Kerry Doesn't Mention Dean in E-mail to list about DNC chair
by janfrel, Wed Feb 09, 2005 at 10:58:59 AM EST
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.
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.
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