Ohh Dean! part 2
As i mentioned here before, i like Howard Dean for his honesty and outspokenness of his ideas, which is why i why i was happy when he was chosen as the new DNC chairman: It meant we would have him around keeping american politics entertaining for a while. Unfortunately, some key democrats- with 08 presidential aspiration mind you- have shown a certain amount of dissatisfaction to the man's rhetorical attacks on republicans. This is his latest gaffe: While discussing the hardship of working Americans standing in long lines to vote, Dean said Thursday, "Republicans, I guess, can do that because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives." Dean said later his comments did not refer to hard-working Americans, but rather to the failure of Republican leadership to address working-class concerns. Yep, that's why they beat you in the "rich" state of Ohio: Those were rich republican voters. The rich apparently outnumber the poor there. Who knew? Naturally, this sparked outcry amongst 08 hopefulls; Joe Biden for example said : "Dean doesn't speak for me with that kind of rhetoric and I don't think he speaks for the majority of Democrats," while John"Boyish looks"Edwards stressed that he doesn't agree with Dean who, by the way, " is not the spokesman for the party." Hmm, so the head of the DNC doesn't speak for the party? Well, who does then? Anyway, Edwards is technicaly right : Howard's job isn't to be the spokesperson for the party, it is to raise money for the party to help make it competitive for the 06 and 08 elections. Unfortunately for the people who have put their faith in him, or in the democratic party to help end the republican control over the three branches of the government, well, he is also failing miserably in that area: One hundred days into his tenure as the high-energy, higher-decibel chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean is in trouble with party moneybags. The former Vermont governor seems to be doing a better job flaying the Republicans than bridging the cash chasm between the parties. Given Dean's 2004 run as a populist crusader, moderates were never wild about his takeover of the Democratic National Committee. So some big donors are sitting on their wallets. Dean wowed the faithful in '04 with his Web-based fund-raising magic. But major business donors still count, and in his new role as party honcho, the feisty doctor seems to be struggling to connect. After achieving money parity with the GOP in 2004, Democrats have fallen far behind. According to the Federal Election Commission, the DNC raised $14.1 million in the first quarter of 2005, vs. the Republican National Committee's $32.3 million. Dean drew about 20,000 new donors, while his rivals picked up 68,200. The bottom line: Republicans have $26.2 million in the bank vs. $7.2 million for the Dems. That's almost 4 times as much. Dean, this isn't the way to do it. I know, i know, republicans piss you off, and being the "angry democrat" is the reason why you were so big in the last primaries, but that's not because your supporters hated republicans( they work and live with them man) ; it's because they hated Bush. It's as simple as that. Now that Bush is in for another 4 years, you are guranteed not to get a rise out of them the same way. Speak about your platform, your ideas, your policies and your soloutions instead of being so negative. This is a fundraising job, not a comeback tour man. Get on with it, because as much as i don't like the democratic party, i would really hate it for the US to become a One-party country, which is where it's headed these days it seems with the kind of job you guys are doing.