Democrats are seldom explicit about the origins of cash flow into their own campaigns. Howard Dean (D-VT) was the pioneer of internet donations and grassroots campaign fundraising. Thirty- five dollars from the African American grandmother of twelve. One hundred dollars from the divorced dad who’s pissed off at his Republican congressman for toughing up on child support deadbeats. Twenty bucks from the young college student who is about to get dropped from his parent’s health insurance. Throw in millions of other stories and you get a pretty huge contribution to your campaign.
Saint Dean was doing pretty well in 2004 until his “I Have a Scream” speech during the Iowa caucus. YEAH!!!!
Even before that fateful night, Afrocity had an inkling that Dean was a tad on the strange side. My very liberal friend was really into him and already sent the governor from Vermont over $500 in campaign contributions. That was a lot of money to donate considering what we did for a living and even more surprising when you consider…well…where we were living- Manhattan. New York $2,400 a month to rent a shoebox city. Admittedly, I was not following the Democratic primary – at all. Somehow my heart was not into politics that year. I had just finished my masters degree and healing from the shock of September 11th. We were attacked on home soil-the country was vulnerable. If history was doomed to repeat itself, most presidents remain in office if a country has been under attack or at war. Bush was going to be re-elected- I could feel it. I was resigned to just sit and wait another four years for someone fantastic to come along. I would let the election hoopla go by. Rarely however, did my friend let a moment go by without attempting to manipulate someone to her point of view.
“Howard Dean is the man!” she exclaimed. “He is the real deal and from Vermont -you know how they are all environmental in that state and they believe in co-ops…”
Vermont was a favorite vacation destination for me. Each summer, I would make the trip to Manchester for some outlet shopping, then on to Shelburne and Stowe. The green mountains were unlike anything I ever experienced in Illinois. Environmentalists ruled the “Green Mountain State” and it showed. Fresh milk, maple syrup- the air was clean. At night I could actually see the stars. So Howard Dean was the governor huh? Perhaps there was something to the guy…Most Democrats in my circle where wild about Harry maybe I should give the jolly green mountain man a chance. He was a doctor and I was tired of lawyers in office. Dean’s wife was a working women who was independent.
Keep in mind that this was all before the idea of my switching parties came into play. But it is an early indication of my sleepwalking through the Democratic Party. Pull the ‘D” lever no matter what. Accordingly, I watched every Howard Dean interview that I could stand.
And I was not impressed.
I never heard much about what exactly Howard Dean wanted to do to “get our country back”. I did not like the usage of Martin Luther King’s words which seemed disingenuous. I knew instantly that he Dean train was not for me. He seemed to struggle somewhere between manic and maniacal. Little did I know that four years later, the Frankenstein DNC machine would produce an even better more powerful 2008 monster- crafted from spare parts of liberal ideology, hope and change.
My, my my if Howard Dean only knew then what he does now. And the 2008 model would make it past the Iowa Caucus test run. The 2008 model would perfect Howard Dean’s “50 state” campaign strategy. He would use the fundraising prowess of the internet even better than Howard Dean.
Now in conspiratorial fashion, Howard Dean is doing another scream speech. Again in favor of the Democrats but this time it is not for his own political campaign but against the Republicans.
To curtail a Republican landslide on November 2nd, which now seems almost inevitable, Saint Dean is preaching again and wearing the moral compass robe of campaign financing.
Good thing Liz Cheney was there to dump holy reality water on Dean’s plan.
Here is a tip Saint Dean, confess your own campaign financing sins first before you shake your rosary beads at others.
Certainly intelligent voters know that this whole the Republicans are taking money under the table thing is a ruse to sway people to the Democrat’s side of the election. Even if it is true, you should remember that if the voters did nto really care where Obama’s money came from in 2008, chances are they will not care where the Republican’s money come from now. No voter seemed to find John McCain any more president worthy when he opted to stick to his campaign promise to remain within the public financing system for the general election.
It was Obama who went back on his promise to accept only public financing.
If that empty suit breach of morals was good enough for the Church of Kool Aid Mountain independents for Obama to elect then, why would those independents now against the Democrats care now?
Sorry Howie. If you guys stop taking contributions from unions maybe you would have a leg to stand on when it comes to attacking corporate campaign contributions because guys like this one (below) would like to see that change.
Autographed Letter Signed,