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Hey, Democrats- you’ve let the Republican party do your thinking for you once again. Guess what? Howard Dean is actually not a problem.

Democrats have spent the better part of the past few weeks distancing themselves from Crazy Ol’ Howie, and they may have missed a golden opportunity to begin to do something they haven’t done in nearly a decade: build a coherent, relatable message.

Now, we’ve all heard the loathing comments Mr. Dean sprinkles about, and you may think I’m a lunatic for suggesting that his rhetoric can be beneficial to the Democratic Party’s cause. One must understand, though: Dean, as DNC chairman, is essentially a cheerleader. He is supposed to be a bit fanatical and over-the-top.

In the absence of a coherent plan to translate Dean’s vitriol into a simple cause-and-effect agenda that people can funnel their problems through, non-fringe Democrats have allowed their cheerleader to take the proverbial ball and run with it. It’s a classic syndrome of the left- they let the Michael Moore’s of the world talk for them- with their negative vision of wild conspiracies and schemes-and never follow up with positive action they can get behind.

If Democrats want a good example of a coherent plan, they need to look no farther than the Republicans. The GOP certainly has their maniacal fringe- Gingrich, Hannity, and Limbaugh are rarely mistaken for reserved, middle-of-the-road gentlemen. However, where the Republicans differ- and the reason they win a lot more often lately- is how the message is related to the people.

Republican politicians and pundits don’t just spew random insults- they make it mean something to people. Every GOP agenda is eventually filtered- rationally or irrationally- through the fears and problems of the lowest common denominator American. Sometimes these fears and problems are real, sometimes imaginary- it doesn’t matter. People like simple right-and-wrong answers, and are willing to allow the minutiae of these issues- often which work against their best interests- to be hashed out behind closed doors.

Its ugly, but that’s the kind of politics people respond to.

Democrats seem to forget that real, live voters are actually involved. And these real, live voters just want their simple, everyday problems solved. Dean makes the statement that the GOP is a party of white Christians. Ok, fine. It probably is. However, no one on the left has had the guts to explain why that may be the cause of some of the problems for much of our diverse American population.

If Democrats are to have any hopes of winning more elections than they lose in the near future, they may want to consider spending less time explaining away their loud, brash cheerleader, and more time using his energy as part of a coherent, simple worldview that Americans can actually relate to.

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Lunacy Without a Plan: Today’s Democratic Party

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  • Bennett

    I like it! You did a nice job explaining the situation, and I hope it falls into the right ears.

    Howard Dean is a damn fine cheerleader.

  • Nancy

    Well, the Dems had better do something besides run in circles spinning their wheels. Problem is, aside from Dean, they’re afraid to engage in the kind of politically-incorrect slander & innuendo the GOP engages in, under the far-too-facile direction of Karl Rove, neocon unhung-arch-criminal and antichrist. And when caught w/their lies showing, unlike the GOP they don’t rise up squealing w/righteous indignation and misdirection, they fumble & bumble and mumble and retreat in confusion. They need to get some low lifes like Rove….

  • Patriot

    As an Independent — I view voting as picking the lesser of two evils — which I believe most Independents also do.

    So if the Democrats want to win in the future, they have to put forth an agenda with less evil in it…

    Obviously, they haven’t done so in the recent past…

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Or perhaps they could stop lying, Nancy. That would be novel. But then what would George Soros have left to spend his money on…

    Dave

  • http://www.biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    As an Independent — I view voting as picking the lesser of two evils — which I believe most Independents also do.

    That’s part of the overall problem. We have this mindset that a candidate may only be Republican or Democrat. We need more Independent thinkers who are willing to confront the status quo. As far as I am concerned, taking the ‘lesser of two evils’ is the classic American cop out. This country was built on and continues to be driven by greed.

    This crap that we needed a place for freedom of religion is a poor excuse for saying that the Europeans wanted to expand their dominion over the Earth. It’s time we fact facts, we’re a greedy society hell bent on having the best of everything no matter who gets trampled in the process. Of course, the Jesus freaks would have you believe otherwise. I submit to you, my friends, that Christian opulence is not limited to the Vatican. The super preachers of today claim they are humble but they are living a hell of a lot better off than we are.

    So if the Democrats want to win in the future, they have to put forth an agenda with less evil in it

    The Democrats don’t have a monopoly on evil. Evil thrives quite well in all political parties and it’s called extremism.

