Kerry Doesn't Mention Dean in E-mail to list about DNC chair

Interesting that Kerry's e-mail to his list about the DNC and his gift of $1,000,000 to it doesn't mention Howard Dean. Dean is referred to in the e-mail only as "the new DNC chair," and "he."

What would have been so hard for him to say Howard's name?
Plenty of other leading Democrats talked about individuals who they thought would have made good DNC chairs, and that was before anyone had locked it up.

Dean has it in the bank, and Kerry doesn't even write that he's excited about the prospect of Howard Dean becoming chair of his own party. Surely there's an explanation for this -- though it probably will be a Kerry-style explanation. Ultimately, its about Dean winning something, and Kerry not winning something. Or maybe it's that -- to use Dean's favorite insult -- John Kerry deep down is a "shit ass."

In the way that Kerry stole pieces of Dean's message during the primaries, his e-mail sounds like something he cribbed from Democracy for America mixed with the general message Dean gave during his run for the DNC: "I believe the answer is to transform the movement you built into a permanent grassroots presence for the Democratic Party in every state across this nation. If we want to prevail in the 2006 elections, we've got to start mobilizing now."

Kerry himself should mobilize and give away his 3 million e-mail addresses right now to the DNC, because he doesn't have any idea what they are useful for. And he doesn't have the courage to write the name of the new DNC chair (who kindly stumped for him during the election) to his own supporters.

Text of Kerry's e-mail below.

Dear Supporter,

I want to talk to you today about the future of the Democratic Party and about a dramatic step that we can take to make our party stronger.

In 2004 you did something amazing. You helped build the largest, most aggressive grassroots effort in history -- and that has fundamentally changed the face of Democratic politics.

Thousands of you have written in about how to continue the fight. I believe the answer is to transform the movement you built into a permanent grassroots presence for the Democratic Party in every state across this nation. If we want to prevail in the 2006 elections, we've got to start mobilizing now.

To help kick-start this, I will make a contribution to support grassroots organizing at the Democratic National Committee in the amount of $1,000,000. Join me with a contribution of your own to show the incoming DNC Chair that you want to support organizing in your own community:

A new DNC Chair will be elected at the end of this week. Let's make sure that he has everything he needs to start strong. The Democratic Party should have powerful and nimble organizations in every single county and precinct. There's only one way to win - we've got to compete everywhere, all the time. Our party should be a constant positive presence in every American community, and we can be if we tap into the grassroots energy of volunteers.

In 2004, members of the JohnKerry.com email list alone knocked on millions of doors and staffed thousands of phone banks to reach out to voters. Members of our Media Corps had thousands of letters to the editor published; and members of our Phone Corps recruited tens of thousands of new volunteers to work in swing states. I know that for most of you, it was your first time volunteering with a campaign. None of that effort will be wasted as long as we keep building on what we started.

Together, your contribution will show the new DNC Chair that you want to keep working -- and it will show the Republicans that the movement you helped build in 2004 is stronger than ever:

Contributions will help pay for year-round organizers, ongoing recruitment and training of grassroots leaders, infrastructure such as phone banks and the latest technology to support field work.

The $1,000,000 I am pledging will come out of our campaign committee's funds. This is an investment in the incredible movement that you started last year - a movement that can continue to build our party, advance our values, and elect Democrats.

Thank you again for all you have done and all you will do in the future. Let's go to work and get it done.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

Paid for by Friends of John Kerry, Inc.

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28 Comments

Are you surprised?
Surprised in the slightest? Time after time, put these guys' moral stature one against the other, and it ain't even a contest.
*Dean, in the debates, saying that he'd enthusiastically campaign for whomever the eventual nominee was, vs.
*Kerry, in the debates, saying he'd "have to check his schedule"

Then,
*Dean, in the general election, enthusiastically campaigning for Kerry, and also, y'know, using his list to raise millions, and millions of dollars for Kerry, vs.
*Kerry crowing about his $1 million gift to the DNC, and not even mentioning Dean's name.

What. A. Schmuck.

by jkdism 2005-02-09 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Are you surprised?
Well considering that there is still 14 million where that came from....

It has been widely reported that to show Dean support people wwill donate to the DNC on the 12 and soon after. This email will now make it seem that Kerry is responsible for the surge of donations.

by Parker 2005-02-09 11:31AM | 0 recs
c'mon
You're reading too much into this.  The selection isn't official yet, and who knows what the standard protocol is in this situation.  At least he's trying to rally funds for Dean.  Making assumptions like this can only be bad by creating divisions where none previously existed.  We have to unify to have a chance.  Personally, I'm going to wait til after Dean is elected to contribute in order to show my support for him (even though I am nothing close to a Deaniac).
by BBigJ 2005-02-09 11:26AM | 0 recs
Kerry Motives
I think your interpretation makes sense and can't see a reason to attack Kerry for this email. After all, he is sending more than a mere token dollar amount to the DNC. His tithe shows respect for the DNC in my book and I'm not going to cut down a fellow Democrat over such a minor snub. If it can even be considered a snub given that Dean has not been elected yet as DNC Chair.

