Monday, June 13, 2005

Howard Dean - Still On A Tear

After his controversial remarks about Republicans over the past couple of weeks and being criticized by elected Democratic officials galore, DNC Chair Howard Dean was scolded by Dick Cheney over the weekend in an interview on Fox News:

I think Howard Dean's over the top. I've never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I've never met anybody who does...So far, I think he's probably helped us more than he has them. That's not the kind of individual you want to have representing your political party.
Now, Dick, what did we say about bringing people's mothers into it?

When asked to respond to this attack, Dean's response was short, sweet and more than I could have hoped for:

My view is FOX News is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and I don't comment on FOX News.
Haha. Just for that give the DNC some love and let the DNC and all Democratic officials know that Howard Dean does speak for you.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hehehe ... Keep it coming Howie, keep it coming.

And while you all are waiting for Howie and the gang to throw you some more red meat, why don't you chew on this:

Despite John Kerry and others courting them with populist rhetoric and targeted get-out-the-vote efforts, large majorities of middle-class voters chose President Bush and congressional Republicans in last fall’s elections. While a little political Prozac may be required, some believe Democrats need stronger medicine to overcome an even more serious malady — denial about their standing with the bourgeoisie.

So says a recent study by a group called "Third Way," based on 2004 exit-poll data from the Roper Center at the University of Connecticut. Interestingly, Third Way is not a Republican-leaning group crowing about the GOP conquests in the 2004 election. No, instead it’s a “non-partisan not-for-profit strategic advocacy organization devoted to modernizing the progressive cause.” Or in the words of a former Democratic Hill aide who knows it well, “an organization devoted to moderating the Democratic party and saving it from extinction.”

Despite all the time, energy, and rhetoric Democrats spend trying to curry favor with “middle class” voters, their efforts are falling flat. With a couple of exceptions, instead of mining a Democratic electoral mother-lode, these voters delivered landslide margins to President Bush and congressional Republicans. For example, the report concludes that “George W. Bush defeated John Kerry by 22-points among middle class whites with incomes between $30,000 and $75,000.” House Republicans won the same income group by 19 points.

Republican support among lower-middle-class white voters continued down the income scale more than suggested by conventional wisdom. The report says “The economic tipping point — the household income level at which whites were more likely to vote for Republicans than Democrats — was $23,700.” Middle-class black voters, on the other hand, voted overwhelmingly for Democrats (by a nine to one margin) — a spread so large, according to the report, it “masked the enormous deficit Democrats faced with other middle income demographic groups.”

Two other conclusions in the report could send Democrats into a catatonic state. First, Third Way finds, “A rapidly growing Hispanic middle class is leaving the Democratic Party.” And, “The entrance of married women into the middle class led to a dramatic increase in Republican support.”

After all the debate about the extent of Republican gains among Hispanics, the Third Way report offers a somewhat different perspective, one focusing on income groups. For example, Hispanics become more apt to vote Republican as they move up the income scale. And the Hispanic population is not only growing, but it is becoming more affluent. And the more affluent Hispanics become . . . you guessed it — time for more political Prozac for the Democrats ...

More good stuff HERE

10:57 AM  
Blogger TWB said...

Interesting article. But a couple of things. First of all, Howard Dean does not represent the same ole same ole that led to the losses last year, he represents a new regime,a new attempt to show that Democrats are strong, principled have spine, etc. John Kerry did not lose because he ran to the left. He tried to run to the middle. He just didn't connect with people and he quite obviously did not come across as strong or principled. As we've learned from Bush, if you connect with people, it doesn't matter how you govern. Certainly you're not suggesting that Bush is a moderate. By the way, Bush and the extremist Republican leadership is the best promotion we have that the Democratic Party is the party of moderation. And our number one potential nominee for the presidency in 2008 has done just what this organization would seem to recommend. Hillary has worked with Republicans on a lot of things, she's been hawkish and she's moderated some of her language on some issues.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wild rider said...

Denial isn't just a river in Egypt, y'know ...

6:39 AM  

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