Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Dean Done Deal--Democrats' Death

Part of me is gleeful at the fact that Howard Dean, the Boca of Burlington, will be the next DNC chair. Of course, part of me is also quite despondent, because one of the best things about the Democrats, at least the Dems of the Humphrey/Scoop Jackson variety, was that they could really give the Republicans a good run for their money. They kept the opposition sharp. And competition is a very, very good thing in that regard.

Barring some unforeseen twist of fate, when Howard Dean ascends to the chair, he will seal the fate of the Democrats well beyond his tenure as chairman.

Everyone who knows that the sun comes up knows that parties don't function without cash and lots of it. Terry McAuliffe knows it. He leaves the party in a very good financial position from where it was in 2000. He could raise funds like few chairmen of the past. As I noted here, Dean could work a real reversal of Terry McAuliffe's financial successes. Without money, the party's engine won't turn over. As many have noted, the internet campaign did very well for Dean. But that was for Dean as an individual candidate. He now has to raise money for a party, and he does not have the same boardroom connections that McAuliffe had and used. In fact, it seems that corporate checkbooks are closing all over America because they see Dean as an inherently divisive character who offers donors little reason to believe that the party will listen to their concerns or that their money will be well spent to the party's development.

Dean also threatens to expurgate moderates because he brings no attractive message. Higher taxes, abortion elevated to a sacrament, gay marriage, irreligion, resigning our sovereignty to the U.N., apologizing for being America, kowtowing to dictators, ignoring the war on terror (or considering it won and done when Osama bin Laden is caught), and beating our swords into plowshares are not ideas that attract the moderate voters who decide elections. Terry McAuliffe did a nice job in warding off sensible folks from the Democratic party, feeding into the left wing cesspool of ideas in 2002 and 2004. It harmed the party in no small way, reducing its presence in the House and Senate and making Bush's reelection more sure.

Dean is no strategist. He is known for blustering his way into headlines by making intemperate remarks which undercut whatever accomplishments he has made up to that point. The party's best strategists are known for, more than anything, being able to quietly operate the party's message and thereby its candidates into a favorable position. "Quiet" is not a term known to Dean, nor to his predecessor, Terry McAuliffe who, also a clown, will go down as one of the worst chairmen from a strategic/message point of view.

By electing Dean, the Democrats are in effect shooing away moderates who are looking for a reason to remain with the party. Without saying so, of course, it will be very clear that his constituents are the Left Coast, university professors, the editorial staff of the New York Times et al, and the U.N. Which speaks volumes about where the party wants to head. Rich limousine liberals. The elite. The glitterati. The "washed". The blame America first crowd. To a very significant degree, the party has become more of a limited interest group made up of the 1960s protest crowd than a national party that welcomes common folk with more moderate ideas.

The Democrats have survived rough times since 1970 largely intact, but this time could be very different. There is a very real perception among voters that the people speaking for the party and most likely to seek and win its nomination are not serious about national security, Social Security, morality, and people's ownership of their own incomes. The sixties never ended for the leaders of this party and its lessons remain unlearned. Despite a solid record of failures for their socialist ideals, they arrogantly continue to advocate them.

So take a good look at the party as it is now. It might look very different four years from now. And the Democrats will have only themselves and Chairman Dean to blame.

2 Comments:

Blogger jwb said...

"By electing Dean, the Democrats are in effect shooing away moderates who are looking for a reason to remain with the party."? Yeah, right. The moderates are going to swing on over to the creationism over evolution, spendthrift Republicans. Your analysis is right on man.

11:56 AM  
Blogger jwb said...

"Dean also threatens to expurgate moderates because he brings no attractive message. Higher taxes, abortion elevated to a sacrament, gay marriage, irreligion, resigning our sovereignty to the U.N., apologizing for being America, kowtowing to dictators, ignoring the war on terror (or considering it won and done when Osama bin Laden is caught), and beating our swords into plowshares are not ideas that attract the moderate voters who decide elections. Terry McAuliffe did a nice job in warding off sensible folks from the Democratic party, feeding into the left wing cesspool of ideas in 2002 and 2004. It harmed the party in no small way, reducing its presence in the House and Senate and making Bush's reelection more sure."

What's with the venom? Why the hate? Are you so unhappy with your party's record over the last four years that you have to resort to making wildly exaggerated/distorted statements about the democratic party? It's funny how few good things you can find to say about the Republicans.

12:04 PM  

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