I call “bullshit!” on Howard Dean
Sorry, I’m a bit consumed with real life quandaries and haven’t been following much political news except for the gratifying collapse of Howard Dean.
The dude’s latest trick is lying to supporters in order to earn quick cash. Here’s what happened: on early Thursday a.m., the governor signed this e-mail.
The entire race has come down to this: we must win Wisconsin.
We must launch our new television advertisement on Monday in the major markets in Wisconsin. To do that, I need your help to raise $700,000 by Sunday. Please contribute $50 today so that we can reserve the air time:
We will get a boost this weekend in Washington, Michigan and Maine, but our true test will be the Wisconsin primary. A win there will carry us to the big states of March 2-and narrow the field to two candidates. Anything less will put us out of this race.
All that you have worked for these past months is on the line on a single day, in a single state. We have come so far to change our political process and restore our democracy-we can’t stop now. Your $50 contribution will allow us to get out our message onto the airwaves, and win Wisconsin. Please contribute now:
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
You might read this and say: “Wow, Dean is saying that he will win Wisconsin or drop out of the race!”
“All I can say is I stand by the e-mail, and I intend to win Wisconsin,” Dean said. “That’s all I’m going to say. I can repeat it 500 times if you like.”
At a Milwaukee news conference, Dean said: “I’m kind of avoiding answering the question.”
Dean, who has touted a penchant for straight talk as a campaign asset, also equivocated on his declaration Wednesday in Seattle that he would win the Washington state Democratic caucuses Saturday. In a phone news conference earlier Thursday, Dean said: “I never predict wins. I just say I think we should win” Washington.
After enjoying early status as the Democratic front-runner, Dean has yet to win a single one of the nine state primaries or caucuses staged so far. Before Wisconsin’s primary on Feb. 17, six states and Washington, D.C., hold their Democratic nominating contests.
[Campaign manager Roy] Neel, after extensive sparring with reporters, cautioned them not to report that Dean would quit following a Wisconsin loss.
“I don’t think that e-mail says if he doesn’t win he’ll be out of the race,” Neel said. “I don’t read it the same way you are interpreting it.”
Let’s go over that again.
“A win there will carry us to the big states of March 2-and narrow the field to two candidates. Anything less will put us out of this race.” – Howard Dean, Feb. 5.
“I don’t think that e-mail says if he doesn’t win he’ll be out of the race.” – Roy Neel, Feb. 5.
There is such a thing as “stepping on” your own message. In this case Dean drove over his message with a Hummer. Then he backed up over it, sped up, and drove over it again. Then he did it again.
The really funny part? His supporters, like battered wives with two black eyes, are still throwing money at him.
ALL RIGHT! WE SHATTERED THE BAT!
Let’s keep it up! And while we’re batting, there’s something else we can do:
Right now it’s really important to write to Wisconsin voters (http://letters.deanforamerica.com) to let them know why we’re supporting Gov. Dean. If you’d like to write, but don’t know what to say, please click my name and download a sample letter. It briefly describes some of the key reasons Dean is the best choice. You can use it as-is, or change it any way you want.
Along with the letter, there’s also a flyer comparing Gov. Dean and John Kerry. If you like it, please distribute it widely.
A letter! That’s a great idea! How about this …
You don’t know me, but I am an educated white liberal who knows that Howard Dean, and no one else, can save our country from whatever your problems happen to be. We are TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY from people who believe the media hype that our nominee will be chosen in primaries – the same primaries supported by their corporate dollars! Dr. Dean is the candidate not of the SPECIAL INTERESTS, but of several hundred thousand Democrats with considerable disposable income and DSL connections. Not of the firefighters, many of whom supported George W. Bush!
I have included a sign for you to wave outside on primary day. YOU HAVE THE POWER to make a statement that … I’m gonna say special interests are bad. I think that’s it.
Oh, and vote!
So I think Dean’s going to lose, pretty much.