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"We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America. In the end, that's what this election is about." -- Barack Obama, DNC keynote address, July 2004

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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

 

TNR Primary http://www.tnr.com/primary/index.mhtml?pid=442

posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, June 03, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Jonathon Cohn, in a pair of somwhat-schizophrenic posts on TNR Primary, praises and slams Dean. The slam deals with the attacks Dean made toward Kerry in New York, but the praise, well, the praise is great:

First, Dean endorses a number of important, but highly underappreciated, policy ideas here, including so-called "card check" registration for unions.

[...]

The second, more important thing to note about the interview is the broader message about domestic policy that Dean sends. In These Times is a magazine of The Left. But in the interview, Dean actually passes on a few opportunities to pander. He reiterates his commitment to balanced budgets and opposition to single-payer health care reform--two stances that are highly unpopular with liberal Democrats. And when pressed about corporate greed, he offers this: "I think it's less productive to worry about how much rich people have than to worry about how much middle-class and working people have ... Rather than attacking executive salaries, which I do agree are a real problem, I want to build a middle-class safety net, so that people in the middle class in this country can be sure they'll have health insurance, can be sure they'll have opportunities for their kids to go to college." This is exactly the kind of uplifting, middle class populism that Bill Clinton deployed successfully in 1992--the kind that just might work in 2004. Dean has always had the policy pieces to wage this kind of campaign; now it looks like he may have the vision, too.

Dean is currently in second over at TNR's Primary, only 0.3 behind Lieberman (2.7 to 3.0). Gephart and Edwards haven't done anything gradeworthy this month, yet, apparently. Bob Graham is floating a D average and John Kerry's one grade is an F.

 

THE one-liner to end all "Dean electability" discussions in Dean's favor. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HowardDeanCoffeehouse/

posted by Adam F. at Tuesday, June 03, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
"The same people who are claiming Dean is too far left to be elected also claimed JOHN McCAIN was too liberal to be President."

If someone comes at you with a "McGovern" line, come back with the rubbish the far right threw at McCain in the 2000 Republican Primaries. Make it clear the people making these charges against Dean will claim ANYONE who is not a card-carrying member of the neo-conservative right will be called a left-wing extremist. Completely turn the discussion into an indictment of those making the false claim.






 

Dean is not McGovern http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030602-102102-2366r

posted by G at Tuesday, June 03, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
A UPI article with an overview of the Democratic field makes the Dean-McGovern comparison:
The first medical doctor to make a serious run for the presidency, Dean is firing up grassroots liberals with red-meat speeches attacking President Bush's Iraq policy and promising universal health care. A good comparison can be made to George McGovern in 1972 who capitalized on liberal opposition to Vietnam to win the 1972 Democratic nod. Dean should do well in the early New England contests, but will have to win big states to prove his electabilty. After all, McGovern lost by the greatest popular vote margin ever.
I've been thinking about why Dean is not McGovern. First, McGovern was a soft-spoken old guard Democrat, a good guy, but not one to inspire, about a 3 in charisma on the 1-to-10 scale, according to my father. I would rate Dean an 8 or 9.

Second, McGovern's campaign was focused largely on his opposition to the war. This is understandable because Nixon, despite being a paranoid guy who surrounded himself with reptiles like Kissinger and didn't have the courage to end the war in 1969, wasn't such a bad president overall. The opening to China and the arms controls overtures to the Soviets are achievements he deserves credit for, and on the domestic front he didn't get in the way of a lot of good things, like the creation of the EPA. In contrast, on every front Bush is easily the worst president since Harding, and Dean's campaign reflects a vision which encompasses much more than just the war.

Third, part of the reason McGovern lost is that American progressives were demoralized and fragmented after the events of 1968: the asassinations of RFK and MLK, Jr., and the tumultuous Democratic Convention in Chicago. This time, we're energized, confident, and determined to end the reign of the Bush cabal and take back America. And we will.

 

Meetup http://dean2004.meetup.com/

posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, June 03, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Meetup is looking sure to break 30,000 today. Absolutely phenomenal numbers. I'm not completely sure I agree with Aziz's projections of 100,000 by July, but 50,000 is looking very, very realistic.

If you haven't signed up to meet up yet, get on up and do it.

If you have signed up, well then, go tomorrow night and get some money for Howard. This is the last meetup before the end of this fundraising quarter and Dean will need the money. Try to get an average of even 5 bucks committed from everyone at the Meetup. Or, even better, you'll have donor cards and can take the money tomorrow night.

Keep the folks excited. No matter what the Times, the DLC, or anyone else in the Beltway says, we're growing faster than anyone can imagine. Let's keep gettin' it done.

Monday, June 02, 2003

 

the Dean National Media Network http://www.sf4dean.com/forums/index.php?act=ST&f=8&t=32

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, June 02, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
I've been very remiss in not posting this link earlier. Richard of the SF4Dean Meetup group has been in contact with the people at HowardDean.TV andteh campaign and are planning a coordinated Media Network to consolidate all the various Dean media resources that people are developing, and organizing a coordinated response and archive of future appearances. Below is Richard's email explaining the concept in more detail:

Establishing the Dean National Media Network of Creative Talent

I had a long conversation with Nicco (webmaster, video) at DeanForAmerica about 10 ten days ago. One of the things they still need, among many things, from the Dean supporters are PHOTOS from venues where Dean appears, preferably mixing with people vs just on a stage.

There is also a need for coordination of video assets that are avail all over the web -- so more people (and city-sites) know about them, and to push more media out showing Dean in action. Moving broadcast quality video, DVD quality and even quicktime media fluidly from city to city is important and requires coordination. There are asset management issues, there are general questions like "I shot this video and I don't know where to send it"...

Third, there is a need to identify pro video photographers in Meetup cities who can cover Dean at local appearances -- wherever he might be -- then get that video fed back to the Campaign and to State/Regional/City sites.

Fourth, a number of creative folks in LA, SF, NY and elsewhere have been developing targeted ads to introduce Dean to their city's various communities of people. We also need more people, and want to identify who these people are in each Meetup city.

Such as: Video Photographers & Editors, Ad Producers, Still Photographers, Designers, Illustrators, Flash Animators, Writers, Copywriters, Creative Directors, Music Composers, Production Artists/HTML Builders, and any other creative personnel.

For all these reasons, I discussed with Nicco that having a single place for compilation of these resources would make coordination of these creative efforts much easier -- and speed up the whole process of message creation and distribution thru web, DVD, print, broadcast media.

Nicco stated the Dean Campaign itself is not that coordinating place, largely due to the boundaries that need to be maintained between "Campaign" and grassroots volunteers.

Therefore, SanFranciscoForDean took on the task to coordinate Media talent in forming a National Media Network. Meetup is right upon us. What we're asking Dean Supporters in all Meetup cities across the country to do is: At your Meetup meeting, specifically ask and solicit within your Meetup group: Who are the professional crreative media personnel who would volunteer their services for Dean in these areas: Video Photographers & Editors, Ad Producers, Still Photographers, Designers, Illustrators, Flash Animators, Writers, Copywriters, Creative Directors, Music Composers, Production Artists/HTML Builders, and any other creative personnel.

The intention is not that all of these people come together on a national project. The intent is to be able to share media assets -- and ideas that work -- so that appeals to take a look at Howard Dean are targeted for different voting segments.

PLEASE HELP AND SUPPORT THIS COORDINATION EFFORT by having your Meetup Group coordinator gather this information and post it
to the SF website here: http://www.sf4dean.com/forums/index.php?act=ST&f=8&t=32

Thanks very much!
Richard Hoefer, SF4dean.com Media Committee


(note to Richard: get a dedicated blog to this effort set up and send me an icon, and I'll link to it from the Dean Blog directly)

 

The In These Times Profile http://inthesetimes.com/comments.php?id=206_0_1_0_C

posted by G at Monday, June 02, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Lots of familiar material in this long article. Points I hadn't seen before:
Dean describes himself as an anti-ideological pragmatist. “I’m not an ideologue,” he said in an interview with In These Times. “I think the great problem with this president is that his is an ideological administration. Facts don’t matter to them. I’m a complete pragmatist. I really believe that people who have ideologies that can’t be bent and are insensitive to the facts can’t govern.”
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More significantly, Dean—along with Kucinich and Dick Gephardt—strongly advocates making it easier for workers to organize unions, both at home and abroad. “I’ve recently concluded that we ought to allow card check in this country,” Dean says, referring to employer recognition of a union simply when a majority of workers sign membership cards. “It’s the only way to unionize places that pay substandard wages that you can’t support a family on.”

Dean embraces unions as vehicles for bringing poor workers into the middle class. “My attitude toward unions is, at a time when the gap between rich and poor is getting bigger and bigger, at a time when the unions in my view have been much more responsible than they were in the ’70s and ’80s when they were mostly interested in protecting high-wage industrial jobs, they’ve really gone out of their way to recruit the people who need the help the most,” he says.

Dean rejects privatizing social security, and he argues that the federal government should give refundable tax credits to low-income workers to invest for their retirement. He also proposes drastically revamping the existing pension system. “Pensions shouldn’t be controlled by corporations,” he says. “They should be independent, controlled by trustees. Corporations would appoint half of them, and labor would appoint half of them.” This would keep corporations from looting pensions, and workers could remain in the same independent pension fund as they change jobs.
....
Despite his criticism of corporate behavior, Dean rejects the rhetoric of “class warfare.” “I think it’s less productive to worry about how much rich people have than to worry about how much middle-class and working people have,” he says. “I believe that as long as rich people are around, they’ll find ways to get around the rules other people have to follow. That’s one of the costs of living in a capitalist system. The thing to do is concentrate on the 90 percent of people who don’t have what they need and make sure they have it, and not worry about the people who make $500,000 a year. Of course, it’s obscene, but so what?”