  • http://www.vnvo.com Christopher Falvey

    Everyone:

    Late to responding to comments here. I agree with almost everything everyone says here. (I am actually independent as well.)

    Don’t forget, this article is a commentary on politics. I seperate politics and my opinions on policy.

    Politics is an interesting game to observe and comment on, so just so everyone knows… this article has nothing to do with my opinion of Dean, The GOP, The Dems, and/or their policies.

    Its more of “If you want to win, here’s what I think you should do” article.

  • http://jabbs.blogspot.com David R. Mark

    I love how conservatives isolate George Soros as some mastermind, but fail to give the same consideration to Richard Mellon Scaife.

    True, Soros has his fingers in a few cookie jars. Scaife, however, single-handedly has kept parts of the conservative “movement” alive. He was the single major contributor, for example, for the “Arkansas Project,” which in the early 1990s tried to bring new life to old rumors about Bill and Hillary, and led to some phenomenally horrible books, most notably one by Gary Aldrich.

    If you are going to attack Soros, be fair and attack Scaife, too. Otherwise, let’s leave the billionaire personalities with pet political projects out of the equation, ok?

  • http://gonzo-marx.blogspot.com gonzo marx

    Mr Nalle sez..
    *Or perhaps they could stop lying, Nancy. That would be novel. But then what would George Soros have left to spend his money on…*

    geeeez….i didn’t know that Soros lied to get us to invade a soverign Nation under false pretenses…oh, wait..that was another bunch of rich fucks…

    but i digress…

    Nancy nailed a lot of it here, as did the Author of the original Post

    the problem is that the American Public has been trained to ignore so much that they see, and so they fall for a “ten word soundbyte” when an actual EXPLANATION is required due to the Fact that we live in a very complex world and there are NO simple Answers for most problems…

    i can hear you now, gentle Readers, you say, “but gonzo, what do you mean?”

    anyone here old enough to remember having a Civics class in High School?

    remember reading newspapers BEFORE advertising became the be all and end all?

    hell, remember the coverage CNN had BEFORE Turner sold out to ime Warner and ratings/advertising dollars became the False Profit of their “god”?

    the marketing swine on Madison Avenue have done well in their eternal Quest to turn the Public into nothing more than meat with eyes and an open wallet…

    the GOP figured that out in 93 after seeing how well the ’80s went for them, and their noise Machine turned on

    give them credit, they do an exemplary job of it, hopefully the “Sleeper will awake” in time

    hopefully the fiscal Conservatives, the Libertarians, the “Goldwater” and “Teddy Roosevelt” type Conservatives will all wake up and see how they are being sold out completely

    maybe, some will eventually see that the “Ends” do NOT justify the “Means”

    i can Dream, can’t i?

    Excelsior!

  • http://adamantsun.blogspot.com Steve S

    It is the comments of Howard Dean and his position and influence within the Democratic party, that gives me faith that there is some sort of a counter balance to the hardline Right that is dominating politics right now. I see Dean as no more extremist than DeLay or Frist, and it’s people like Dean, Pelosi and Boxer who are willing to remind those who need reminding, that 51% is not a mandate. Thank you to all the Dems, starting with Howard Dean!

  • http://gonzo-marx.blogspot.com gonzo marx

    awwww, c’mon Steve!

    Dean ain’t even in their league as a demagogue

    i mean, he has never said the other side was “unpatriotic” for disagreements..

    much less condemmed them to the tortures of the Damned in Hell for their beliefs

    and hey..he is a Doctor, just like Senate Majority Leader Frist…but he does draw the line at making a diagnosis from a video tape

    nope, Dean has a lot of work to do to catch up to the GOP noise Machine…but he is trying, it seems

    more’s the Pity

    Excelsior!

  • http://adamantsun.blogspot.com Steve S

    I agree gonzo, he’s not even in their league, but he is trying, he is speaking to a large group of people nevertheless, who feel the way he does, but in terms of ‘lunacy without a plan’, yeah, he holds nothing on Frist or Delay, that’s what I mean.

    He IS more extreme in his speech, but I disagree with those who think he’s doing more harm than good by speaking that way. I think it is necessary and important.

  • Ron Hoffman

    “Every GOP agenda is filtered through the fears and problems of the lowest common denominator American”. Every?

