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Howard Dean: The crazy uncle in the attic

I say that in the title fully understanding that in reality Howard Dean reflects how some (many?) on the liberal side of the house actually feel, or perhaps a better way of saying that is how they delude themselves into feeling.  Take this for instance … Howard Dean on the Wisconsin recall election:

DEAN: First of all, we look at Wisconsin as a win. We, which is not reported in the mainstream media, we picked up a senate seat, which denies Scott Walker a majority in the senate. So we put the breaks on him at least until the next election season. Secondly, you know, I always thought the base would come around because, as they like to say in Obama-land, we’re not running against the Almighty, we’re running against the alternative. Mitt Romney is well-known among the American people, let alone progressives, as someone who mostly caters to very wealthy Americans, and doesn’t have a lot of understanding or sympathy for those who aren’t. I’m pretty sure we’re in good shape and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a big progressive turnout.

Wow.  First, the Senate win was an empty win.  The legislature is not in session and with redistricting (which was done by the Republican legislature), the “new” Senator will have to again run for the seat before the legislature again meets.  Forecasts say the Republicans will pick up at least one more seat at that time.  So the win is a win in name only.  It means nothing whatsoever until the next election.

Second … does anyone, given the turn out in Wisconsin, believe that line of crap about “progressive turnout”?  And even if progressives do turn out, they’re what, 25% of the electorate tops?  It isn’t the progressives who are going to re-elect Barack Obama.  It is the big middle who is deserting him right now.

But, that said, I just don’t see a big progressive turnout in the cards either.

Dean, however, is going to stay on message no matter how ridiculous it sounds:

REPORTER: Are you seeing a difference in the mood here compared to previous years? Last year, there were some combative moments and this time around it seems, so far anyway—

DEAN: Again, it’s the fourth quarter. I’ve had my differences with the administration, particularly over health-care policy, but this is the fourth quarter. I always used to say when I was DNC chair we’re going to elect a Democratic president and hold their feet to the fire to make sure they behave like Democrats. In the fourth quarter, everybody’s on the same team again—we’ve got to win this game. I hesitate to think of what’s going to happen to the budget deficit, because of course the Republicans are the biggest creators of budget deficits, should Mitt Romney win and have a Republican House and a Republican Senate. We’ll get a big turnout.

Yup, that’s sort of the same message about teams that you hear on the GOP side. Everyone get onboard.

However, in the real world, it seems that the team forming on the right is much more enthusiastic (at least at this point) than the one on the left, and on the right they don’t even have an official nominee yet.

As for the budget nonsense – boilerplate crap that adheres to the discredited spin that Obama has spent less than any president in 60 years.  Only progressives believe that, apparently.

REPORTER: Do you think there’s a change in the relationship between the Democratic base and labor in particular? I’ve talked to a couple activists here who say they’re a little dispirited, that they don’t know whether engaging in electoral politics is the best role for labor unions after Wisconsin.

DEAN: Well, I think the parameters have changed dramatically. The old politics is not going to work anymore. We’re not going to be able to outspend the Republicans under the circumstances of Citizens United, so I think we’re going to have to look for a different kind of politics. I think that the campaign, actually, in Wisconsin—the principal problem there was not being outspent; the principal problem there was people were tired of elections. Had they waited another three months, they might have gotten an indictment in the administration, and that would have been significant grounds to throw out a sitting governor—and I think a lot of people would think so. The most interesting thing about the Wisconsin race was that about 10 percent of the electorate that voted to keep Walker, also said they would vote for Obama in the fall, which gave Obama the state. We’ll see. I’m not one of those who thought last week was a bad week for the Democrats. I actually thought last week was a good week for Democrats.

Tired of elections?  That’s why record numbers turned out and resoundingly thumped the recall effort?  We’ve already seen the “outspent” nonsense debunked.   If your fall back to an electoral debacle is “people are tired of elections” given the turnout and result, you’re out of credible ideas and just pumping out hot air. 

Dean, along with perhaps Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and David Axlerod are about the only people in America that thought last week was a “good week for Democrats”.   That said, I wish them many more like it.

REPORTER: How about in the fall? Do you think that when it comes to Obama communicating with the base and doing things that will energize the base, is there anything that you’d like to see him do between now and then?

DEAN: I’d like to see him keep hammering away at Romney’s—the one thing, you’ve got to hammer at people’s beliefs. You can’t sort of convince people that, for example as the Republicans have been trying to do, that the problem with the president is that he was born in Kenya—that’s just not going to work. You don’t have to convince people that Romney only cares about rich people, because that’s what they believe already. So you just have to keep hammering that message home, that this is not a guy who understands you. And I think we’re going to win.

