improvements in their database management...

Posted by: b at February 1, 2006 10:58 AM

Don't dodge security, Democrats told Faithful in Ohio say party must find voice, By Jeff Zeleny, Tribune national correspondent, January 30, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The audience was supposed to be a gracious one. But Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, found himself fielding spirited questions at a breakfast meeting late last week as he laid out his ideas on how Democrats could seize control of Congress from the Republicans. When the Illinois congressman didn't include national security in his top five talking points, a man raised his hand and his voice.

"Can I give you a piece of advice?" said Ford Huffman, a Columbus attorney. "They obviously believe it's their winning issue. Why can't we get out in front with it and say there's not an issue about security? Every American believes in securing America."

Emanuel tried to answer the question, asserting his eagerness to challenge the White House, but said he does not believe national security should be a political issue. As Emanuel spoke, Huffman turned his head and told those sitting around him: "It sounds like we are trying to dodge the issue. People are going to say the Democrats are being wussies."

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Goldman said. "We believe in everything that you've said, but I think all of us are getting tired of both parties having platitudes without road maps for success. We can't just criticize Bush because it won't work."

As others echoed similar concerns, Emanuel buttoned and unbuttoned his dark suit. He shifted the weight on his feet and shook the ice in his water glass.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 1, 2006 5:18 PM