There's no doubt that Kerry has an agenda. Why is that a problem? All the presidential contenders are going to try to raise their profile and they are all going to try to spin things to make themselves look better. I can't see how the Democrats will gain by ascribing dark motives to Kerry or by having Dean supporters calling him names.

I feel the same about the other potential candidates whether they are my idealogical favorite or not. There will be alot of jostling over the next few years. I'd hope that every time one candidate or the other catches an elbow that their supporters won't damage the party by treating their Democratic rivals like enemies.

by Curt Matlock 2005-02-09 11:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry Motives
After all, he is sending more than a mere token dollar amount to the DNC.

Yeah, but where did this money come from. He hoarded it from the small donors who sent it to him to win the election, not to put it aside for another run or to gain political influence in the party.

by Parker 2005-02-09 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry Motives
You have a point there. I sent him money myself and my goal was to get a Democrat elected President in 2004. My money didn't mean that I think Kerry is the best candidate for President in 2008. But I'll reserve judgement about how he has used the money until more time passes.

But still ... "schmuck" ... "shit ass" ?? Is that helpful to winning in 2008? I guess middle-age makes me disapprove of that level of disrespect and intra-party sniping especially when Kerry may end up being the Dem candidate.

by Curt Matlock 2005-02-09 01:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry Motives
Kerry is doing a Reid

My list is bigger than your list

Kerry is just trying to show that his list still has juice. Mixing up the number and siphoning off of Deans juice so that he can keep his deteriorating list alive.

It is not unintentional that Kerry does not mention Deans name. Dean worked his butt off to get elected to the DNC. This is not like Kerry's Mr. Electabiity meme that got him nominated as the ABB Democratic Candidate.

If Kerry were truly sincere (a state that he has never known) he would have waited the two days and put a name to the chair.

This way it sound like he is coming in and saving the day.

by Parker 2005-02-09 01:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry Motives
Gee, I can't imagine why Kerry would be frosty toward Dean. Maybe it's because Dean was so unrelentingly negative toward Kerry during the primaries. Remember him saying: "The fact is that we wouldn't be in Iraq if it weren't for Democrats like Senator Kerry." And who was it that started calling Kerry a "flip-flopper?" That's right: Howard Dean.

No, I can't imagine Senator Kerry still being sore about that.

by craverguy 2005-02-09 05:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry Motives
The Dem primary was remarkably civil.  I highly doubt there is any residual soreness from any of the candidates.
by BBigJ 2005-02-09 05:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry Motives
All I'm saying is that if Kerry really did intend to snub Dean by not mentioning him, I could understand his desire to take just one, small dig at Dean before moving on.
by craverguy 2005-02-09 05:49PM | 0 recs
But not
With money people donated against Bush, not for Kerry. I sure as hell didn't give him money to hoard it and make himself a continuing playa. If he's going to do that, I want a refund for taking cash under false pretenses.
by ElitistJohn 2005-02-09 07:30PM | 0 recs
Re: But not
If you didn't want to donate money for Kerry to use in his political campaigns, maybe you shouldn't have donated it to his campaign fund.
by craverguy 2005-02-09 07:51PM | 0 recs
Re: But not
You mean the 2004 Presidential Campaign fund, which must legally be a specific entity? Funny that.

Guess I'll follow your advise and never donate to anything of his again.

by ElitistJohn 2005-02-10 02:31AM | 0 recs
I have to agree with this.
Unless he has some reason to believe that Dean won't get in, I can't imagine that Kerry would deliberately snub the new DNC chair. Does not compute. It seems more likely that he's acknowledging the fact that the vote hasn't taken place yet.

For all we know, the e-mail was written before everybody else had dropped out.

by catastrophile 2005-02-09 12:34PM | 0 recs
I think not
While the cynic in me says that this email is a "pre-emtive" strike so as to allow Kerry to take some of the credit for the flood of DNC donations that are sure to follow Dean's appointment to the position, I think crowing about Kerry's non-mention of Dean is being a little paranoid.

Dean is not "officially" the DNC chair yet. It would be unprofessional for Kerry to name him as the DNC chair at this point.

Even Howard Dean himself isn't calling it a done deal. Here's a snippet from an email I received from DFA just a few hours ago:

"Since we launched our campaign for Chair of the Democratic National Committee many of you have asked about the future of Democracy for America -- what will happen if we win? Will DFA still exist? What will happen to everything we have built together?"

Notice Dean says "if" we win.

by John in Chicago 2005-02-09 12:23PM | 0 recs
Kerry just wants the credit
And wants people in the DNC to feel beholden to him instead of Dean.  DON'T GIVE KERRY YOUR MONEY.  Give it directly to Dean's DNC after Saturday.  And please, spread the word!
by Jim in Chicago 2005-02-09 12:35PM | 0 recs
It's not "Dean's DNC"
It'll still be Kerry's DNC too. And my DNC for that matter. Give money to 'the' DNC, but don't give it for any other reason than to support Democrats.
by fng 2005-02-10 05:35AM | 0 recs
How to interpret?
Kerry writes:

"I will make a contribution to support grassroots organizing at the Democratic National Committee in the amount of $1,000,000"

Does this mean he's giving $1 million to the DNC free and clear for Howard to use as he sees fit, or will this be a targeted contribution with strings attached to make sure the ultimate recipients know it came from Kerry and that they should kowtow to him?

