August 9, 2005

Dean tells it like it is...

Dean Says Democrats Must Take Offensive (thanks to PoliPundit)

By CHRISTOPHER GRAFF Associated Press Writer
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Howard Dean gives Republicans credit for one thing: They have put the Democrats on the defensive and forced them to fight on their turf. That, he said, is about to change.

Republican turf is called "elections." Democrat turf is "lefty activist judges." Something that's also about to change.

"What the propagandists on the right have done is make people afraid to say they are Democrats," Dean told a gathering of Vermont Democrats.

Maybe Dean's onto something. Did'ja notice the recent stuff about Major Paul Hackett? Funny thing, Hackett's ads never mentioned the word "Democrat."

"We have to be out there. We have to be vocal. We have to be pushing our version of the facts because their version of the facts is very unfactual."

Hey Dean, tell Hackett he should have publicized his foul-mouthed attacks on his Commander-in-Chief. Just what the simple folk need to hear, to make them want to vote Dem.

After visiting 30 states in the first six months as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean said Monday he has found "There are Democrats everywhere."

The bad news is they are waiting for a JFK to lower taxes and proudly fight to defend America and freedom.

The key to success is making those Democrats proud of their party, Dean said, by taking the offensive and fighting on Democratic turf.

"We are proud to be a conglomeration of reactionary special-interest groups united in appeasement, anti-semitism and anti-Americanism."

"We need a message. It has to be clear," he said. "The framing of the debate determines who wins the debate.

Wrong. You need to have core political philosophy. That will determine what your message will be. I expect to see some progress on this around 2030, when the Dean Generation is DEAD.

"Running away from issues is how you lose elections," said Dean, a former Vermont governor.

Please pleeeeese stop running away from issues...

"We need to position ourselves as the party of change," he said. "I think we have learned that when big changes happen in the House and Senate, they happen because one party nationalizes the race and becomes the change agent."

Sorry, the "change agent" ecological niche is taken. The good news: You have the "it was good enough for grandpa" position wrapped. Pat Buchannon is just no match for your skills.

Dean detailed his 50-state strategy to hire and finance from national coffers organizers in every state, saying that the party is on track to have organizers in every state by the end of the year.

Organizers. In every state. What a concept!

"Vote by vote, precinct by precinct, door by door, year by year and election by election, we will take this country back for the people who built it," he said.

I will be surprised if there aren't clear gains by 2050.

In his speech Dean talked about the growing diversity in America and how well that diversity meshes with the message and membership of the Democratic Party.

"The face of the Democratic Party is such that it looks like all of America will look in 2050," said Dean.

We will all look like Soros? Streisand? Wow! Anyway, I'm glad to know the future is in the hands of affluent white people. I heard this tacky rumor that it would look like Condi Rice and Miguel Estrada and Viet Dinh and Bobby Jindal.
Posted by John Weidner at August 9, 2005 12:28 PM
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