And I can only hope Obama takes Dean’s advice, because it will guarantee a one term presidency if he does.

I put all this up because whether Democrats like it or not, this is one of the faces of the Democratic party.  And if you think he’s out to lunch, tune in to Debbie Wasserman-Shultz for a while.  She makes Dean seem sane.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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14 Responses to Howard Dean: The crazy uncle in the attic

  • Howeird Dean  …  if JFK had him around, I bet he could have found something good about the “Bay of Pigs” fiasco.

  • “Again, it’s the fourth quarter. I’ve had my differences with the administration, particularly over health-care policy, but this is the fourth quarter. I always used to say when I was DNC chair we’re going to elect a Democratic president and hold their feet to the fire to make sure they behave like Democrats. In the fourth quarter, everybody’s on the same team again—we’ve got to win this game.”
    Then explain why Bill Clinton is firing full broadsides at Obama’s economic campaign rhetoric.  Some other less notables did the same and got taken to the woodshed for it.  That ain’t gonna happen with Bill as he is way too big of a fish in the Democrat party to be taken to the woodshed.
    Of course, Bill Clinton isn’t running for anything and that gives him the luxury of telling the truth about Obama’s economic ignorance.
     

  • The AFL-CIO has told Washington Whispers it will redeploy funds away from political candidates smack dab in the middle of election season, the latest sign that the largest federation of unions in the country could be becoming increasingly disillusioned with President Obama.

    The federation says the shift has been in the works for months, and had nothing to do with the president’s failure to show in Wisconsin last week, where labor unions led a failed recall election of Governor Scott Walker.
    “We wanted to start investing our funds in our own infrastructure and advocacy,” AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein told Whispers. “There will be less contributions to candidates,” including President Obama.

    This doesn’t look good for Team Obama

    • “This doesn’t look good for Team Obama”

      Next step: lazy legacy pundits start talking about the “perfect storm” for Obama – while absolving him of any responsibility, as if all these things are just random coincidences having nothing to do with his actions and results.

      • As long as I don’t have to hear about the “Comeback Kid” and associated nonsense, they can say anything that makes them happy .. like Obama losing in November is good for the Democratic Party.

      • A perfect storm washed him in, I see no problem if it returns to wash him out, in fact I pray it does.

  • “We’re not going to be able to outspend the Republicans under the circumstances of Citizens United, so I think we’re going to have to look for a different kind of politics.”

    Is this an admission that Dems were able to outspend Reps before CU?

  • No, black turnout will still be high, a few other of the Democrats client groups will be out there.  But many many of the base, especially those who thought we would have a better economy by now will stay home.

    As for the independents. A huge number of them voted for Obama just because he was black and they wanted to make history. Now they are disaffected especially when they saw race relations get worse not better.  We don’t even need them to vote for Romney, we just need them to stay home.

    • I’m guessing the black turnout will be less than in 2008.
      Unemployment among black Americans is astronomically high, so I can’t picture the average voter in that demographic being as motivated to get out to vote.
      Then again, Democrats are already screeching about minorities being disenfranchised, even tossing out wild claims of Southern states returning to Jim Crow.  As the election nears, there will be more fake outrages and if only a few gain traction, that could persuade the gullible and ignorant to change their minds and go vote.  But by playing the race card frequently, they might turn off more discerning voters, of all ethnicities.

  • …tune in to Debbie Wasserman-Shultz for a while.  She makes Dean seem sane.

    Absolutely.

  • Of course now they’re re-floating the “King Choom will legalize marijuana” story.   Nice bit of pandering to the younger generation, who won’t pause to consider his majesty doesn’t have the authority to issue such an edict.

    • Anyone who looks to Obama to legalize marijuana should realize he already promised in 2008 to stop federal prosecution of medical marijuana in states where it was legal.
      He lied.  They’re still raiding clinics.
      If he screws over as sympathetic a group as cancer patients just to kowtow to the reefer madness bureaubots at the DEA, do you seriously think he’ll turn around and invalidate so much of the DEA’s foundation, as well as scare the bejeebus out of all the voters who see legalizing drugs as the road to ruination, just in the hopes that he can increase turnout for people who are for legalization?
      The only candidates who would have any credibility are Ron Paul and Gary Johnson, and neither of them are going to win.

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