Skip to comments.THE DEAN DOSSIER (research information on DNC Chair Howard Dean posted here)
Posted on 02/15/2005 3:31:21 AM PST by Liz
This thread is being mounted for the purpose of compiling a dossier on Howard Dean, newly-crowned chair of the Democratic National Committee.
The thread will hopefully serve as a research point for conservatives needing background on Dean and the Dims political activties.
We intend to expose and refute any attempts by Dean to finesse or mispreresent his or the Democrat party's positions on issues near and dear to conservatives.
A recent Gallup poll said that while 70% of the DNC think the DNC needs an overhaul to change the way they are doing things (to try and emulate Republicans' successful grassroots approach) but only 7% thought the DNC should change their positions on issues.
Even more chilling for Dims, is that 2004 Election polls indicate 34% called themselves conservative, 21% liberal
BACKGROUND: Over the weekend, newly-crowned DNC chair Howard Dean declared "I hate Republicans." Dean then preceeded to demean Christian conservatives.
At the televised DNC "meeting" a so-called "reverend" gave a "benediction." The Democrat "reverend" quoted scripture from Jeremiah, inserting "Republicans" whenever the text refered to "evil people"--and she exhorted Howard Dean to be strong and take them on.
Howard Dean nodded happily and gracefully accepted this so-called benediction. Dean then proclaimed Republicans lack moral values. "How can Republicans get to talk about moral values when they don't have any?" Dean asked condescendingly. "I don't want to hear any lectures about Christian values from the Republican Party they are the Pharisees and the Sadducees," Dean said referring to religious sects condemned by Jesus, who Christ referred to as a "brood of vipers."
Clearly, loser Dumbocrats--out in the cold with a dwindling voter base---will need this "brood of vipers"---Republicans of faith----to win anything. Now the Dims are sending out mixed signals; Hillary slithers slowly to the right, while Chairman Howie declares war on Christians.
They can't have it both ways.
Howard oughta study up on American history, and heed the words of distinguished early Americans:
"Christianity is part of the Common, or Natural Law. Therefore it is Christianity that is the basis of our government. Religion of any other type is not synonymous with the American experience of Liberty!" Justice James Wilson signer of the Declaration, the Constitution, Original Justice on the U. S. Supreme Court, and the father of the first organized legal training in America.
"It is the duty as well as the privilege and interest for our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians to be their representatives, as this is a Christian republic." Justice John Jay Supreme Court Justice
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was not founded by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum prosperity, and freedom of worship here." Patrick Henry
Howard Dean: The Most Pro-Abortion Presidential Candidate?
lifenews.com | August 13, 2003 | by Steven Ertelt
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of LifeNews.com profiles on the Democratic presidential candidates.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Democratic candidates for president are playing a game of one-upmanship in their attempt to gain support form abortion advocacy groups. But former Vermont Governor Howard Dead has a claim to fame none of the others can match: he's worked at Planned Parenthood.
The physician-turned-politician did a stint at Planned Parenthood while working to become an internist, Mary Hahn Beerworth, director of Vermont Right to Life, tells LifeNews.com. However, the rotation wasn't required by his medical student program.
"While he has said that he fully understands the procedures involved in an abortion, he also says he has never performed one - which leads to the question, why not," Beerworth asked.
What is known, however, is that he also served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for five years before becoming governor.
As governor, Dean towed the party line on parental notification and opposed letting parents know about their minor daughters having an abortion so they could help them make a better choice.
However, in an embarrassing moment for Dean earlier this year, he was caught exaggerating one story in an attempt to talk down the need for notification. During his speech to the annual NARAL dinner this January, Dean related a story about his days as a doctor:
As many of you know I'm a doctor. I'm an internist, and I take care of all ages one time a young lady came into my office who was 12 years old and she thought she might be pregnant. And we did the tests and did the exam and she was pregnant. She didn't know what to do. And after I had talked to her for a while I came to the conclusion that the likely father of her child was her own father. You explain that to the American people who think that parental notification is a good idea.
Dean's problem? The story is false.
In an appearance on MSNBC's "Meet the Press" on June 22nd, host Tim Russert confronted Dean with the falsehood.
