Monday, June 13, 2005


Go Get 'Em, Howard!

No wonder why the Republicans are sending out their big gun, Ticky Dick, to go after him on FOX. Howard Dean's put the wind up them big-time. Check this out, courtesy of DailyKos:

As a fund-raiser--the first duty of a party chairman and Dean's claim to fame in '04--he isn't quite the disaster some critics suggest. Early in the last "cycle," in 2001, the Republican National Committee outraised the DNC by a 3-1 margin. So far this year, that ratio has been cut to 2-1. More important is the way it was raised. In the past the party relied on "soft money" from millionaires. But such donations are now illegal. Officials estimate that $12 million of the $14 million the Dean regime has collected so far this year has come from those who gave less than $250. "For people who really look hard at the numbers, he's wowing people," says Elaine Kamarck, a respected DNC member.
By the way, these fundraising totals don't include the amounts that he's helping the state Democratic organizations raise. So the amounts are likely to be even more impressive. Of course, it's easier to get small donors like your average American when you have a DNC Chair who will stand for this and for values and ethics. Check this out: >"The chairman of the Republican Party has made a big deal out of attracting African-American voters. This is a litmus test. If you don't support the extention of the Voting Rights Act, you don't have the right to walk into a black church and show your face," Dean said. Talk about your jabs to the gut! And as for Cheney's FOX comments about him, Dr. Dean had this to say:
"My view is FOX News is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and I don't comment on FOX News," Dean said.
I. Love. This. Man.

I became familiar with Dean while he was still an obscure Vermont governor, because when we lived in upstate NY we saw him on the local news all the time.

Maybe you saw this a while back.

Sorry, linkee no workee. It was Corn's 2003 interview with Dean in The Nation. Nothing you didn't already know about the guy anyways.
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