Monday, June 06, 2005

More Dems Pile on Dean

First it was Joe Biden and John Edwards. And tonight on "Hardball," several Centrist Democratic senators joined in the criticism of their party chairman's comments last week (I'm just catching the 11 p.m. re-air of the show, which is why I didn't get this up sooner).

Asked if he agreed with the comments, Arkansas' Mark Pryor said "I don't agree with what Howard Dean said." Ken Salazar (CO): "I think it was unfortunate that Howard Dean choose those words. ... I think he misspoke." Ben Nelson (NE): "That's a perfect example of why some of us drink decaffeinated coffee." Mary Landrieu (LA) also said she disagreed with Dean, but (and rightly so) noted the point of Dean's remarks, that we desperately need to take action to make voting a smoother, more efficient process each year.


At 2:32 AM, Blogger Andrei Berman said...

I think it should be noted that the group of grassroots Dems that Dean represents doesn't occupy all that many seats in the senate. NDL and other center-left folks still dominate the highest ranks of the Democratic Party. Sadly, they lack the grassroots support of the Deaniacs. As a result, Dean is able to speak irresponsibly. NDL folks need to broaden their appeal. Unfortunately, avocating for moderation isn't usually a succesful rallying cry when it comes to gaining the support of the party's base.

At 7:33 AM, Blogger JBD said...

I agree, Andrei. The problem is not, however, gaining the support of the party's base. Dean and elected Dems (and Kerry last fall) had the support of the base. What they lacked (enough of) was crossover votes from the independents and Republicans. With spokesmen who are able to talk to those people without insulting them (and there are plenty of Dems out there who can do that) the Donkey has a real chance of becoming the party of common-sense Centrism that the GOP has left behind (personally of course I hope that the Republicans opt for this direction, but I'm not holding my breath for that).

At 10:22 AM, Blogger The Cynical Liberal said...

Y'know, I distinctly remember most Democrats saying that Dean was the perfect man for the job specifically because he was the jolt of energy that would pull the Democratic party away from the constant placation of the Bush agenda.

Now that Dean is actually doing that -- actually using some of the red meat tactics which are common of the Republican war machine -- a lot of Democrats are complaining?

I think Dean's comments were NOT inappropriate, especially in front of the audience he was in front of, and he said nothing that was worse or more ill-tempered than you can hear at any neoconservative rally.

I think the Democrats, even the centrists, need to shut up and bind with the Party if they hope to have any sort of victory in the Midterms. Cuz if they do nothing but publicly seperate themselves from the leader THEY chose, and then the Democrats do poorly in the midterms, these people will have noone to blame but themselves.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Mike said...

It's going to be interesting in the next election cycle. No democrat is going to get caught standing next to Dean in a photo.


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