Russert: There's this article in USA Today: Dean told a powerful story but left out a key fact. What Dean didn't say was that he knew the father was not responsible, someone else was convicted. That's a pretty big omission. Dean: I don't think it's -- omission. A pretty big omission, you mean? Russert: Yeah. Thats a pretty -- to say that... Dean: I dont think it is at all. Russert: To suggest her father may have been... Dean: I thought it was. At the time, I thought it was. Russert: But when you told that story, you knew otherwise. Dean: Thats right. Russert: Why didnt you say that? Dean: Because it didnt make any difference.
Joanne Ciulla, a leadership and ethics professor at the University of Richmond, says Dean gave "the appearance of lying because he didn't reveal all the information."
Pro-life groups say Dean's focus in the situation should have been less on getting an abortion for the girl without her parents knowledge and more on reporting the potential incest to police so it could be investigated.
In fact, Dean not only apparently failed to report the incident to authorities, he admitted in a February 2001 interview, he didn't know the law required such a report.
Dean received his medical license in 1979 and, in 1982, a Vermont state law went into effect requiring mandatory reporting of child abuse.
In the interview on the "Mark Johnson Show" on WDEV in Burlington, Vermont, Dean was asked why he didn't report the incident to authorities.
"I don't know. I mean I don't know if I do or not those laws were passed long after I left medical practice as far as I know ..I am not even sure if doctors are covered for those kinds of instances," Dean said. "Well, maybe I did, maybe I broke the law, I don't have any idea."
Yet, in a, Dean told Tim Russert in the same June 2003 interview, "Of course we reported the whole situation."
Meanwhile, Dean was such a strong advocate for abortion as Vermont's governor that he proposed making abortions cheap and readily available.
"As Governor, Dean's universal health care proposal included $5.00 abortions for everybody," Beerworth said.
During his tenure, the state of Vermont allowed partial-birth abortions to be performed and even allowed non-doctors to do abortions.
Vermont law was so permissive on abortion that it propelled the state to the top of the list for abortion rates. According to CDC statistics, Vermont had one of the highest abortion rates in the nation. In 1992, during the second year of Dean's term, it had 359 abortions for every 1000 live births.
The evidence seemingly makes it clear that Howard Dean is perhaps the most pro-abortion candidate running for president in 2004.
"Howard Dean is pro-abortion, has always been a pro-abortion activist and he takes the extreme position that there is not an unborn child, at any stage of pregnancy, that merits legal protection," Beerworth concluded.
USA Today on Howard Dean's Story -- http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-03-13-dean-usat_x.htm
Transcript of Interview With Tim Russert - http://www.msnbc.com/news/912159.asp
Mark Johnson Show Interview - http://www.LifeNews.com/nat77b.html
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Perfect! Pinging a couple folks to this!
It was unconscionable that, at the same time Dean was demeaning conservatives, GOP Chairman Mehlman contacted Dean to congratulate him and then put out a statement describing Dean as "a strong leader for his party."
Mehlman went quite a bit over and above what was expected of him, don't you think?
Much more to the point was GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway who said, "I was worried that a year's worth of stunning defeats had humbled him. Glad to know he's no less delusional and bitter."
Mehlman shoulda said "Dean's a strong leader....but we conservative are even stronger."
Mehlman is just gloating.....
Cindy, the Dean Dossier is up.
Got any goodies on Howie?
Got any pics of Mehlman gloating? (chuckle)
The Dean Dossier is up and running. Post here any items you might come across on Dean's past or present activities.
Ken is way too classy to gloat in public..However, there are many pics of Ken pinching himself every morning, as he arrive in his office, to make sure he's NOT dreaming..
After he left the Gov. office he "sealed" thousands of his "records" for a long time. Many more records and for a longer period than previous Govs.
Judicial Watch made a stink and got the VT Atty Gen to agree to release many of the records....but....he was going to charge them $187,000!
Also...I'm pretty sure there is an article in the Burlington (VT) Free Press some time back that said he was not going to pay his staff after his campaign closed but was going to use the remaining funds for his "Democracy......" thing.
Gannett doesn't allow use of its stories on FR.
This needs your considerable research skills!
Nice contriubution to the thread. I know Gannett can't be posted, but this material must be elsewhere.
I'm pinging Cindy---one of FR's best researchers. If Cindy can't find it, nobody can.