    Whatever has given you to conclude that anyone in politics, no matter their position or function, should be entitled and/or encouraged to be “fanatical and over the top”? Howard Dean is acting just as any of the other tired and old Democrats are acting, and it is because of their “over the top” actions that the Party of the Ass is now nearly dead.

    Your denigration of the “lowest common denominator American” is the very thing visionless Democrats have been doing for so long. In spewing forth their elitist attitudes toward anyone who believes libertarianism is less progressive than the liberalism of today’s Democrats, nearly all of the front running leaders of the Party have been basically telling too many Americans that they are neither smart enough nor good enough for the Democratic Party.

    While the Republicans are certainly not without their tiresome bravado, thankfully for us common Americans most everywhere they at least have more rational leaders who can give simple right and wrong answers when such answers are really all that is required. I guess when a political party sets itself up to bring greater control over the lives of common Americans it is not easy to keep the message simple.

  • Joyce

    “Or perhaps they could stop lying, Nancy. That would be novel. But then what would George Soros have left to spend his money on…”

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Dean? Delay? Frist? These guys are pikers. Check out John Conyers sometime. Now there’s a demagogue with no shame at all.

    Dave

  • http://blue-in-the-face.blogspot.com prose

    The GOPs (rhymes with flops) are charging raging bulls every hour of every day.They are so all about ideology there’s an illusion of perfect trinity but it’s coming apart.
    Dems must be the bull-fighter, graceful and patient, letting the bull tire.

    There is a method here. This rebirth of a decimated party, blindsided by the fungal-mentalists, emerges from the conditions. For Dems to announce an identity complete with community, chain of command, program, schedule of implementation is out of the times. We must roll with it and emerge here, there, an issue, a vote, a shout out, and trust the process ‘cuz Dems have relative right on their side.
    Case in point: Schaivo. Dems melted, faster as the GOPs circled the wagons. What could they condemn Dems for besides going home on break? as they dug themselves a hole and Dems are whistle clean.
    Be patient, watch for signs of spring, trust that it is happening as a fine mist over a huge meadow.

  • Ron Hoffman

    What is the worth of a political party if not for ideology? Why do so many Democrats liken the word “ideology” to Armageddon? How about a little governmental restraint and less control over your present/future lives, ambitions and personal interests? Now there’s an ultimate aspiration even democrats should go into the “end of time” with.

  • http://www.biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Take the power our of the political parties and give it to the people.

    How?

    Election reform. Election reform. Election reform.

    Start in 2006 by sending the Congressional homesteaders back to their respective states for lynching. The problem is not George W. Bush, America. The problem is an uninformed electorate who chooses to look the other way until the proverbial shit hits the fan.

  • Nancy

    The problem is, the average American is dumber than the proverbial shit, just as functionally illiterate, and too mindlessly apathetic about anything not involving E! 30-second soundbites and Michael Jackson scandals to care. Don’t think so? Quiz your nearest captive high schooler about basic history, literature, geography, or civics/ politics. Shoot – forget that, quiz your adult neighbor, coworker, etc. Chances are they won’t know anything relating to any of the above subjects, and won’t care. But they can tell you who J. Lo is currently engaged to, or what Sammy Sosa’s batting average is, or the ingredients of the latest McDonald’s Big Meal. They’re the Marching Morons. They don’t bother to learn about current affairs or vote because they’re too busy with PacMan or the kids soccer or talking to their equally vapid buddies about nothing on their latest designer cell phones. Pretty easy pickings for anyone w/a slick sell, whether marketer or politician.

  • Nancy

    The problem is, the average American is dumber than the proverbial shit, just as functionally illiterate, and too mindlessly apathetic about anything not involving E! 30-second soundbites and Michael Jackson scandals to care. Don’t think so? Quiz your nearest captive high schooler about basic history, literature, geography, or civics/ politics. Shoot – forget that, quiz your adult neighbor, coworker, etc. Chances are they won’t know anything relating to any of the above subjects, and won’t care. But they can tell you who J. Lo is currently engaged to, or what Sammy Sosa’s batting average is, or the ingredients of the latest McDonald’s Big Meal. They’re the Marching Morons. They don’t bother to learn about current affairs or vote because they’re too busy with PacMan or the kids soccer or talking to their equally vapid buddies about nothing on their latest designer cell phones. Pretty easy pickings for anyone w/a slick sell, whether marketer or politician.

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