Something smells rotten in DC...

and it ain't the Potomac. To me, it smells like fratricide.

Dean rightly criticizes the Republican leadership, and Congressional and high-profile Dems repudiate him?

The establishments Dems, by and large, don't seem to give a damn about Dean's work to rebuild the Party in the states, nor about his relative fundraising and new membership achievements.

It seems to me that the establishment Dems want Dean to fail, and they appear to have granted the media tacit blessing to help them carry out the dirty deed.

Political pundits on FAUX, CNN, M$NBC, C-SPAN, etc., and these things that pass for journalists nowadays seem to relish smearing Dean with impunity in his new role as DNC Chair, painting him as some wild-eyed liberal extremist who is hurting the Party every time he opens his mouth. Even bottom feeder local programs like Derek McGinty's "Eye On Washington" are getting in on this false story line.

So, why is this happening?

Perhaps we are witnessing the invisible hand phenomena of corporate interests influencing Democratic Party politics.

If true, this may suggest a deep concern by corporate America that Dean may succeed in rebuilding the Party from the ground up. That is to say, a populist, Democratic Party of reform would be seen as a threat that is likely to yield progressive Democratic electoral successes across the board.

Corporate America benefits disproportionately when Republicans are in power, and the trifecta of Republican control hasn't fulfilled the corporate agenda: overturning public protection law, ending taxation on unearned wealth, and the elimination of the Social Security trust fund liability to name a few. Keeping Republicans and corporate establishment Dems in power protects their interests.

I fear that the establishment Dems will force Dean out before his term ends -- perhaps before 2006.

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Well, if they force him out by 2006, then he gets
run for President in 2008.  If that happens there are a whole lot of people ready to give him the money and support he needs to win the nomination this time.  Kerry would go down in flames.
by LionelEHutz 2005-06-05 06:02PM | 0 recs
Don't think Dean will go anywhere soon
He's making many friends in the trenches at the state party level. I've said this before, and I'll repeat my theory:

Dean lost because he was an outsider who tried to cut in line and challenge the status quo. Now that he's Party Chair, he is building up state party organizations, and making sure the money flows to them this time around. When and if he runs for president, people will remember him fondly in every state party. Especially if he achieves more victories in 2006 for the party.

The establishment Dems are not stupid and see this as a threat. The GOP sees Dean as a threat as well as he's organizing in their "gimmie" states. This will bear fruit down the road and they know it. Hence there will be no let up on his every action being spun negatively. But Dean doesn't care because this time, unlike in 2004, he's not running for office (yet) and their spin doesn't hurt him in his position as party chair. The more he hates Republicans, the more the base and the state level love him, as he then puts paid staff in their backyard.

So as they are all naysaying, Dean is off building up a statewide network that will help to reclaim congress from the GOP AND wrest control away from the establishment Dems. If he is successful, he will have the power to run the party that he currently doesn't. And when and if he does run for President, he'll have a wide and thankful party organization to support him this time around</tinfoil>

Just thinking aloud...

by michael in chicago 2005-06-05 08:17PM | 0 recs
Dean Doubts
Most elected Democrats have a feel for what type of political rhetoric wins elections. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss their doubts about Dean's strident, over-the-top language. A party chair needs to do more than throw "red meat" to the party faithful. Positioning the party to appeal to weak partisans and independents is something that will make or break Democrats in 2006 & 08. Dean has yet to show much in this area. Time will tell.
by SLinVA 2005-06-05 08:59PM | 0 recs
Biden and Edwards doubts
So Biden and Edwards are helping out by criticizing Howard Dean? I don't know if they're just nuts or are getting campaign advice from Donnie Fowler.

Do they think the way to win friends in the Democratic party is by criticizing Dean?

I want your vote to be Democratic nominee for President, because I defended the Republicans from unfair "over the top" criticism by Howard Dean.

Yeah, right. Here's the "over the top" quote:

"You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever and get home and still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well Republicans, I guess can do that. Because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives."

-- Howard Dean, at a convention in Washington, D.C

Howard Dean cracked a mild joke about Ken Lay Republicans and Biden and Edwards go into Rush Limbaugh mode. Biden and Edwards both owe Howard Dean and the Democratic party a public apology.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-06-05 10:56PM | 0 recs


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