Marking for later.
Lawsuit Filed to Find Out What Dean is Hiding
By Charles Mahaleris
December 9, 2003
MONTPELIER, VT (Talon News) -- Democrat front-runner Howard Dean is keeping his papers close to the vest and is not commenting about their contents following the announcement last week that he is being sued for not complying with Vermont's public access laws.
Over the weekend, Dean released a short statement on the lawsuit.
"Last week, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit that presented this question to the court. A judge will now decide which documents should be released. This removes the issue from the context of a political campaign and puts it in the hands of an unimpeachable third party which is where it belongs," Dean said while campaigning in South Carolina on Sunday.
The controversy has been building as the former Vermont governor has steadfastly refused to release documents from his time in office that he ordered sealed.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced last week that it had filed a lawsuit in Vermont to gain access to hundreds of thousands of documents concerning Dean's administration. The lawsuit also names the State of Vermont, the Vermont Secretary of State, and Vermont's State Archivist as defendants.
Judicial Watch had sought and was repeatedly denied access to Dean's records from his tenure as governor.
"It is unlawful for Governor Dean to deny the public access to his gubernatorial records because of 'future political considerations.' We hope the Vermont courts will agree that it is in the public interest that Dean and the State of Vermont immediately unseal these important records," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
If the lawsuit filed in state court is unsuccessful, Dean will have prevented the public from viewing these documents for ten years. He had originally sought to block their release for over 20 years.
Judicial Watch was not the only group that wanted to see these records opened to the public. Dean rival Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) had also called for Dean to come clean.
Lieberman said last week, "Howard Dean likes to present himself as a straight talker. But he took an extra long walk from straight talk when he sealed his records as governor and recalled his letters from state agencies just to avoid potential political embarrassment."
Dean told Good Morning America reporter Charles Gibson on December 1 that his sealing of his records in Vermont was "routine."
During that interview Dean said, "You don't actually get to seal the majority of records, just those sensitive parts that apply to other people."
He went on to claim that President George W. Bush had not only sealed parts of his record of service as Governor of Texas but had sent them to the presidential library of his father George H. W. Bush where they will be unavailable for the public for fifty years.
Dean continued, "So what I have said is, every governor does seal their records; I'll unseal mine if he'll unseal all of his."
Democrat Lieberman rose to defend Republican Bush.
"Governor Dean said today he'd release his records when George W. Bush released his. Well, it turns out that George W. Bush's records from Texas are in fact available to the public. So I hope Governor Dean will honor his word and unseal his words and letters and the rest of his records as Governor of Vermont."
Judicial Watch began urging Dean to release the documents back in September.
"[Howard] Dean's acting like he has something to hide. It's time for Dr. Dean to come clean and release his papers," said Fitton when his non-partisan organization originally asked Dean to release his papers.
The suit alleges that Dean has sealed the papers under "executive privilege."
For Immediate Release
Dec 3, 2003 Contact: Press Office
JUDICIAL WATCH SUES HOWARD DEAN OVER SECRET RECORDS
ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS LAWSUIT FILED IN VERMONT STATE COURT
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a lawsuit in Vermont to gain access to hundreds of thousands of documents concerning the administration of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. In addition to Dean, the lawsuit names the State of Vermont, the Vermont Secretary of State, and Vermonts State Archivist as defendants. Judicial Watch had sought and was repeatedly denied access to Governor Deans records from his tenure as governor. Governor Dean has cited his presidential run as the basis for denying the public access to these government records, reportedly telling Vermont Public Radio, Well, there are future political considerations. We didnt want anything embarrassing appearing in the papers at a critical time in any future endeavor. Judicial Watch uncovered, through a public records request, that, in negotiating the agreement to seal the records, lawyers for Dean and Vermont state officials repeatedly discussed Deans presidential campaign as a basis for keeping the records secret.
In its lawsuit, filed this afternoon in Vermont state court in Montpelier, Judicial Watch asks the state court to provide it, the media, and the public access to upwards of 400,000 records being withheld from public scrutiny pursuant to an unprecedented agreement between Dean and the State of Vermont. The records in dispute would otherwise not be made public for 10 years. Dean had initially sought to keep these records sealed for 24 years. Vermont law provides for expedited court consideration of this lawsuit.