“Rather than attacking executive salaries, which I do agree are a real problem, I want to build a middle-class safety net, so that people in the middle class in this country can be sure they’ll have health insurance, can be sure they’ll have opportunities for their kids to go to college,” he says. Beyond raising the minimum wage, he’d expand fringe benefits subsidized by government, much as he did to some degree in Vermont, including expanded child care, affordable housing, and health insurance.

 

LA Times Q&A http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-deanqa1june01,1,899205.story

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, June 02, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
This Q&A session is meant as a companion to the LA Times profile. All the candidates will get their turn. Not much new here, but very valuable as promotional material for supporter recruitment. Some of the highlights:

Q: What will be America's greatest foreign policy challenge in the next 20 years?

A: Undoing the damage to international relations caused by the Bush administration's recklessness.
...
Q: Would you explicitly require that anyone you nominate to the Supreme Court commit to uphold the Roe vs. Wade decision that guaranteed a legal right to abortion?

A: I would appoint federal judges based on experience and merit. I would not employ litmus tests, and I would not ask prospective nominees how they would vote in any particular case. However, I would review a nominee's writings and professional record to ensure that they share my basic view of the Constitution. I believe that the Constitution guarantees Americans certain fundamental rights, including the right to privacy. The men and women I appoint to the bench would share that outlook.

 

video: California Teachers Association (6/1/03) http://www.carlwithak.com/index.html#200372129

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, June 02, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Carl with a K does a typically fantastic job of bringing video coverage of Dean to Dean Nation - this time at the California Teachers Association:

Governor Howard Dean, MD knocked the socks off of nearly 1000 members of the California Teachers Association on Sunday. He was very impressive, displaying a great deal of knowledge on a variety of education related issues.

:: Governor Dean Addressing CTA Convention (6/1)
Dial-Up | High Speed


Karl also has a lot of photos and additional video of Dean addressing supporters outside the convention that are highly recomended. Kudos to Karl also for being recognized as a celebrity :)

 

LA Times profile http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-dean1jun01235424,1,7660873.story

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, June 02, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
This is the profile that we wanted the NYT to run! A really fantastic analysis of Dean by the LA Times, it does a very solid job of introducing Dean to an audience that may be unfamiliar. There is a lot of information that I hadn't ever heard before, such as how Dean got involved in politics:

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Lake Champlain waterfront had all the charm of a junkyard when a young physician named Howard Dean moved here from New York in 1978. But Dean and others wanted a place to go bicycling, so they formed a group to buy up land and clean up the abandoned barges and boxcars littering the lakefront.

The effort, built on private donations, grants and volunteer labor, produced a nine-mile-long recreation area with splendid views of New York's Adirondack Mountains. It also launched the political career of a now-54-year-old Democrat who hopes to be the first president elected from this remote state.

Dean vaulted from the Citizens' Waterfront Committee to state representative to lieutenant governor — to a 5 1/2-term governor who extended health coverage to all Vermont children and signed the nation's only state law legalizing same-sex partnerships. He became known equally for his incisive mind and his occasionally sharp elbows.

"The more I did, the more I realized that I could effect change," he said on a stop home between trips to Iowa, California, South Carolina and other key primary states. "I realized that you could change the world by more than one life at a time, which is what you do in medicine."
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Dean, a wrestler as a youth, has hiked the 270-mile Long Trail in Vermont's Green Mountains and canoed the state's Connecticut River. He has a listed phone number and neither smokes nor drinks — not even coffee. His wife, Dr. Judith Steinberg, dislikes politics, maintains a medical practice and vows to continue working as a doctor if her husband is elected president.


There are many other personal details in the article, from reflective (such as his response to the question of whether his brother's death influenced his choice of profession) to outright bizarre (his mastery of the rap sequence from the movie Bulworth. shudder). There is also a concise yet informative section of his political achievements and goals, which cover the spectrum in enough detail to give someone new to Dean a solid understanding of the breadth of Dean's positions. This isn't a "Dean the hyper liberal" meme-loving piece.

The article isn't a puff piece either - it does tackle Dean's fabled stubborness (and gives him a fair chance to respond). But overall it's the perfect introduction to the candidate and the personality. It's also a valuable tool for our grassroots recruitment efforts - I highly suggest taking copies of the article to the meetups to hand out.

 

ADMIN: zonkboard

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, June 02, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Fellow Deanizens - I'd like to solicit some site feedback. The DeanBlog has been slow to load for some readers and the culprit seems to be the ZonkBoard. Do you like that feature? Should we dump it and replace it with periodic (ie, regular) open threads? Is there a better Zonkboard-type accessory that anyone knows of that has faster loading times or features that we should switch to[1]?

Feel free to use the comments as an open thread about the DeanBlog in general - suggestions, comments, what you hate, etc. I will ask my fellow bloggers (The Dean Team) to help me find solutions to any issues.


[1] including non-free services - I intend to reserve the sole right to fund this website's expenses myself :)

 

Tom Tomorrow Weighs In http://www.salon.com/comics/tomo/2003/06/02/tomo/index1.html

posted by Matt Singer at Monday, June 02, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Tom Tomorrow Weighs in on the Recent DLC Flap.

Let's just say that This Modern World does not think much of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Of course, they refer to Dean as Goofus, so, who knows.

Sunday, June 01, 2003

 

Howard Dean talks to 330,000-strong California teachers union http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5992575.htm

posted by Editor at Sunday, June 01, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Gov. Dean spoke to California public school teachers on Sunday. From the AP story on the event:

"I can personally say that I am the only person running for the presidency of the United States that knows what it's like to stand up without being able to go to the bathroom for five hours," Dean said to hearty applause.

Dean, 54, longtime Vermont governor and medical doctor who signed the country's only state law legalizing same-sex partnerships, said he taught eighth-grade social studies for three months while contemplating a post-politics career change.

But that was before Dean reinvented himself as a presidential candidate.

"I disagree strongly with President Bush on virtually every policy," Dean told some 800 delegates of the 330,000-member California Teachers Association, which will endorse a candidate.

Saturday, May 31, 2003

 

Dr. No and the Yes Men http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/01/magazine/01DEAN.html?ex=1055044800&en=39b86d8905fce7ca&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

posted by Editor at Saturday, May 31, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
This article in the New York Times begins by painting Dean in a fairly positive light. He is the little known candidate who stormed upon the campaign trail.
Howard Dean is the guy who has dictated the theme of this early campaign season. Once written off as a little man from a little state, Dean has expertly framed the 2004 nomination fight as a choice between white-hot liberal rage on one side and the room-temperature promise of ''electability'' on the other. ''Democrats are furious at their own party,'' Dean says. ''They feel like the party's leaders have taken a pass.''

It does, however, seem to cast a shadow of unelectability on Gov. Dean:
The bad news for Dean's rivals, however, is that Democratic protest candidates have proved very effective at indelibly soiling whatever image the party is trying to convey at the moment. And you have to wonder if the other candidates, ensconced in Washington, have any real grasp of the grass-roots revolt that is fueling Dean's momentum. It's not surprising that the party's leaders feel like shoving Dean's stethoscope down his throat when he says they only care about sounding electable. What's harder to understand is why they seem so determined to prove him right.

I've heard this arguement and the past, and my response has generally been that Gov. Dean is not the far left liberal he is often painted as (just as the left wingers in VT who often felt frustrated). The author picks up on this theme:
If Dean ever belonged to the ''Democratic wing of the Democratic Party'' before this year, he must have kept his membership secret. During his five two-year terms as governor, Dean was proud to be known as a pragmatic New Democrat, in the Clinton mold, boasting that neither the far right nor the far left had much use for him. He signed into law a measure that legalized civil unions for gay couples, a decision that was essentially mandated by the state's Supreme Court. But he also faced opposition from the left-leaning Progressive Party in two re-election campaigns. And he forcefully upheld the rights of Vermonters to carry concealed guns wherever they went, which helped him earn an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

It writes a bit as well about the amazing take off that the governor's speach to the DNC winter meeting resulted in:
In November, Dean's campaign was getting about 50 e-mail messages a day from supporters; after Dean gave a fiery speech to the Democratic National Committee in February, which began with an indictment of the war, as many as 2,000 e-mail messages arrived in a single day. Polling data showed Dean's support shifting from white men and independents to women and younger voters. Dean raised a surprising $2.6 million in the first quarter of the year, outdoing his opponents in two of the most liberal enclaves in America: Cambridge, Mass., and Beverly Hills, Calif.

Turmoil at his Burlington headquarters reflected the leftward lurch of Dean's campaign. In April, Rick Ridder, his pragmatic campaign manager, left and was replaced by Joe Trippi, the insurgent strategist who had run Jerry Brown's 1992 campaign against Clinton.

Dean's campaign, meanwhile, has become an online juggernaut. On the Web site Meetup.com, some 24,000 Dean supporters, at last count, had scheduled monthly meetings in more than 250 American cities. ''You've heard of the silent majority?'' says Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster. ''Well, Dean represents the screaming minority.''

Overall, it's an interesting read. There's a lot more I'd post here, but I trust that many of you will read it all anyhow!

 

Support Our Troops!

posted by Ezra at Saturday, May 31, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Got this in an E-Mail today from Cris Alvarado. He's absolutely right, the campaign should pick it up and run with it. Bush's willingness to eliminate the only bit of his tax cut that aided the poor, the child tax credit, is shameful. We need to show that the needy who Bush is attacking here aren't jobless degenrates, as Rove would have us believe, but quite a few of our enlisted men and women whom Bush is so happy to use as props for photo-ops.

"Did some research after a comment on the NewsHour intrigued me, specifically:

How many servicemen, just returning from Iraq, are shut out from the tax cuts because they fall below the approx. $27,000 cutoff?

