Something smells rotten in DC...
by fafnir, Sun Jun 05, 2005 at 04:25:53 PM EDT
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?
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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