It is unlawful for Governor Dean to deny the public access to his gubernatorial records because of future political considerations. We hope the Vermont courts will agree that it is in the public interest that Dean and the State of Vermont immediately unseal these important records, stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
We really need to see the original tract in which Dean----a strong advocate for abortion as Vermont's governor----proposed making abortions cheap and readily available.
----Dean's universal health care proposal apparently included providing $5.00 abortions for everybody.
Why dems are so irreversably
dumb is they don't get that you can't go around
dissing a part of society you need to elected.
Most people call themselves Christians, whether
or not they truly are doesn't matter, Dean just
blantantly insinuates he HATES them...
Stupid, but that's nothing new with this bunch...
The majority of Vermonter's did not want CU!
bookmarked for future use...
While speaking to the AFL/CIO, Dean stated that he had "NEVER" supported upping the retirement age to 70. The next day, Dean issued a retraction stating that he had "MISSTATED".
Hammas terrorists are "soldiers in a war".
Claims that he never said Saddam was a threat. Except for on "Face the Nation" in September 2002.
Would have to "consult with his lawyers" on what to do if Osama Bin Laden was captured.
"Had the United Nations GIVEN US PERMISSION and asked us to be part of a multinational force, I WOULD NOT HAVE HESITATED TO GO INTO IRAQ."
"We will not always have the strongest military."
Dean alleged Vice President Dick Cheney committed wrongdoing for having closed discussions with major energy companies, including Enron. Governor Dean had the same types of closed discussions with energy suppliers, including Enron, BEFORE Cheney's meetings.
Conservative pro-life Christian voters made monumental contributions to GWB's 2004 vote totals. Pres Bush won with 63 Million Votes (13 million more than 2000).
The map, though impressive, conveys the misleading impression that blue state Catholics voted for Kerry (a CINO).
According to EWTN "The World Over Live" analysts, with the exception of VA, where Catholics spit 70/30 in favor of Bush, the majority of Catholic voters split 55/45 for Bush.....a whopping number of votes since Catholics number about 52 million Americans.
According to CNN exit polls, Bush voters included 38% of union members, 40% of those with union members in their households, 42% of those earning $15,000-$30,000, 44% of those who earn under $50,000 and 44% of Latinos, 45% of youth (aged 18-29), 13% of liberalseven 11% of Democrats voted for Bush.
If you look closely, the map appears to place the insignificant "Other Voters" in the ocean.....that's accurate, because "Other Voters--RINO Republicans" were on cruise ships.
(MAP UPDATE Bush won Ohio, Iowa and New Mexico later.)
Worth repeating. We need to get news articles posted on the subject here.
I've bookmarked this thread. Thanks, Liz.
I've lived in VT 30 years and never heard of Talon....just asked them how I can help.
I'm currently looking for back issue articles on the CU debate.
Do you have any other sources? Thanks!
Ken Mehlman was just lonely. You would think that once the DNC elected Howard Dean as Chairman, they would want to get him face time on the TV news/talk programs immediately. The Sunday talkies would have been just the perfect platform for a Howard Dean grand entrance. But....no Howard Dean in sight!!! I guess the DNC wants to keep Dean in the closet for a bit. I also suspect they are mucho nervous about letting Dean, "The Scream" loose on Fox News where he will be properly grilled. If you take note, Mr. Dean, here to date, has always hidden in the safe house shadows of Democrat Party Forums. His TV excursions have been limited to sessions with his "softball question" boys like Chris Matthews and Tim Russert. Now Dean will be facing Ken Mehlman and other Pubbies on a regular basis. His softball days are over. Wonder when he will join Mehlman in the fray? Mr. Dean, O'Reilly, Hannity, Hume, and FNC await you with waiting and open arms!!!
Other than your succinct summation, damned if I know.
Thanks Jim...... indeed fortunate to have VT FReepers onboard.
Unfortunately, Gannett won't let us quote most of their papaers.