I think this would be a devastating number to calculate precisely, and then circulate in the press.  "Mr. President, not only are 11.7 million children affected but (number) service men and women as well.  Is that how little you value our enlisted men and women?", or something like that.

As with all thing military, this is not straightforward.  Please find attached a pdf of the basic pay scale (Here's the HTML version of the pay scale - Ezra).  I was somewhat shocked to see just how low it is -- for example, a newly commissioned O-1, say out of West Point or Annapolis makes something like $2200/month (below the cutoff), as does every enlisted man regardless of experience at E-5 or below (some type of sergeant).

What is not straightforward is how basic subsistence and housing allowances factor into your tax liability -- I am not an accountant, just a physician! 

But someone in the campaign might take this ball and run with it. "

Y'hear that Campaign?

 

AP: Dean attacks Kerry as a copycat http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/05/31/national1356EDT0568.DTL

posted by G at Saturday, May 31, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
From the AP account of the Lake Placid rural issues forum:
"I appreciate Sen. Kerry saying we don't need Bush Lite, and we don't," Dean told about 1,000 people attending a forum on rural issues in Lake Placid. "But, Sen. Kerry, we don't want Dean Lite, either."
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Before his speech, Dean told reporters that he had heard about fellow Democratic hopeful Kerry's speech to the forum and the warning by the senator from Massachusetts that Democrats had to stop acting like Republicans. "I heard he did a great job giving my speech," Dean said.
While Dean directed most of his criticism at Kerry, the former Vermont governor also said his other rivals from Congress too often have supported President Bush on the war with Iraq, tax cuts and other issues.

"They can talk the talk, but they aren't going to be able to walk the walk," Dean told reporters.

To the forum audience, he was as blunt: "What we need in this party is not just people who talk about backbone, but people who have it."
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Dean, who grew up on Long Island and went to medical school in New York City, stressed his work as governor of a rural state in his speech to the forum.
"People know who I am," Dean said before his speech. "I have a little advantage in the North Country (of New York), comparable to what Senator Kerry has in New Hampshire" where residents often watch Massachusetts television stations.

Dean's speech was interrupted repeatedly by applause and cheers, as was Kerry's to a somewhat lesser extent.
The Reuters story on the forum skips the attack and says only,
"[Hillary Clinton] showed the Republicans they can't take upstate New York for granted," said Dean, a doctor and former governor of neighboring Vermont.

Dean took straight aim at Bush, denouncing the administration's support for tax cuts as a panacea for all ills. Whether the economy is booming or struggling, whether there is war or peace, he said, the Bush response is the same: "Take two tax cuts and call me in the morning.".

 

Electability: Those Who Forget History... http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2002/46/we_192_01.html

posted by yoni cohen :: http://yocohoops.com at Saturday, May 31, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Are Doomed To Repeat It.

The more we in Dean Nation read - and ask our friends to read - much of the political commentary that followed the 2002 elections, the better off we'll be. Rick Perlstein had a gem in Mother Jones. John Nichols had another in The Nation. (I'd provide links to similar commentaries in major newspapers were those pieces not today in costly web-based archives).

The New York Times' Matt Bai quotes members of the Democratic Leadership Council because he and many members of the national media [wrongly, see below] credit the organization with Bill Clinton's electoral victory in November of 1992. Strangely, however, Bai and others fail to fault the DLC with the Democrats' numerous losses in November of 2002 -- "the worst midterm performance by a party outside the White House since the Republicans in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1934."

Democrats can justly criticize the DLC for lack of a backbone. Or we can go after the DLC where it hurts - and where the media will take notice: for lack of electability.

[Note: James Carville, Clinton's top campaign strategist and a liberal Democrat, steered the then-Arkansas Governor towards a focus on the economy and health care, the two issues that later won him the presidency. Historians also remind us that during Clinton's first year in office, he distanced himself from the DLC, prompting a backlash from none other than Joe Lieberman.]

Friday, May 30, 2003

 

NY Times Magazine Profile

posted by Matt Singer at Friday, May 30, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
I do recommend that everyone read it, but I want to stress that the Times is an enemy we don't need. They're probably already feeling kicked with the whole Jayson Blair thing.

Keep feedback positive - constructive criticism.

Work with them.

And, remember, the article isn't officially being published for two more days. Sit on your letters a bit.

 

The NY Times Magazine Profile http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/01/magazine/01DEAN.html?pagewanted=print&position=

posted by G at Friday, May 30, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Read it. Study it. And prepare those letters to the editor.

 

Dean Defense Forces http://www.deandefense.org/

posted by Matt Singer at Friday, May 30, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
We've got our own blog.

DeanDefense.org

We're up and running, come check it out. And if you've wanted to join, but have been unable to bring yourself to give your address to Yahoo, join now by following the instructions over at the new site.

Thanks for everything. And, please, come join us.

 

Funny if it wasn't true http://dean2004.blogspot.com/2003_05_25_onefatherfordean_archive.html

posted by Matt Singer at Friday, May 30, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
One Father for Dean has a post up (no permalinks, perhaps he's worried about being bloggered) on Neil Cavuto's dumb ass rant about sending back tax cut checks if you disagreed with the tax cut.

Here it is:

"So I'm imagining myself at my big Reunion shindig this coming weekend with largely conservative alumni -- (yes, there are a few. Quite a few, actually, despite what the college conservatives would have you believe) -- who decide to gang up on me for my support of Howard Dean’s pledge to repeal President Bush’s tax cuts when elected President in 2004.

'A blatant sop to the unions, special interests and you bleeding-heart liberals,' one said.

'Our economy (and my business) will suffer,' another railed.

When it was my turn to speak, I said simply, 'You guys look like you're doing okay. If you don't want the government, don’t take what the government gives you.'

My point would and will be this:

If you don’t want that interstate highway coming your way, don’t drive on it.

You don't want workers to have any government-funded education in their backgrounds, start hiring some others now.

You don't want more international business development dollars, or more research and development grants, or more defense contracts, give them back. Divest yourself of all stocks, bonds and mutual funds for whom government sources of revenue, tax breaks and/or incentives total more than 0.5% of gross receipts. Don’t do business with or (gasp) own small companies of a similar non-individualist character.

And certainly don’t own any healthcare company that takes Medicare or Medicaid. Or own stock in investment banks utilizing privitized Social Security funds. Or manufacture voting machines.

You think the top earners’ bank accounts and personal assets are a better place for our money, give them your own money directly and leave our federal, state and local governments out of it. Think of it as a venture capital fund – about the same returns, these days, anyway.

You think our families’ already limited government services are better used on your projects, give back the government services that secure, protect and defend those projects.

You think you have all the answers, then eschew yourself, your family and your assets of all of government subsidies, every last one: the oil, timber and minerals from public lands; the military that protects your foreign subsidiaries. And including the airwaves over which major corporations broadcast – we can share the spectrum and do just fine, thanks.

It's too late for you to lecture other people what we should do with 'our' government. Practice what you preach and return 'our' government and its littered commons.

Quite a few of you are very well off and still you say you need government. Prove it, then... or give it – all of it – back to those who do.

As for the rest of us who think we know more what to do with our government than what you want to destroy of it, may I suggest this:

Instead of a speech, write out your 2004 presidential absentee ballot or your voting intentions:

I'll even give you the address:

Dean for America
P.O. Box 1228
Burlington, Vermont 05402
www.deanforamerica.com

You think you have all the answers? Don’t expect anything from the rest of us who want to work on solutions for this great nation.

Stop using and abusing our country and its government, and then for goodness sake – be quiet."

 

The Governors Are In. http://abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/US/deangraham_030530.html

posted by Editor at Friday, May 30, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
ABC's Marc J. Ambinder put together this article comparing Gov. Howard Dean with former FL governor Sen. Bob Graham.

The article compares how they are alike as well as how they are different. Most noteworthy was the talk that pehaps Gov. Dean is thinking of Sen. Graham as a running mate...
Political observers currently put Dean in the first tier of Democratic candidates while Graham is seen at this early stage in the campaign as a second-tier candidate.

Could Dean be looking far enough into the future and thinking that Graham might make an attractive running mate? One idea, endorsed by some who have spoken with Dean, is that the candidate is angling for Graham to join his ticket.

Being governor is an important qualification for Dean. The last two Democrats elected president — Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton — were state executives. They were from the South, not the North.

So Graham could certainly help Dean's electoral calculus. Democratic candidates planning for the general election aspire to hold the states that Al Gore took in 2000. And then they need to win in at least one more big state. Graham's popularity could add Florida's 27 electoral votes and give the Democratic ticket a boost elsewhere.

Top Dean aides insist there's been no internal discussion about general election strategy.

"We're still trying to figure out how put our organization together in Iowa," said Joe Trippi, Dean's campaign manager. "We haven't given a thought to it."

Based upon many of your votes on the grassrootsfordean.com Dean's VP selection poll, it looks like the pundits aren't the only ones with such thoughts. Gen. Clark is winning, but Sen. Graham is in a strong second place.

 

Hillary for President http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/politics/nyc-hillary0530,0,4978744.story?coll=nyc-topheadlines-left

posted by Editor at Friday, May 30, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
I came across this little tid bit and thought it was interesting...

One of the current contenders for next year's Democratic nomination for president said Friday he would like to see New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton someday run for the White House herself.

"I think she would be a great candidate," former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said in a telephone interview. "I think she would be a great president."

Dean's comments came as New York's Democratic Rural Conference launched a two-day forum in Lake Placid on rural issues, planning to hear from some of the announced presidential candidates and from others, including the former first lady.

Okay, Hillary... Gov. Dean said nice things about you - now it's your turn!

 

WMUR Wants Your Opinion http://www.thewmurchannel.com/

posted by Matt Singer at Friday, May 30, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
We're gonna be on this like Atrios on Blitzer.

