Saturday, June 11, 2005

Give 'em hell, Howard! 

Sure hope Pelosi and Biden ("D"-MBNA) don't trash Dean on Press the Meat tomorrow:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Howard Dean said Saturday that positive responses from supporters have reinforced his determination to keep talking tough despite suggestions from some congressional Democrats that the party chairman should tone down his rhetoric.

``People want us to fight,'' Dean told the national party's executive committee. ``We are here to fight.''

Damn straight. Especially since being bend-over, nice-guy stooges (back) hasn't served the Beltway Dems real well.

Over the past week, Dean described Republicans as ``pretty much a white, Christian party'' and said many in the GOP ``never made an honest living.''

Dean's only mistake? He didn't go far enough. If Dean weren't so damn polite and mild-mannered, he would have said "so-called Christian," and would have said "never made an honest living, and a lot of them make dishonest ones. Take Tom DeLay—please!"

Several Democratic lawmakers distanced themselves from their chairman.

When will they figure out that if they don't do that, there's no story? The Republicans are masters at playing "Let's You and Him Fight," and the Beltway Dems, like the stooges they are, fall for it over and over again. Even Donnie Fowler gets that:

One of Dean's predecessors at the DNC, Don Fowler said, ``The controversy over this statement or that statement is a blip and only a blip.'' But Fowler complained about leading Democrats who aired their gripes last week. ``Even if they don't like it, they should have enough sense not to make those comments,'' Fowler said.

Oh no! Howard Dean is telling the truth again!

At the session in a downtown hotel, Dean accused Republicans of trying to suppress the vote, selling access to the White House for lobbyists and basically being dishonest with the public.

Move along people, move along, there's no story here!

``The reason the Republicans are in trouble is because there are so many cases where they say one thing and do something else,'' Dean said.

And the bottom line:

On political fundraising, the DNC trails the Republican Party by more than 2-to-1 despite Dean's reputation as a potent fundraiser. The Democrats have raised almost $19 million so far this year.

Dean said he is bringing in $1 million weekly. Records show the DNC took in $13.8 million over the first three months of 2005, compared with $8.4 million during the same period in 2003, the last year without a federal election. Terry McAuliffe was party chairman then.

Nice little slant with that "despite," eh? The relevant comparison is not Dean to Republicans—the Republicans, as the party of Rich Fucks, will always do better at raising money than Democrats. The relevant comparison is in the next paragraph, where Dean is trouncing the competition, Beltway-beloved Terry McAuliffe.

Dean has given more than $1 million from the DNC to state parties. He said the DNC plans to share some of the money Dean raises for the national party when he is in a state. Both of these moves are winning him support from state party leaders.

A 50 state campaign. Builds for the future, instead of letting consultants figure out which swing states to try to win.

But when a DNC member joked that the best way to get the chairman's attention was to ``jump up and down,'' a grinning Dean fired back: ``That's my job.''

The crowd of Democratic activists burst into applause.
(AP via Guardian)

When you know you're under the Republican boot, you scream. If you're not screaming, you're not paying attention.

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