CHAIRMAN DEAN ANNOUNCES (ahem) "TRANSITION TEAM"
Tina Flournoy Head of Transition
Tina Flournoy has been actively involved in Democratic Party politics for nearly 20 years. She is Assistant to the President of the American Federation of Teachers, focusing on public policy. Flournoy was the finance director for the Gore for President Campaign, political director for Vice Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, and deputy campaign manager for the 1996 Clinton/Gore re-election campaign. She was counsel to the DNC and general counsel for the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Flournoy has also served as staff director and co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, and now serves as a member of the Committee. She has been a DNC member since 1996.
Born in Mexico City, Gallardo-Rooker became an American citizen in 1990. As a member of the Communications Workers of America, Local #9400, Gallardo-Rooker first became involved in the labor movement, devoting her life fighting for the rights of workers everywhere. She was elected First Vice-Chair for the California Democratic Party in 2001, and is currently a DNC member.
Jeffers served as the Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party from 1997 through 2003. During his tenure as Chair, Louisiana re-elected both of their Democratic U.S. senators and replaced a Republican governor with current Democratic Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Jeffers is a former member of the DNC and has served as Chair of the DNC Southern Caucus.
A political veteran, in 1988 Johnson served as deputy campaign manager for both Rev. Jesse Jacksons Presidential campaign and later Michael Dukakis. From 1987 to 1992, Johnson served as executive director of the Rainbow PUSH coalition, while also working on Douglas Wilders successful election as Virginias first African American governor. Johnson most recently served as senior advisor to Virginia Governor Mark Warner and today runs his own political consulting firm.
Keefe served as a senior advisor to the DNC during the 2004 election cycle and was responsible for the largest surrogate program in the history of the DNC. Keefe has previously worked with Dean as a senior advisor during his 2004 presidential campaign. From 1993-2000, Keefe served as press secretary and chief of staff to United States Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-C).
Prior to his appointment at the DNC as the new finance director, Lewis served as Finance Director for Deans grassroots organization, Democracy for America, after working in the fundraising department at Dean for America. A member of the finance team for Chris Van Hollen's successful 2002 congressional campaign, Lewis was a fundraiser for Democratic Leader Representative Richard Gephardt from 1992 to 1999.
Steve McMahon is a media consultant and strategic advisor to Democratic candidates for federal and statewide office and is a founding partner of McMahon, Squier, & Associates. McMahon worked as a political strategist and media consultant and has worked on Presidential, Senate, Gubernatorial and Mayoral campaigns across the country, and was a principle strategist for Deans 2004 presidential campaign as well as his race for DNC Chair.
Tom McMahon has worked in Democratic politics and government for almost 15 years and most recently served as executive director for Democracy for America. Prior to joining Democracy for America, he served as a deputy campaign manager for Gov. Howard Dean's presidential campaign. President Bill Clinton appointed McMahon as the White House liaison at the United States Information Agency and as a public affairs officer at the Department of Defense.
A former partner at the media firm Squier, Knapp, Ochs, who managed Deans campaign for DNC Chair, Ochs currently works with Steve McMahon and Mark Squier at McMahon, Squier & Associates. He has worked at every level of political campaigns - from advance to campaign manager and has consulted on various campaigns, including those of Senators Bob Graham and Evan Bayh and Governor Ann Richards. In 2000, Ochs served as senior advisor to DNC Chair Joe Andrew and consultant to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. He has also served as political director for the New Democrat Network.
A native of California, Pasquil most recently served on the senior staff for the Kerry Edwards presidential campaign as director of community outreach. A longtime leader in the Asian Pacific Islander American community, Pasquil previously served as political director for Governor Gray Davis, California political director for Gore/Lieberman 2000, deputy CEO for the 2000 Democratic National Convention, western political director in the Clinton White House, western political desk and director of Asian Pacific affairs at the DNC. She is a current DNC member.
Reiley serves as director of Virginia Governor Mark Warner's political action committee, One Virginia, and is current chair of the DNCs Womens Caucus. She has also worked as a grassroots activist as a part of several social justice movements, including civil rights, rights for migrant farm workers, and voting registration initiatives. Reiley has served as a member of the DNC and the Women's Caucus for the past 11 years.
New DNC Head Dean Hopes to Rebuild Party
news.yahoo.com (AP) | 12 February 2005 | WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - New national Democratic Chairman Howard
Dean promised Saturday to rebuild the party in the most conservative regions of the country, help develop state and local organizations and let congressional Democrats set the tone on policy. Electing Dean on a voice vote during their winter meeting, Democrats put the party's leadership in the hands of the skilled fund-raiser and organizer whose sometimes caustic, blunt comments can lead to controversy.