There's a Presidential straw poll in the lower right-hand corner of the site. Dean is up. Let's knock it out of the ballpark.

 

''... you don't get health insurance unless you sign a living will or directive.'' http://www.boston.com/dailynews/149/region/Dean_says_public_must_take_mor:.shtml

posted by G at Friday, May 30, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
In an AP article today, Dean expands on a new theme that he started to develop at the Iowa forum. Thoughts on this?
Dean, a doctor and former governor of Vermont, has proposed an $88 billion plan to provide health insurance coverage for all Americans under age 25 and expand coverage for uninsured adults.

In exchange, he wants Americans to take more responsibility for their health care.

Pharmaceutical companies, insurers and lawyers deserve some of the blame for rising health care costs, he said, but so do individuals who don't take care of themselves or don't make realistic decisions about their medical care.

''Most politicians treat voters as children: 'Elect me, and I'll solve all your problems,''' he said during a forum at which he explained his plan and answered questions from voters. ''When are we going to talk about our own responsibilities?''

''If we're going to have health insurance for everyone, you don't get health insurance unless you sign a living will or directive,'' he said.

Dean, an internist who left his medical practice in 1991, described how he used to sit down with relatives of seriously ill patients to discuss treatment options. But he said that connection between families and physicians has been lost due to the ''corporatization'' of medicine.


Thursday, May 29, 2003

 

Can Dean Win? http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/~gabriel/weblog/Can_Dean_Win.htm

posted by G at Thursday, May 29, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
The question I’ve found myself answering over and over again is “I think Dean is great, but do you really believe he can win?” I'm sure many of you have heard the same question. I suspect that most people reading this blog think the short answer is "YES!" but we could all benefit from a discussion of good longer answers to the question. My attempt at a long answer is too long to post, so I've put it here. Let's brainstorm!

UPDATE (by Aziz) : Don't miss Joe Trippi's comment !

 

Democrats: Profiles in spinelessness http://www.salon.com/opinion/huffington/2003/05/28/cowardly_dems/

posted by Editor at Thursday, May 29, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Arianna Huffington in an article on salon.com writes that the Democratic Party could rally behind the motto "Vote for us -- we kinda, sorta disagree." She writes, "The party leaders are so timid, spineless and lacking in confidence that to compare them to jellyfish would be an insult to invertebrates." Most noteworthy, I thought, in her column was when she observed:

It is precisely this kind of craven vacillation that has made possible the triumph of the fanatics in the White House. Democrats are wringing their hands over the "tactical genius" of Karl Rove, and the "brilliant political stagecraft" of his TV experts who always present the president in the best light. Such is the Democrats' fragility that the mere smoke and mirrors of posing the president in profile at Mount Rushmore, or asking the people standing behind him during a recent speech on the economy to take off their ties so they would look more like average Joes, leave them quaking in their boots.

But the Democratic National Committee's Terry McAuliffe needs to stop worrying about the GOP using footage of Bush's Top Gun landing on the Abraham Lincoln in campaign ads and start worrying about finding a presidential candidate who isn't afraid to take audacious and decisive stands on the party's core issues. If they can't compete on style, they should at least give it a shot on substance.


I think this is the argument that many of us have been making in our support for Gov. Dean all along. As the doctor himself said in response to President Bush's reckless tax cut, "What America needs now is a Democratic Party with the backbone to stand up for fiscal responsibility and against this President's recklessness with the facts, and our future." We know that Gov. Dean is the candidate most prepared to do this.

But Huffington doesn't claim that Democrats need the courage to just say anything, she calls on the party to put forward a strong, Democratic agenda:

After all, the problem isn't that Democrats are on the wrong side of the issues. It's that they are afraid to make an issue of being on the right side -- not to mention smack dab in the middle of the American mainstream.

For example, only one out of four Americans believe the latest round of tax cuts will significantly reduce their taxes, and just 29 percent think the cuts are the best way to help stimulate the economy. Yet Democrats seem congenitally incapable of challenging a president whose entire domestic agenda consists of more and more tax cuts for the wealthy.

The numbers also favor the Democrats on the foreign policy front. According to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 57 percent of Americans are opposed to investing the time and money needed to rebuild Iraq. But the Democrats sit idly by, their thumbs otherwise engaged, while the administration's Iraqi tar baby grows stickier by the day.

And on and on it goes: On the environment, Social Security, greater access to affordable healthcare, gun control and abortion, the majority of the American people are with the Democrats.


Again, it seems as if she is unknowingly a Dean supporter! Dean supporters firmly believe "The only way that we're going to beat George Bush is to say what we mean, to stand up for who we are, to lift up a Democratic agenda against the Republican agenda because if you do that, the Democratic agenda wins every time. " (Dean, California Democratic Convention)

Huffington says, "It's time for the Democrats to give up their broken play-it-safe politics and risk offending a few vocal members of a radical minority." We say, "It's time for Howard Dean."

 

More Info on the Move On Poll

posted by Mathew Gross at Thursday, May 29, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions


MoveOn.org has built a massive online grassroots community. In a letter to their members today, founder Wes Boyd wrote to the 1.4 million members of MoveOn: "With our agenda in hand, we can play an unprecedented role in the presidential campaign. But first we need to develop a common agenda. Today's straw poll is the first step."

If you are a MoveOn member, or if you know someone who is, please check your email from MoveOn and follow the link to vote for Howard Dean. (You must already be a member of MoveOn to vote. Not all MoveOn members have yet received their email today-- be patient!)

We are building the largest grassroots campaign in history, a campaign to take back the Democratic Party and to take back the White House in 2004. In order to achieve this, we must all come together for Howard Dean. It is important that supporters show their commitment to Dean by voting in the MoveOn poll. Only by reaching out to the communities that already exist-- communities like MoveOn-- will we demonstrate to the world that Howard Dean, as the Democratic nominee, will defeat George W. Bush in the general election.

Now's your chance. If you're a MoveOn member, vote for Howard Dean in the MoveOn online poll today!

 

Vote in the Moveon Poll http://www.moveon.org

posted by Zephyr Teachout at Thursday, May 29, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Moveon.org, one of the largest grassroots organizations in the country, is holding a Democratic presidential poll today. If you are a member of moveon, check your email and vote in the poll, and make sure your moveon friends know about the poll. To learn about moveon.org--or join--visit http://www.moveon.org. Lets show Moveon the strength of our own netroots and grassroots!

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

 

R is for Reckless

posted by Ezra at Wednesday, May 28, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Springboarding off of Governor Dean's statements below, I think there is a very powerful meme against the tax cuts, one that expresses what we want in a simple, practical fashion.

Any responsible adult knows that when you get a pay cut, you simply cannot spend as much. You need to conserve money for the basics, your children, health care, upkeep in your home, college funds for your kids...you simply cannot spend frivolously at their expense. That is what our President is doing. Tax Cuts are a bonus, something for good times. We cannot have them, however, when schools are closing, when health care is becoming unaffordable, when jobs are being lost and roads are deteriorating and law enforcement agencies don't have the money to protect. The President will tell you not to worry, that even in these lean times you can have both a tax cut and a perfect society. But I'm not going to lie to you. When times are tough, it doesn't matter if you're a country or an individual, you have to tighten your belt and take care of what is truly important. Politicians will tell you that we can have everything, I will tell you that until we get this economy back on its feet, we have to be fiscally responsible. The President is not doing that, I will. I'm Howard Dean, etc.

I think the responsibility versus recklessness meme is one we want to play up. Bush has a frat boy storyline waiting in the wings for him, we want to play the responsible adult thus forcing him back to frat boy-ness. Americans know (and polling data backs this up) that tax cuts don't stimulate the economy and aren't the right course of action right now. I don't think we have to make this about the "soul" of the party, I think we have to make this about balancing the checkbook and bringing the same prudent practices to the Government as we employ in our own homes. Plus, if Dean wants to come across as "more" than a politician, telling hard truths and articulating a clear, positive, but REALISTIC vision for dealing with them is the best way to do that.

 

"We are one nation, and we are all in this together." http://www.deanforamerica.com/site/PageServer

posted by Matt Singer at Wednesday, May 28, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
The main official campaign site has a new statement up from Howard Dean that is definitely worth reading and spreading around:

With the President's proposed budget and the $350 billion tax cut package he is signing today, it has become clear what this President is attempting to do, and why we must repeal the entire package of cuts both those signed today and those passed in 2001.

It is time to level with the American people. The economic plans put forth by President Bush and the Republican party are a fundamental assault on the basic American ideals that we all share -- an assault on our schools, our health care, our environment and our social security.

I will not go along with it.

The sooner we recognize that this isn't a fight over tax cuts, but a battle for our country's heart, soul and future - the sooner the American people will join our cause.

Let me be clear. The President's tax cuts are part of a radical agenda to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and our public schools through financial starvation.

In Oregon last week, the state had to close schools three weeks early because there was no money. In New Hampshire this week, the sheriffs made it clear that, because there was no money, they couldn't provide the basic law enforcement protection communities expect in this time of heightened alerts about terrorism. All across the country, hospitals and health care systems are cutting back and cities are cutting services because there is no money.

What America needs now is a Democratic Party with the backbone to stand up for fiscal responsibility and against this President's recklessness with the facts, and our future.

No Republican president has balanced the budget in 34 years and if this president succeeds, no future American president from either party will be able to do so without massive tax increases that will break the backs of the American people or without destroying Medicare, social security, our schools and even our nation's security.

My central commitment upon taking office will be to repeal these tax cuts to put our fiscal house in order, and save the very fabric that holds our American community together.

We will not be able to meet our fundamental obligations to teach our children, care for our parents, and defend our nation if we bankrupt our country.

