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July 06, 2005

Give Dean Some Leverage

Howard Dean is pushed hard to transform the Democratic Party in order to win elections.  Not surprisingly, he’s running into some difficulty with the Democratic establishment.  From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, we hear that:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is trying to get voters to hold the Republican Party responsible for the "culture of corruption" he sees in Washington, but Dean is getting virtually no help from fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives.

In the year since then-Rep. Chris Bell (D-Texas) filed a complaint that triggered the current ethics investigation of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), not one Democrat has initiated another complaint despite the pleas of outside watchdog groups.

This is a very potent issue with voters and one that has the potential to really distinguish the Democrats from the corrupt Republicans.  Dean gets it.

Indeed, at the DNC's executive committee meeting in Washington in early June, Dean publicly acknowledged that some congressional Democrats had urged him to tone down his "culture of corruption" rhetoric because they did not want to get caught up in the same ethics probe as DeLay. But Dean said he would not hold back.

"We have not spoken about moral values in this party for a long time," Dean said. "The truth is, we're Democrats because of our moral values. It's a moral value to make sure that kids don't go to bed hungry at night. ... It is a moral value not to go out on golf trips paid for by lobbyists."

This would be a good time to support Dean to give him some leverage in this struggle with the Democratic establishment.  Buy one of those “Democracy Bonds” that the Democratic Party is asking us to buy to support their grassroots organizing.  I finally did it yesterday.  It’s like giving our local public radio or TV station the support they need to give us the programming we like.  Go buy a bond at the newly revamped DNC site

Posted by Lynn Allen on July 6, 2005 at 08:10 AM in Strategery | Permalink


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