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An Electoral Quagmire

The Democrats are screwed, and nobody knows it more than Howard Dean.

Complaining about the torrent of attacks raining down on him from his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Howard Dean on Sunday criticized his party’s national chairman, Terry McAuliffe, for not intervening to tone down the debate.

“If we had strong leadership in the Democratic Party, they would be calling those other candidates and saying, `Hey look, somebody’s going to have to win here,’ “ Dr. Dean, the former governor of Vermont, told reporters trailing him as he campaigned through central Iowa. Referring to one of Mr. McAuliffe’s predecessors, he added, “If Ron Brown were the chairman, this wouldn’t be happening.”

If you had strong leadership in the Democratic Party, Howard, you wouldn’t have had your asses handed to you in the lasty two elections by the Republicans.  The fact is that McAuliffe is Bill Clinton’s hand-picked boy, and Wesley Clark is Bill and Hill’s chosen candidate.  Terry and the Clintons all know that there is no chance of you beating Bush in the general election, so they’re hoping against hope that one of the other candidates manages to clinch the primaries.  Don’t expect any strong leadership from the Democrats until after the 2004 elections.  After Bush is reelected, and the GOP maintains its Congressional presence, McAuliffe will be thrown out on his ass, and maybe someone better will replace him.  If you’re looking for strong leadership, Howie, you should look to President Bush.

Dr. Dean also implied that many of his supporters, particularly young people, might stay home in November if another Democrat’s name ends up on the ballot.

“I don’t know where they’re going to go, but they’re certainly not going to vote for a conventional Washington politician,” he said.

As Shakespeare would say, “Therein lies the rub,” or “Therein lies the reason the Democrats are up shit creek.” Dean has gathered his momentum by positioning himself far to the left on issues like the war on terror.  He’s made himself the anti-Bush.  While this has been wonderful at drumming up support among the die-hard liberal Democrats it’s not going to play well with Mr. and Mrs. Middle America.  So, if the Democrats nominate Dean they’re guaranteed the left-wing asshat vote, but the centrist swing voters will either stay home or vote for Bush.  Or, if they nominate Lieberman or one of the other candidates, they have a better shot at winning the center, but they’re going to alienate the faithful, who will either stay home or vote for the Greens.

Why, it’s almost like the Democrats have gotten themselves into a… quagmire.

Posted by Lee on 12/29/03 at 04:00 PM in Election 2004 • Permalink


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