If we fail to defeat this President and end his radical agenda, we will have lost the central ideal proclaimed from one American generation to the next throughout our history: "We are one nation, and we are all in this together."

 

Block Extreme Judges http://www.democrats.org/scotus/petition.html?s=moveon

posted by Matt Singer at Wednesday, May 28, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Some talk has occured recently of finding ways to assure the DNC that Dean supporters stand with them and that we are a united party. So far, it's been a lot of talk, with few of us figuring out concrete steps. Well, Sam Flaxman emailed me today with an idea worth trying: signing the DNC's petition opposing extremist judicial nominees.

But don't just sign it. In the comments section, tell the DNC that you are another "Dean Democrat" who stands opposed to Bush's extremist judicial nominations.

Read the Petition:

The United States Supreme Court is the backbone that upholds American values.

These cherished American values are at risk if one or more Supreme Court Justices retire this summer. Civil rights, a woman's right to choose, environmental protections, public education, workers' rights, and much more are threatened by a right-wing court.

President Bush has already built a record of nominating extremist, ultra-conservative judges to the federal bench.

I stand with and support Democratic leaders in the fight to oppose ultra-conservative nominees to the nation's highest court.

And sign it.

 

The Favorite Book http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/~gabriel/weblog/Creative_Loafing_May_21.htm

posted by G at Wednesday, May 28, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
At the risk of veering into cult-like hero worship, note the following revelation from the Creative Loafing profile

Somehow, it's not surprising that Dean cites Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion as his favorite novel.

For anyone who has ever read the book, four words probably come to mind: "Never give an inch." The patriarch in Kesey's 1964 epic scrawls this admonishment on a painting and hangs it near his newborn son's bed. It's a commandment of intransigence, a screw you, to nature, convention and history.

It's the perfect Dean book. Not that Dean would ever think this way, but it also has resonance with groups of voters large and small: Oregonians, loggers, union members, and middle-aged men who worry they've compromised their values too many times. Also, Paul Newman and Henry Fonda fans who couldn't get through the book but saw the 1971 movie.

 

Resources for the people, courtesy of San Francisco for Dean http://www.SanFranciscoForDean.com

posted by annatopia at Wednesday, May 28, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Alert reader Richard Hoefer of San Francisco for Dean has asked us to pass along some resources. Right now, SF4Dean is overhauling their site and adding lots of organising tools. They also have a really good discussion forum that you should check out.

Richard explains that over the coming weeks, SF4Dean will be adding lots of tools which people in various states can use to organise locally. Since Dean for America is doing a major push towards local organisation, we think this will become an invaluable resource. And remember that we need to hook up with our local Democratic Party in order to take it back. =)

If anyone else has organisational links, please leave them in the comments section. I know there are many supporters out there who are still at a loss when it comes to organising locally. Leave contact information for those folks as well, and thanks for the help!

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

 

...the largest grassroots campaign in American history.

posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, May 27, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
You'd think with a title like that I'd be linking to another article about Howard Dean, wouldn't ya?

But I'm not. Cause it's a line from Kerry campaign e-mail.

...to beat [the Bush campaign] and take back our democracy, we need your help in building the largest grassroots campaign in American history.

Don't worry, John. We're already there.

 

Dean Writes to FCC Chairman Michael Powell http://www.deanforamerica.com/

posted by Editor at Tuesday, May 27, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
As many of you know, the de-regulation of newspaper and television ownership across the country has been an issue of major concern as of late. Below is a copy of the letter that Gov. Dean sent to Chairman Powell of the FCC.


May 27, 2003

Chairman Michael Powell
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554

Dear Chairman Powell,

Americans cherish the freedom of the press -- and the diversity of the press that ensures they can get access to the truth and to the information they need. The Bush Administration may not appreciate that freedom and diversity, but they should not tamper with it.

On June 2nd, the Federal Communications Commission should decide against allowing a single company to own multiple television stations, radio stations, and newspapers in a single town. The Bush Administration has urged the FCC to remove regulations that protect every Americans’ right to a free press. This latest attempt by the Bush Administration to undermine the American ideals enshrined in our Constitution is wrong.

This deregulation, like so many actions pushed for by the Bush administration, would benefit a few at the expense of the rest of us. Modifying the ban in most cities on cross-ownership of television and radio stations and newspapers will have serious repercussions for every American. A similar deregulation of radio, through the 1996 Telecommunications Act, has resulted in a 30% decline of independently-owned radio stations in the United States. This decline has reduced Americans’ access to local news via radio. According to a May 27 Bloomberg story, in at least one instance local authorities were delayed in broadcasting important emergency information to the local populace because the “local” radio station was broadcast from out-of-state. Accelerating the disappearance of independent local media by further deregulating television and newspaper ownership is the wrong direction for this country.

In my travels around the country, I have discovered that this proposed deregulation is one of the foremost issues on peoples’ minds. I am asked about it everywhere—in small towns in New Hampshire, and in major cities across the nation. The American people are concerned about the future of their media, and the affect this decision will have on them. Thousands of Americans have written the FCC to oppose this rule, and members of Congress from both parties have voiced their protest and requested that you testify before them on the matter. Yet the FCC appears poised to ignore the interests of regular Americans by allowing a few massive conglomerates to gobble up our local news sources.

This proposed deregulation threatens the ideals of America—the ideals of openness, free speech, free expression and free discussion, which are the backbone of our Constitution and our democracy.

Therefore, I urge you to take the following actions:

1) Delay the June 2nd vote by the FCC.

2) Testify before Congress so that the Representatives of the American people can have the opportunity to question the representatives of the Bush Administration.

3) Allow for, and consider, additional public input. The FCC must provide sufficient opportunity for public input on a decision that affects every American.


I appreciate your consideration.


Sincerely,

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

 

let Howard Dean be Howard Dean http://www.haloscan.com/comments.php?user=azizhp&comment=200334559#4739

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, May 27, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Joe Trippi does have posting priveleges to the blog, but he seems to save his best stuff for the comments threads :)

Gov. Dean defies labels. But there is a string that runs through most everything he does, his positions and his record. He really did make sure that nearly 100% of those under 18 in his state received health care -- there are very few (liberals or conservatives) that have produced those kind of results -- including a 43% reduction in child abuse in his state and a 71% reduction in sexual abuse against children over the 10 years he was Governor. During that same period many progressives faulted Gov. Dean for his fiscal restraint -- they believed that he was not committed to spending enough on social programs when times were good economically. Gov. Dean stated then, as he states today -- that the best guarantee of social policy is to balance the budget in a strong economy -- because fewer people need help -- and it is this fiscal restraint on his part that makes it possible for Vermont to continue to help those who need these programs now -- in a down economy when people most need it.

He is for a strong defense -- and a stronger homeland security -- what he is against is a doctrine of preemptive war that turns 40 years of bi-partisan consensus on the use of US military power in the world on its head. Yes it turns out that if you agree with Ike, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and Bush 1 -- you characterized as a left wing-nut.

The sorry fact is that too many in the Democratic Party bought this line of thinking and never really challenged the doctrine let alone debated it. There is something very different about Gov. Dean from the rest of the field -- he has demonstrated that he is willing to put his political career on the line by standing up for what he believes regardless of the polls and the conventional wisdom. 65% of the people of Vermont opposed civil unions 6 months before the election. Howard Dean signed the bill -- and he won. 75% of Americans supported the war in Iraq -- Howard Dean opposed it -- and opposese the doctrine of preemption to this day. He says every day on the campaign trail that the great lie is "elect me, and I will solve all your problems" and that the unspoken truth is that the future of our country rests in your hands. As someone who has worked with him for nearly a dozen years -- he is who he is. Around here what we say is let Howard Dean be Howard Dean -- I gave up trying to define him long ago. One of the things that is disconcerting is to see how hard it is for some to "believe in" someone again. The difference in Howard Dean is he doesn't want us to believe in him -- he wants us to believe in ourselves and our power to change our country.

Joe Trippi | Homepage | 05.23.03 - 8:58 pm | #

 

video: Clinton at the University of Arkansas http://video.c-span.org:8080/ramgen/mdrive/e52303_clintonclass.rm

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, May 27, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
President Clinton recently made a guest appearance at a seminar at the University of Arkansas, focusing on the Clinton Presidency. While watching it, I found that Clinton's initial remarks were like a neon sign pointing to Dean. I urge everyone to watch it as I think Clinton raises some critical points that both we Dean supporters and the Dean campaign need to keep firmly in mind. Let's use the comments to this post as an open thread.

 President Clinton at the University of Arkansas


I will blog my own thoughts and impressions to this video later as an update (after I organize my extensive notes).

Sunday, May 25, 2003

 

Location, Location, Location http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ct--tortoiseandhares0525may25,0,6602145.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

posted by yoni cohen :: http://yocohoops.com at Sunday, May 25, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
The latest from the Associated Press has Dean as a top-tier candidate -- and nearly the favorite.

Ron Fournier, the article's author, is a well-respected reporter who has covered the White House and politics for the AP since 1993. In "With No Frontrunner, Democrats Plot Strategy For Race To Nomination," Fournier takes a look at each candidate's primary campaign. Dean's place in Fournier's candidate survey? Second, after Long Jawn Kerry. But I believe that because Dean's victory in New Hampshire will (effectively) end Kerry's campaign, we're sitting pretty. Onward-ho!

Of Note: One could argue that Fournier's hierarchy is determined not by the likelihood a given candidate will secure the nomation but by the candidates' strategies and the primary schedule. But why then are Dean and Kerry discussed before Gephardt when Iowa's primary comes sooner than New Hampshire's? No, no, my friends. Fournier has shown us his hand...