The physician now must contend with a state-by-state political map in which Republican red overwhelms Democratic blue. "I'll pretty much be living in red states in the South and West for quite a while," Dean told reporters. "The way to get people not to be skeptical about you is to show up and say what you think."
The normally outspoken Dean appeared to be trying to shift his role from flamboyant presidential candidate to cautious party chairman. "The proper place for the day-to-day battles is Congress," Dean said in response to a question about his opposition to the war in Iraq. "My views are well known, but most of the policy pronouncements will be coming from the leaders in Congress and not from me."
Dean has plenty of other chores to keep him busy. President Bush just won his second term. Republicans are firmly in control of the House and the Senate. And the GOP is gaining strength in conservative states in the South and West. The former Vermont governor promised to learn how Democrats can communicate positions more effectively. Dean says that no one is "pro-abortion," but "we are the party in favor of allowing women to make up their
own minds about their health care." And Democrats are not for "gay marriage," but "we are the party that has always believed in equal rights under the law for all people," he says.
Dean is determined to seize the moral high ground from Republicans, arguing Democratic positions on helping the poor and protecting children are consistent with religious values. The new chairman sounded like a man in a hurry: "Republicans wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before regaining Congress.... The American people cannot afford to wait 40 years for us to regain control in Washington and put the government back to work for Americans."
Dean has been criticizing Republicans all week and has promised to stay on the offensive, but GOP Chairman Ken Mehlman contacted Dean to congratulate him and then put out a statement describing Dean as "a strong leader for his party." The kid-glove treatment is unlikely to last.
Reminded Saturday that former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich had said Dean would be the perfect leader for Democrats if they have a "death wish," Dean smiled broadly and said: "I'm looking forward to the
opportunity to prove Newt wrong."
On Saturday, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts gave the DNC another $225,000, donated by Kerry supporters, for grass-roots development. The 2004 presidential nominee gave $1 million last week.
As Dean takes on his new DNC duties, his brother Jim takes over the former governor's political action committee Democracy for America. Howard Dean replaces outgoing party chief Terry McAuliffe, who raised more money than Republicans in the last election cycle, developed a sophisticated voter file and e-mail list, and left the party in the black after the presidential election.
Democrats generally sounded an optimistic tone about Dean, hoping for the best from their new chairman who is attempting to show more restraint. When Dean was asked about anonymous criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, he quickly brushed it aside, saying, "I'm not going to respond to blind quotes."
My birthday was friday. I received a beaver skin possible bag for my Kentucky rifle, a new cedar flute, and Dean as the new DNC chairman. What a b-day!!
Thanks Liz for these postings.
Howard Dean and his party by promoting, legalizing and funding the abortion industry is the cause of our defunct social security safety net.
We have aborted the same number of American children as the present number of social security recipients.
I don't have a thing on Mr. Dean, Liz.
OPINION: I believe Mr. Dean is his own worst enemy and he's quite verbose...so it won't be long until he trips himself up again, again, again...
The beaver skin and the flute are gonna last a heck of a lot longer than Howie Dean, for sure.
Deans's shelf life is already expiring.
True, very true. That's why The Dean Dossier will prove to be very helpful in the days ahead.
Posted on 02/15/2005 9:51:07 AM PST by NYer
Dean: Avoid Using Term Pro-Choice to Attract Potential Conservative Voters
WASHINGTON, February 14, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) The new chairman of the US Democratic Party, Howard Dean, cautioned his party members to avoid using the term pro-choice when referring to themselves, in order not to alienate potential conservative voters.
Dean, making the comments Thursday at the Democratic National Committee meeting, said, I don't think we should use pro-choice, because it brands Democrats as too pro-abortion, according to a New York Post report. Republicans ridiculed Dean, saying Democrats wouldnt fool anyone as long as they keep voting against bills like the partial-birth abortion ban and parental notification for a childs abortion.
Dean also said he would be spending a disproportionate amount of time in Republican red states, trying to win support for the Democrats. I'm going to spend a disproportionate part of my time in red states, because I think that's where we really need attention, he said.
