Sunday, March 9, 2008
My apologies to Governor Dean for the common language. Perhaps it will help get his attention and that of others who can influence the DNC.
I’m a registered independent who tends to vote Democratic and supports the candidacy of Senator Clinton over both Senators Obama now and McCain in November.
Today Governor Dean announced that, if the nomination wasn’t settled by the convention, he would have to sit down with the two candidates and see what he could work out.
The Democrats may be having trouble picking a candidate, but isn’t that the purpose of the primaries and caucuses, and the convention? This is democracy in action. Who does he think he is to determine what’s best for the Democratic Party, let alone the United States? He’s certainly welcome to his opinions, and to put them out there, but he’s only in charge of the DNC, not the party itself. That would be one of those “We, the People” things. Every once and while, too often I think, political leaders tend to forget who’s in charge of what, who works for who [sic] in the political process. This is one of those times.
Governor Dean had three years since the previous election to make any changes he and the Democratic National Committee felt would improve the process – a national primary, for example, a uniform primary process in every state, changes to the Super Delegate system, whatever. Now, at the last minute, he has the audacity to want to mediate a nomination about which over 27 million voters have so far expressed themselves. Who asked him for help? Some other party insiders and pundits concerned about how a free convention might impact Democratic chances of beating McCain? That’s up to the people, the Democrats who have voted, and who have played by the rules. I’ll give him credit. Governor Dean is brazen in what has got to be a major example of backroom politics at its worse.
As if he were doing the party and America a favor, he says he’ll wait to bring the candidates together until after the primaries are done. How respectful.
As to who will tell Howard Dean to butt out? That would be me, and anyone else who shares my point of view. I’m e-mailing this to the DNC, but, just in case, will whoever reads this please be sure he gets the message? Thanks.