 

Meetup prediction: 100,000 by July

posted by Aziz P. at Sunday, May 25, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
The number of unique page views on the Dean Blog has passed 150,000 - averaging about 1500 visitors a day, of which 75% arrive via Google and Yahoo searches. Reflect on that for a moment - this is significant because it suggests that we are still in the early growth phase of Dean's netroots support. And the netroots support drives the grassroots support - which also shows the same trends, as seen by the history of Meetup numbers recorded on the DeanBlog over the past few months:

DateSupporters
February 2nd501
February 20th1590
February 25th2327
March 5th4297
March 30th10010
March 31st10434
April 8th13808


Today, May 25th, we have 26055 members signed up. These are just the exact reported totals - after combing through the blog archives I found these estimated reports. These numbers are less accurate, because the numbers were quoted as "almost above" or "nearly at", and the dates are just the timestamp of the post which may not reflect the date that the estimate was made.

DateSupporters
1/15432[1]
9-Feb900
28-Feb2600
10-Mar4200
11-Mar5000
25-Mar8000
28-Mar9000
30-Mar10000
2-Apr12000
8-Apr13000
13-Apr15000
4-May20000
7-May22000


These numbers are plotted below - there are two curves, representing the precise and rough estimates. It's clear from the plot that the growth has been very healthy, but it's also also clear that it's the "foot" of an exponential, ie the initial near-linear regime. A linear fit to the data gives a slope of 240 supporters a day, with a R2 of .9723. So it's clear that we still have most of our growth ahead.



The DLC and others may well argue that the growth will stay linear. I think that's a pessimistic (and agenda-driven) opinion - after all, politics is subject to the "network effect" and here we have the marriage of politics and the Internet, where the network effect was practically invented. It's impossible to try and fit a meaningful exponential to the curve at this point, but I think that we may well break 100,000 Meetup supporters within two months. Stay tuned :)

Of course, it's just rubbing salt to mention Edwards and Kerry meetup numbers. I can't resist, see the chart at below (data is much sketchier). Astonishingly, it seems that Kerry and Edwards actually lost supporters in late March/early April[2]. Also, Joe had a hysterical post on 4/7 that pokes fun at the Favorite Sons running against Dean - by comparing meetup numbers in their home towns. And note that on the Edwards Meetup page, one of items for discussion is, "Why Edwards and not Dean in 2004?" - note Kerry is conspicuously absent from Edwards supporters' agenda.



But wait! This is all just Internet foolery! the critics argue. Why do Meetup numbers really matter? Four words: The Million-Dollar Meetup Challenge. Add a penny for the Internet!

[1]Note that the january estimate is arbutrary, based on a comment by Joe Trippi that "we had 432 supporters in January". I just took the midpoint of the month.
[2]The numbers come from reports published here on the DeanBlog. There may have been an error in reporting, but it's also possible that both candidates sufferred from defections to Dean.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

 

Edwards to drop out? http://www.modbee.com/24hour/opinions/story/897224p-6249784c.html

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, May 24, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
pure speculation, but the Scripps News Service is making the claim that Edwards may drop out of the running:

So who among the nine candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination will be the first to drop out? Don't be surprised if it's Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

Edwards is telegenic, a smooth talker, and he's raised a bunch of dough. But he's been lost amid better-known candidates like Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, as well as those who have created a buzz, like former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Edwards' Senate seat is up in 2004, so he could opt to return to the upper chamber and make a White House play later.


If he drops out, will he endorse Dean or Kerry? Discuss...

 

A Prescription for Change! http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june03/dean_05-22.html

posted by yoni cohen :: http://yocohoops.com at Saturday, May 24, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Full Transcript of Dr. Dean's health care policy interview on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. A gem, including the first comparison (I've seen) between Dean and Kerry's plans (below). But what I like best about Dean in this interview is that he begins where he's strongest -- by touting his record, not his promises. With nine candidates and numerous health plans, what will distinguish Dean from the pack is what he has accomplished. The more times he reminds the American public that Rep. Gephardt and Sen. Kerry couldn't get their proposals through Congress, the better off he'll be.

RAY SUAREZ: What would you say the biggest difference is between your plan and those offered, for instance, by Senator Kerry, which emphasizes cost containment a little more, by Congressman Gephardt that emphasizes using employee based programs more?

HOWARD DEAN: Well, I like Dick and Senator Kerry and I'm pleased they've joined me in offering a health care plan. The criticism I'd have of Dick's plan is it won't pass because it costs more than the Bush tax cuts, and there's no real way to pay for that. And I don't think we can get the votes to do it. Senator Kerry's plan concerns me because although it's based on a lot of the same things that we based ours on, the insurance rates stops at 100 percent of poverty.

So there are a lot of working families that don't get covered without significant expense to themselves. We're not talking about wealthy people or even middle class people. We're talking about people who are barely above the poverty level, having to go out and get their own insurance, so I think our plan is a little bit more generous to the low income working people and moderate income working people; families that make $33,000 a year I think need that extra help, and that's present in our plan but not Senator Kerry's plan.

Friday, May 23, 2003

 

Howard Dean Raises $1M Via Internet http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/INTERNET_FUND_RAISING?SITE=IADES&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

posted by B at Friday, May 23, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Yea, Dean surpassed the $1M mark in fundraising over the internet quicker than any other candidate, including Bush. Quotes in here from Trippi and notes on the meetup phenomenon as well:



Though many of the 2004 hopefuls have the potential to raise millions over the Internet in coming months, none has highlighted their Internet campaigning to the extent Dean has. The one-time governor, like other relatively unknown candidates before him, had little choice, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. In 2000, Republican John McCain raised $1 million over the Internet in 48 hours.

"They can't afford high-priced consultants. They can't afford direct mail, which eats up sometimes 80 percent of what it raises," Sabato said. "So they have to depend on person-to-person fund raising, and that's the Internet. There's almost no overhead with Internet fund raising."



That's pretty phenomenal, and accounts for the high burnrate that you see in some of the other campaigns in their fundraising totals.

 

Defeating the Dean is mean meme http://www.sevendaysvt.com/insidetrack/

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, May 23, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Another great article by Peter Freyne in Seven Days VT, which is unabshedly pro-Dean and has a nice long piece that covers a lot of ground. Mentions some absolutely fantastic soundbites:

“The enormous tax cuts are not only undercutting Medicaid and Social Security, Mr. President. The enormous tax cuts that you have passed are actually undercutting our ability to defend ourselves.”

“Prisons are the most expensive and least effective social-service intervention.”

“This president’s foreign policy is not consistent with our values.”

If you make me the Democratic nominee, I’ll make you proud to be Democrats again!”



well, I'm not a Democrat, but he'll make me proud to vote Democratic :)

But the best part is near the end, addressing the "Dean is mean" meme. The Kerry-kingmaking Boston Globe on Sunday took a page from the DLC playbook and printed a story by Yvonne Abraham (“Dean Not Very Civil — Some in Vt. Say.”) that supposedly proved that Dean was a meanie even back in VT. But take a good look at the Globe's sources:

Deanbasher #1 was none other than our favorite UVM political science professor Garrison Nelson. “Gary, Gary, Gary” and yours truly go way back. And anybody who knows Garrison knows he despises Howard Dean. Always has and always will.

Back in the early 1980s, when Dean was a nobody and Garrison was a somebody, Dean made the mistake of not kissing Garrison’s, uh, ring. Seeking his advice. Treating him like a political guru.

“Governor Dean has been one of the least civil people around,” said Nelson to the Globe. “Howard Dean is not a Vermonter. He’s from New York. He does not have a Vermont style, and he prides himself on that. He’s less civil than previous Vermont politicans.’’

Garrison must have Ho-Ho confused with Bernie Sanders, eh?

The next Vermonter to whack Dr. Dean was Skip Vallee, millionaire gasoline merchant and Vermont’s Republican national committeeman. Gaso-line Vallee told the Globe the 2000 governor’s race between Dean and his belle of the ball Ruth Dwyer was “the nastiest election cycle we ever saw.”

Yeah, it was, Skip, but the nastiness was all coming from your side, remember? Why do you think your gal is known as Ruthless Ruth?

Deanbasher 3 was none other than Ruthless Ruth herself.

“In the Vermont tradition, it used to be people would stand for election. People knew who you were,’’ Dwyer told the Globe. “Howard was from somewhere else; he came in and had a very professional organization.’’

Ruth, by the way, came in from Ohio and New York. The Globe failed to mention that the sweet lady’s harsh, right-wing views might have played a role in her two thumping defeats.

Perhaps the honchos at the Boston Globe think nobody in Vermont reads their fiction?


They probably think that the vast "elites" who form the backbone of Dean's grassroots support don't read it either. They're wrong.

 

Dedicated to Dean http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/5930422.htm

posted by yoni cohen :: http://yocohoops.com at Friday, May 23, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Months ahead of the early primaries, we shouldn't trust polls to accurately reflect on-the-ground voter preferences -- folks are likely to change their opinion several times before Election Day. But I did notice that the latest numbers from New Hampshire (AP) suggest Dean's backers are more solid than Kerry's. If Gore were to enter the race tomorrow, the ARG poll finds Kerry would lose a full third of his support (9%) whereas Dean would lose only a few ballots (3%).

 

HowardDean.tv http://www.howarddean.tv/

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, May 23, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
First we had the netroots-powered DeanTV.org - now we have HowardDean.TV, the official video site for the campaign. Wired has a decent summary article about this new resource. Check it out!

 

Slate on Dean's "Heartland" performance http://slate.msn.com/id/2083390/

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, May 23, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
William Saletan has some feedback for Dean based on his performance at the Heartland forum in Iowa. He has some positive and some negative feedback, the most interesting of which I found to be this:

4. Responding to a question about governing a much smaller state than Texas: "Well, Texas has the 48th best education system in the country; we have the sixth. Texas has the highest percentage of children with no health insurance in America; we're No. 1. We have a balanced budget; Texas just tried to cut every single kid off health insurance … to balance their budget. I think the people of this country are going to have a great opportunity to choose between whether they want the Vermont model or the Texas model."