That's great. We won't have to worry about firing up the Republican base if he comes to red states, said Republican pollster John McLaughlin. They'll be turning out to vote against whoever Dean supports. Dean was installed as the new Democratic Party chairman Friday.
Will Dean Scream Awaken the Democratic Party?
GOPUSA | 2-15-05 | Kevin Fobbs
In a scream that was heard around the nation in 2004 the voice behind the scream has re-emerged on top of the heap of the Democratic Party and he and his famous voice will be directing the party into the mid-term elections and Presidential Race of 2008.
Was his election or elevation from political purgatory a well engineered feat that was neatly packaged as a political gift for the GOP? Will Deans ability to talk his way into political drama and escalating miscues be the right stuff for the Democratic Party at the expense of Republican operatives around the nation? Personally I dont think the Democratic Big Blue Scream Machine is going to topple any political mountains anytime soon.
Im sure youve heard what His Highness Sir Screamer has remarked of his hatred for us conservative Republicans. Now is that any way for a serious leader of any political party to function? I mean take a look at the former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe. He was certainly as partisan as any head of the Democratic Party has been and then some. Yet, amidst his painfully dulling comments about What the President didnt do, what our leadership in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate were doing, and then what us conservatives were saying in our effort to reclaim America for its true Judeo-Christian values he never stated he hated us.
But Dean does... and he does harbor a certain adversion to conservatives which he hopes he can turn into a sure fire party builder to end the ten-year slide of the national Democratic Party. He sincerely believes that all of this negative energy can somehow be channeled to re-capture red states, strengthen blue states and broaden the base of the party, while moving steadily to the left of center.
It sounds like an impossibility. When you consider the centrist leaders like Senator Feinstein, Senator Lieberman, former Senator Zell Miller Dr. Dean believes his Party should breath the rarified air that Senator Ted Kennedy breathes, and as inviting as that all may seem to some liberals who believe the best way to build a successful pathway to the future is to move toward the far left antics of the past It is the wrong move for Democrats.
Sure The Deaniacs have to be full of themselves right about now. I mean who wouldnt? They saw their former leaders Presidential hopes riddled to pieces by Vietnam gunboat hero Senator John Kerry. Dean saw his campaign literally evaporate after the Iowa Caucuses and he somehow managed to still keep himself relevant, afloat and viable on his political life raft during the Presidential Sweepstakes instead of slowly disappearing beneath the waves like so many former Democratic Presidential candidates had before.
Perhaps, Dean really had something else in mind. After all, this is the man who galvanized his legendary Internet Troops, and amassed an impressive monetary war chest that certainly rivaled if not surpassed all of the other Democrat contenders combined. Was Dean running for President in the beginning to truly run in truth for the opportunity to remake the Democratic Party in his own image? Was the run for President the ruse... only to go for the true gold in Deans mind? Was there a sense of creating a new type of Camelot?
Would he revisit and recapture those halcyon days of yore, when liberal meant liberal and not the version he had to deal with in the 2004 election? Think about it. Dean has a vision for America that is truly liberal and he believes that Senator John Kerry came awful close to capturing the gold, but he just was not liberal enough. John Kerry didnt have the scream. the emotion. The feeling that Howard Dean has.
I mean really. Can you imagine Senator John Kerry trying to pull off a John Kerry Scream? Why it would be like listening to a polite exchange between to fencing partners; Excuse me..I think you are really a trifle too loud. But good fellow Im about to say that we are going to go to California..to New York...to Nebraska..to Colorado .fine skiing there to Florida to Michigan very cold there to Florida remind me to get the boat out well...we are just going to win it all.
Well you get the drift. In other words, it wouldnt be the same. I think Dean knew that about his Democratic faithful. I think he really knew that the Anyone but Bush approach would not work in the end and he Dean, the self anointed visionary of liberals would be right there to pick up the tattered pieces.
And my friends he has.
When outgoing DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe handed Dean the gavel, Dean immediately set out to tell his new party faithful that he would out do the Republicans and the conservatives by reaching out to Red-state evangelicals, by courting the Christians and be recapturing the Catholic base, because after all the national Catholic agenda is just like the Democratic agenda but there is that little sticking point called protecting life.