And why isn't he giving the DNC the other #$%$@# $14 million he took from US?!

by Jim in Chicago 2005-02-09 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: How to interpret?
As I understand it, the strings attached were that it had to be spent in the states to hire staff for ground game operations in the next two years.

Also, he didn't have $15 anymore, might have around $7-8 million left now after bills and some other large donations (Wash Gov recount, etc.)

by fng 2005-02-10 05:37AM | 0 recs
Kerry Doesn't Mention Dean in E-mail to list about
You're reading too much here.  A few weeks ago on MTP, Dean was asked what Kerry should do with his money and whether he would ask him to give the money to the DNC if he was elected chairman.

Dean's answer what that he would prefer that Kerry invests it in the grassroot movement rather than giving the money to the DNC.  It seems to me that Kerry does what Dean asked him.

As for Kerry not wanting Dean. once again, Kerry has been on record on Imus last week saying that he was happy that Dean was the nominee.

As for Jim in Chicago, he may want to read the email.  the links in the email point to the DNC website, not Kerry.  So, get a life.

by Mass 2005-02-09 01:06PM | 0 recs
Are you anti-Dean???
Just an addition here.

Some of you apparently dont want everybody to be excited about Dean.  If I was not convinced that he is the man, there are quite a few people here that would make me think that he is not if they reflect him.

by Mass 2005-02-09 01:07PM | 0 recs
There's a perception
that the grassroots Dems who fell in love with Dean and have now apparently propelled him into the position of DNC chair are comparable to a cult of personality.

I think there's a valid argument to be made for that, based on some of the debates that have gone on around this campaign, but I also think that Dean's message, not his personality, is what's got people so devoted to getting him into a position of power.

It was so amazingly refreshing to hear Dean during the primaries, speaking for so many of us who have been let down time and again by spineless corporatized Dems, that I can understand the overwhelming enthusiasm many of his supporters display. But some people are concerned that too much passion and not enough thought are behind the Deaniac movement.

Personally, I think it's worth backing him, because he speaks truth, and truth is something we need desparately in today's political climate. But I can understand why others are less-than-thrilled with the way things fell out.

by catastrophile 2005-02-09 01:53PM | 0 recs
message
with all this bickering it's no wonder we keep losing elections.
by ypsilanti 2005-02-09 01:50PM | 0 recs
Re: message
A vital part of the Republican Noise Machine is that you NEVER hear them sniping at each other (except during a primary season).  It works.  They have all three branches under their control and are never in need when it comes to finding words we said to use against us.

One last time: Kerry is not the enemy here.  Focus your attention on the GOP and if/when Kerry emerges in the next primary scene THEN give us your opinion.  Any bickering before then only serves the Repugs.

by BBigJ 2005-02-09 05:43PM | 0 recs
Thank you John Kerry
I am optimistic that Democrats are giving value to grassroots and recognizing its power.
by jasmine 2005-02-09 07:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Maybe
Sure, he is supporting the guy who said he was to olefty and lost the election because of it.  Kerry did not support Roemer and said he would be happy to see Dean as chair before Roemer bowed out.

OK you dont like Kerry, it's your right, but frankly, here, you're just silly.

by Mass 2005-02-10 03:44AM | 0 recs
No pb with Dean
I have no problem with Dean.  I have been advocating that he be the chair since the Democratic Convention.

I have problem with the silliness that goes with some people in this thread, and I doubt they are actual Dean's supporters.

by Mass 2005-02-10 03:46AM | 0 recs
He does now!
Re the comments.

First I completely agree with BBigJ that this type of sniping is not helpful.

Second, today' fund-raising letter from Senator Kerry is titled: Stand with Howard Dean.  Here's the rest:

We have a strong Democratic Party - and we need it to be stronger. Strong enough to turn back George Bush's efforts to privatize Social Security. Strong enough to insist that every child in America has health insurance. Strong enough to elect candidates committed to Democratic ideals at every level of government and in every region of our country.
On Saturday - just two days from now - Howard Dean will be elected as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee. He'll need the ideas, engagement and financial support of the entire Democratic Party to succeed.
Let's welcome Howard Dean and give him the groundswell of grassroots support he needs.
http://www.democrats.org/BuildTheParty
Let's send an unmistakable message to George Bush and his allies: In 2005, the Democratic Party is strong and united.
Again, it is just two days until Howard Dean becomes chairman. Please join me now in getting his efforts to strengthen our Party off to a record-setting start.
http://www.democrats.org/BuildTheParty
Thank you,
John Kerry

by Joe Scordato 2005-02-10 04:53AM | 0 recs

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