Dean rattled off these lines as though he's been practicing them for the general election. The Vermont half sounds pretty good, but the Texas half is a bit odd. People don't think of Bush as the governor of Texas anymore. If his election didn't give him presidential luster, Sept. 11 did. As for fiscal and financial woes, why pick on Texas—and possibly alienate parts of the Southeast and Southwest—when the whole country is in the toilet? It's the national economy, stupid.

 

TNR on the netroots phenom http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?pt=MsFThRpEfeVRNVf9ei9j2R%3D%3D

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, May 23, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Ryan Lizza in TNR has an extensive article about the use of the Internet by Dean's campaign. It rightly identifies Joe Trippi as the visionary but goes out of its way to give the grassroots self-organizing phenomenon its due as well. Congrats to fellow DeanBloggers Ezra Klein and Matthew Singer, for their mention in the piece! (I'm now officially jealous ;)

The article is comprehensive and it's clear that Mr. Lizza is actively reading this blog for his research. The article lauds the DDF and the obsessive nature of the Dean Blog - calling us Dean fedayeen for our zeal (it's a compliment. I think) An especially interesting passage is the campaign-eye view of how Meetup became significant to the campaign:

For the Dean campaign, it all started with the Meetup phenomenon. Back in January, the campaign stumbled upon the Meetup website and noticed that 432 people were signed up for a Howard Dean Meetup group. "We didn't really know what it was," says Trippi. He watched from afar as Dean's Meetup numbers grew to more than 2,600 in February. In March, Dean showed up at a Meetup event in New York City. It was so crowded that hundreds of young supporters were pouring out onto the sidewalk waiting to get in. Soon the campaign began receiving mysterious donations with an extra cent added. They learned that the Meetup community intended to raise $1 million for Dean, and the extra cent was being used to identify the donations. It became known as the Meetup Million Dollar Challenge and has raised at least $300,000 for Dean so far (close to 10 percent of what Dean had raised overall, as of April). Almost overnight, Meetup had become the Dean campaign's most important organizing tool.


In fact, Deanlandia is directly responsible for the rapid rise of Meetup as an organiztional asset to the campaign - Dean Meetup was first mentioned on the Dean Blog on January 12th, after a tip from William Finkel. We should all reflect for a moment at how far we have come, and just how much influence we really wield. This is the real reason Dean has built such a following - becauise we all sense that by our actions, however minor, we can really have a significant impact. It isn't just about Dean's personality or even his issues. It's the fact that we all feel like we have a real voice.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

 

Dean on PBS's News Hour

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, May 22, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
right now! use this as an open thread about his performance. transcripts, please?

(hat tip - Richard Hoefer, Media Committee of San Francisco for Dean)

 

$1 Million from the Net http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20030522_1128.html

posted by Matt Singer at Thursday, May 22, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Howard Dean has raised $1 Million from the Internet -- making him the first contender in the 2004 cycle to do so. But we need to double that.

Why?

Because the critics are already pooh-poohing. Larry Sabato, master academic of the old-style campaign, is already dismissing the accomplishment:

The one-time governor, like other relatively unknown candidates before him, had little choice, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. In 2000, Republican John McCain raised $1 million over the Internet in 48 hours.

"They can't afford high-priced consultants. They can't afford direct mail, which eats up sometimes 80 percent of what it raises," Sabato said. "So they have to depend on person-to-person fund raising, and that's the Internet. There's almost no overhead with Internet fund raising."

On the other hand, the Kerry campaign was smart enough to not attack this time around:

Kerry campaign manager Jim Jordan said he had no reason to doubt the Dean campaign's statements about its Internet grass-roots activity.

"We'll all see in the long run what if any difference it makes in terms of votes," Jordan said. "We're using our Web site fully for fund raising, for message dissemination, for organizing."

Regardless, if you've got a little extra money sitting in your checking account, get it into the campaign.

It doesn't matter how much we volunteer if Dean can't afford to go up on the air.

 

DEAN FOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF AND ADVISORS

posted by Editor at Thursday, May 22, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
The Dean Campaign keeps growing and growing and growing...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2003

DEAN FOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF AND ADVISORS

BURLINGTON, VT -- The Dean for America campaign today announced the addition of several key staff members and advisors.

"I am delighted that talented people of this caliber have agreed to join our campaign," said Governor Howard Dean.

"These men and women add extraordinary talent and depth to our operation and begin to round out our senior staff," said campaign manager Joe Trippi. "We will be making additional staff announcements in the near future."

The campaign’s Policy Director will be Jeremy Ben-Ami, Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1994-1996, as well as Chief of Staff to the Domestic Policy Council from 1993 to 1996. Ben-Ami served recently as Deputy Campaign Manager for Mark Green in his race for Mayor of New York and as Green’s Policy Director in the Public Advocate’s office. He has worked for two Mayors of New York on housing and homeless policy. He also founded and ran a strategic communications consulting firm in Israel.

Also joining the campaign’s staff as Senior Policy Advisor is Ronald Weich, formerly Chief Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Labor and Human Resources Committee, and later on the Senate Judiciary Committee. A former New York City prosecutor, Weich now practices law in Washington DC at the firm of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

Ben-Ami and Weich will be setting up a policy council to advise Governor Dean on policy issues that will help shape new initiatives and policy direction for the growing campaign. Helping to assemble this policy council and serving as senior advisors to the campaign will be Maria Echaveste and Christopher Edley, Jr., both senior White House officials in the Clinton administration.

Maria Echaveste was Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff in the second Clinton White House. The highest ranking Latino ever to serve in the White House, she provided both political and policy advice to the President on a wide range of economic and social issues, as well as several foreign policy and national security matters. Prior to the White House, she was Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department. Echaveste is currently an attorney and consultant in Washington DC.

Chris Edley Jr. is a Professor at Harvard Law School and founding co-Director of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard. Edley served as Senior Counsel to President Clinton and Senior Advisor for the Race Initiative. Prior to that, as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, his portfolio included five cabinet departments and over 40 independent agencies. Edley was national issues director in the 1987-88 Dukakis presidential campaign, and Assistant Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Carter.

Tricia Enright, who most recently served as Press Secretary for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and worked as Deputy Communications Director on Gore/Lieberman 2000, will become the Dean campaign’s Communications Director. She has also previously served as the Senior Advisor and Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton Administration.

Two Deputy Campaign Managers, Bob Rogan and Tom McMahon, have also joined the staff. Rogan most recently served as Vice President of Public Affairs for Central Vermont Public Service. From 1994-1998, he worked as Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Dean, and prior to that, he served in various positions for U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. Rogan also previously worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Bob Graham.

Tom McMahon worked in the Clinton Administration between 1993-1999. He served as the Deputy Director of Advance in the White House, and as a public affairs specialist at the Department of Defense. A regional field director in Missouri for Clinton/Gore 1992, McMahon was also involved with the Clinton and Gore campaigns of 1996 and 2000.

The campaign’s Finance Director is Stephanie Schriock, the former Director of Campaign Assistance at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. She has also served as the Southern regional finance director at the DSCC, and as the finance director of the South Carolina Democratic Party.



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Libertarians for Dean http://dean2004.blogspot.com/2003_05_01_thatother_archive.html#200320107

posted by Joe at Thursday, May 22, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Everybody knows somebody who calls himself a libertarian. They run rampant in the blogosphere and one, at least -- Johnny Bardine -- is voting for Howard Dean.

Johnny, a friend of mine and constant opponent on many issues, makes a very good case from the libertarian perspective for a Dean presidency in a guest post on my blog (his own blog is presently Bloggered down).

We "fringe activists" would do well to read a bit about the issues and arguments that gain Dean support outside "liberal elite" circles.

 

open thread

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, May 22, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Bring HaloScan to it's knees.

 

truthout.org interview http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/052203A.shtml

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, May 22, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
William Pitt has a cool interview with Dean on truthout.org that's well worth a read. It looks like we in Dean Nation were scooped, in a sense - the interview questions were compiled in part with suggestions from readers at Democratic Underground. I found Dean's comments on media consolidation and corporate influence to be very relevant:

PITT: For a great many people across the political spectrum, the number one issue of concern is the vast and growing power of corporations within government, and even more so within the media. It can be argued that one of the main reasons why the Bush administration continues to enjoy the approval ratings it does is because the news media has been demonstrably derelict in its duties. Where do you stand on the power of corporations in America, particularly within the media? Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how that might be dealt with?

DEAN: I do. I think, first of all, it is true that the media has a conservative bias, and is being well-funded by conservative people like Rupert Murdoch. There is no question about that. But I also believe that part of the fault belongs to the Democrats, because the Democrats don't stand up and therefore there is no other side to cover. We've got to do that. Now, some of them are doing it during election time, but it's a little late. Here's what we need to do. In politics, sometimes one single event can crystallize what the problem is. For me, when the Cumulus Corporation, which owns a lot of radio stations, kicked the Dixie Chicks off their networks – a couple hundred radio stations – I realized that media corporations have too much power. What they were doing was using a public resource, i.e. the airwaves, and removing the ability to view and represent both sides of an issue.

When you have that kind of power, you have too much power. I believe we need to re-regulate the media, go back to limiting the number of stations that can be controlled in one particular area, so we can be sure that the American people get moderate, conservative and liberal points of view.

PITT: You're talking about reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

DEAN: Yes, reinstating controls over how many outlets you can own in any particular media market. The media has clearly abused their privilege, and it is hurting our democracy. Deregulation in many areas has simply proved to be bad for America, bad for the American economy, bad for the average working person, and bad for democracy. We need to take a different view. Some deregulation is a good thing. We went too far, and now we need to cut back.