Well, after all he is Howard Dean and if his scream cant convert you..his ability to out maneuver the war hero of his party and land on top out and of reach of the Clintons he might just have one more trick up his sleeve.
Well be waiting with ear mufflers on...just in case he wants to go back to that scream thing. _______________________________________________________
Kevin Fobbs is President of National Urban Policy Action Council (NuPac), a non-partisan civic and citizen-action organization that focuses on taking the politics out of policy to secure urban America's future one neighborhood, one city, and one person at a time. View NuPac on the web at www.nupac.info. Kevin Fobbs is also Second Vice Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit as well as co-founder of the Jackson, MI-based American Conservative Values Television Network. Listen to The Kevin Fobbs Show at www.wdtkam.com. # # # #
The Great Con (New paint on a broken-down car can't hide the Democrats' corrosion.)
The American Prowler | 2/16/2005 | George Neumayr
The future of the Democratic Party depends on a sustained con job. But to pull it off, the Democrats need a con man far less obvious than Howard Dean. A transparent demagogue, Dean is like a used car salesman scrambling to sell broken-down cars by slapping new paint on them.
The Democrats aren't taking advice from Zell Miller but from PT Barnum. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, Barnum said, though he might have revised that observation had he seen the big top of the modern Democratic Party, which is running into the problem Abraham Lincoln identified: you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Having experienced liberalism in its distilled form for decades, the American people were able to measure Democratic rhetoric against reality in this last election and judged it clownish. What the Democrats live in fear of -- not that the American people won't grasp the meaning of their rhetoric but that they will -- came to pass. How stupid do you think we are? was America's shrug at the rhetoric of the John Kerry campaign.
Bill Clinton, a veteran con man who knows that words aren't enough to dupe people, had advised Kerry to support state propositions against same-sex marriage. Willing to oppose gay marriage in word but not deed, Kerry was spooked by Clinton's advice and declined it.
Dean will be an even harder pupil for Clinton to train. If Kerry couldn't plausibly oppose gay marriage -- since he hailed from the liberal state that had made it an issue in the first place -- how much more difficult will it be for Dean? As governor of Vermont he signed the first same-sex civil unions bill in the country, and made that a prominent selling point during last year's primary.
Like satire sprung to life, the Democrats lost an election (primarily) on gay marriage, abortion, and de facto pacifism, then proceeded to make their loudest voice a failed candidate who most visibly carries that baggage " an off-putting blowhard who has said "I can be our first gay president," oversaw abortions as an executive board member of Planned Parenthood, and said Osama bin Laden is innocent until proven guilty.
Dean's clumsy paint job of policies that had alienated the country didn't even hold up on his first day as chairman. Betraying dismay and puzzlement, the Washington Post reported that one of the incoming chairman's first acts last Friday was to meet with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus. If Dean is opposed to gay marriage, he must not have informed Gloria Nieto. She told Dean "how she married her female partner in Massachusetts last year, and says she hopes that her community will always be respected within the Democratic party," reported the Post. "To which Dean walks out from behind the podium and envelops the woman in a big hug. He is crying himself. 'That's why I'm a Democrat,' he says."
This must make Clinton wince. He always made sure to reserve his weeping for larger voting blocs. As evident in his hasty firing of Joycelyn Elders and temporizing on gays in the military, Clinton had enough of the South in him to observe a Machiavellian respect for the very middle-class morality he was violating. But Dean can't stop himself from starkly setting himself against bourgeois morality, assuming like many coastal Democrats that the common sense on which it rests will pass away. It won't. It is the fads that defy common sense which pass away -- and these fads form the collapsing platform of the Democratic Party.
This is what makes the con job of the Democrats so tricky. They are in effect asking Americans to suspend their common sense for the sake of destructive novelties and experiments against human nature. A used car salesman can only sell a malfunctioning car to a person once. Dean's talk of "changing" America -- which means changing it into a country Americans won't recognize or want to live in -- will only persuade the ignorant.
And Dean can't even muster minimal charm for his supposed customers. He has started his sales pitch by bumptiously revealing his fundamental antipathy for a majority of Americans: he declared that he "hates" everything that the "Republicans stand for."
"We don't need to apologize for our principles," he says. "We need to talk about them in a different way."
Translation: let the great con begin.