PITT: Given the fact that the Republicans control Congress, if you were to win the election in November, how will you go about getting these kinds of policies through a Republican-controlled Congress?

DEAN: I won't have to. I'll simply appoint different kinds of people to the FCC, and they'll be more pro-consumer and pro-average American than they will be pro-corporation.


Dean also addresses the Patriot Act, the Israeli-Palestine conflict, national security, 9-11, and more. He lays the blame for most of these things squarely on President Bush, though he does have a few critiques of the Democrat elites. Still, the bulk of the topics on the DeanBlog interview remain open so we still have something to look forward to :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

 

DEAN STATEMENT ON CHRISTIE WHITMAN’S DEPARTURE FROM EPA www.deanforamerica.com

posted by Editor at Wednesday, May 21, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
From the Dean Campaign...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2003

DEAN STATEMENT ON CHRISTIE WHITMAN'S DEPARTURE FROM EPA; LAST VOICE OF MODERATION GONE FROM ADMINISTRATION

Salt Lake City, UT - Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean today commented on the resignation of Christie Whitman from the Environmental Protection Agency and spoke out against the Bush Administration's disastrous environmental record.
"Administrator Whitman was one of the few voices of moderation in the Bush Administration. Unfortunately, her voice was muted by the Bush-Cheney obsession with rewarding their friends in the oil industry by rolling back decades of bipartisan progress on protecting our environment."

Upon taking office, President Bush swiftly broke his promise to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide - a major contributor to global warming. The Bush Administration has repeatedly worked to weaken clean air, clean water, and other environmental laws; slashed environmental enforcement efforts; and pushed for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other environmentally sensitive areas.

Dean stated that, "The burden is on the President to show the nation that he cares about the environment more than he cares about helping his political friends in the oil and gas industries."


UPDATE: This related interview in Grist magazine is devoted to environmental, energy, and genetics policy. Well-worth a read. Dean defends ethanol as an alternative fuel, which is a reasonable argument (though I personally am still opposed). However, I was surprised to see he endorsed CAFE standards, given that they have caused an increase in highway deaths as cars get lighter (and more unsafe).

 

winner: Maple-Powered Howard http://www.benjerry.com/our_company/contact_us/forms/suggestion_form.cfm

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, May 21, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Looks like we have a landslide winner in the "choose a B&J flavor" poll! Here's the text of the suggestion email I sent to Ben and Jerry's:

Idea Type: Flavor
Idea Name: Maple Powered Howard
Description: In honor of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, Maple-Powered Howard would have world-famous Vermont maple syrup as the prime ingredient. This flavor was chosen with 204 votes out of 606 Howard Dean grassroots supporters, voting online at the Dean Blog (dean2004.blogspot.com). The second and third place choices were Cookies and Dean (111) & The Doctor is Mint (72). We also gave "I want my Cointreau back" an honorable mention. We urge Ben and Jerry to join us in supporting Howard Dean's bid for the Presidency in 2004 and serve up a healthy dish of Vermont Pride. .

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

 

Dean hits back hard against DLC http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-dean-critics,0,7164494.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

posted by Scott at Tuesday, May 20, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
Some of Howard Dean's critics have said that his responses to the now-infamous DLC memo have been ineffective at best. Today's speech to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers should effectively mute any and all criticism on this front.

"A couple of days ago, I was in Iowa," Dean said. The DLC put out a statement that "all my supporters are elitists and I'm catering to elitist special interest groups. Last time I looked, 15 AFSCME members died at the World Trade Center, I didn't see any of the staff of the DLC at the World Trade Center."

"Who do you think makes the Democratic Party, makes this country work, we're not elitists, we are the people this party ought to be standing up for and that's what I intend to do," Dean told the International Association of Machinists and Aeronautic Workers.


Some may register discomfort with Dean's political mention of 9/11, but it was done tastefully and his point is a valid one. It's one thing for the DLC to scoff at candidates pandering to what they consider 'fringe' interests, but it's another thing altogether for the DLC to suggest that the grassroots of the Democratic Party are no longer valid or important.

 

Why We Love TAPPED http://www.prospect.org/weblog/

posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, May 20, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
TAPPED has done a wonderful job of improving the connotations surrounding their name (e.g. "The keg is tapped."). And they're keeping up the good work, with posts like this:

...the DLC is changing the subject. It wasn't attacking Dean for his tone or style on the campaign trail. It was attacking him on substance, on policy. And as such, the attacks were both hypocritical and off-base.

and this:

If Bradley was modifying Chafee, and Chafee was working off Butler, and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is now building on Bradley, doesn't that mean that Howard Dean is relying on an idea originally developed by the Heritage Foundation?

And, more importantly, how does that make him, as the Democratic Leadership Council has alleged, part of "the McGovern-Mondale wing" of the Democratic Party?
[...]
It's a pretty impressive sign of how desperate the DLC is to derail Dean that it's now accusing him of being too liberal for the party at the same moment that he's smartly co-opting and building on a plan that was developed at the Heritage Foundation, introduced as legislation on numerous occasions by moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats, and that's backed by the current president.
[...]
Al From may disagree. But it sounds pretty New Democratish to us.

and this:

ABC's The Note, er, notes that back before Howard Dean began stealing the thunder from Al From's preferred candidate (presumably the tepid Joe Lieberman), the Democratic Leadership Council was full of praise for the former Vermont governor. And indeed, the magic of Google makes you realize just how dishonest the DLC's recent hamfisted attack on Dean was.

That's good, All-American fun. Now, the only question is, when does the DLC go after the Prospect for being divisive? It's not like they've ever liked eachother much from what I can tell.

 

What Chris Matthews and the DLC Misunderstand

posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, May 20, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
A lot of people are thinking that Kerry is the only candidate who can trump Bush on issues of national security, both in terms of actual and perceived ability to do so.

In my mind, this is truly flawed. I truly still do not understand Kerry's stance on Iraq. From what I can tell, invasion in October was OK, but invasion in March (when America's image was on the line) wasn't. That's a bad actual national security policy.

Now, as for Dean being unelectable because of perceived weakness on national security, the argument that Matthews, the DLC, Wolfman Blitzer, and others keep making is that people in 2004 will think Dean made the wrong call on Iraq, a fundamental national security issue. They think this will be people's opinion since polls showed people supported the war in Iraq.

But they're missing some fundamental truths behind those polls. First, poll numbers for wars always go up, as it is largely a way of showing support for troops. Second, a stance on the first Iraq war never really became a large 1992 issue. Third, there is no evidence that Americans equated the War on Iraq and national security and good evidence exists to the contrary. Fourth, polls only measure beliefs, not strength of beliefs, or importance of them.

The only two points that really need to be explicated, I think are numbers three and four. Early polls on the war showed a very divided nation on the question of war with Iraq. As the war continued and people learned of the atrocities of Saddam Hussein, support went up, as always does when the government exploits human rights abuses to justify a decision to go to war (as will always be done, since virtually all countries that threaten us have horrible human rights abuses, but rarely are said abuses our justification for war). Remember, this is a war that the President had to tour the country defending, despite the fact that there were only two Senators really speaking out against it - Byrd and Wellstone. So, now, post-war very little evidence exists that Saddam was a security threat. So, most Americans may still believe that the war was a good idea, but they probably do not connect it to national security. This may be difficult for Washington pundits to understand. Ya know, the world isn't always black and white. Psychology matters in politics.

As for point number four, I think many people in Washington might be amazed at how little the War in Iraq will matter to most voters, precisely because they do not associate it with defense. Ezra is correct that national security will matter and you won't catch me saying otherwise. But the war won't. Why? Well, as anyone who has read me for a while knows, I think the war was not necessary, but not necessarily a bad idea. By the end, I was in favor, as we had gotten ourselves into a position where we couldn't back out. But I don't think Dean's stance is ridiculous. I know other who were also pro-war who support Dean. And I know other people who nominally support the war, but say to me they never really understood why we went in. That's the prevailing mood. "We did it. We kicked ass. And we had a good result. But I never really cared."

Now, 25% of the country cared. 10% were liberals who fought it tooth and nail. 15% were conservatives who would have been happy to see Baghdad (and Paris) nuked. But I don't think most Americans will see it as a defining issue.

Now, I could be wrong. I've been wrong before. But so has Chris Matthews. So has the DLC.

Regardless, I think it's clear that this nation will elect, twice, a man who is disliked by Chris Matthews, who amazes other members of the media, and is capable at building center-left coalitions. I think it's clear that this nation will elect a man who has a falling out with the same DLC that used to support him and even advise him.

Why?

Because we elected Clinton twice. And we're gonna elect Dean.

 

transcript: AFSCME debate http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/~gabriel/weblog/AFSCME_debate.htm

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, May 20, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions

Gabriel has posted the full transcript of the AFSCME debate.

 

Dean TV http://www.deantv.org/tv.htm

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, May 20, 2003 permalink 0 comments View blog reactions
We have a new video Dean resource, called Dean TV. Here's an introduction by Heath Eiden:

DeanTV.org is an independent site for independent thinking people. It's a resource for those who are sitting on the fence waiting for a leader to emerge from a list of candidates; a leader who is not afraid to take the road less travelled and show up to the debate Bush is having with himself.

Vermont has a special place in history when it comes to independent thinkers, including Democrats, Republicans and Independents. As DeanTV.org offers evidence and research about Vermont's independent tradition, the site asks the community to consider whether or not Dr. Dean is leading in the same spirit as those before him.

Please be patient as the site is still in its early stages and may be harder for some to access than others as we go through a trial and error process. But for independent thinking people wondering who Dr. Dean is and whether or not he's for real: tune in to DeanTV.org.

Thanks
Heath Eiden, Publisher
DeanTV.org


This is a great site to point potential Dean supporters towards to seal the deal. Check it out!

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