Will somebody please tell Howard Dean to “Butt out!”?

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.


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6 responses to “Will somebody please tell Howard Dean to “Butt out!”?

  1. Is’nt it the job of the National Democratic Party Chairman to be involved?

    I didn’t know if you were aware of that.

  2. Hi. Thanks for your comment.

    Involved, certainly, but not to the extent of attempting to circumvent or interfere with the democratic process. The DNC set the rules. Now it’s up to them (the DNC) to take their own advice and follow them.

    Stop back when you have time. – wf

  3. I believe “We, the people” refers to the government, not political parties who are not government nor are they controlled by government. For good reason.

    Dean presides over the decision making process where multiple committees handle various party issues like calendar. This time, that group decided to add two small states from different regions to the “early state club” of IA & NH. SC & NV were allowed to schedule before Feb 5 to achieve a new balance or representation. That worked from what we saw.

    The larger problem was that many states did not want to play second fiddle or come after anyone else, including traditionally first NH & IA. A fair sentiment, but one which leads to total chaos if left to itself. Therefore, all the states agreed to the new calendar. (Did I say all? Yes, every one!)

    Except that later certain calculations were made to ignore those agreements and try to jump over all the 20+ states who held the line at Feb 5. Well, we can thanks those folks for part of this mess. And the people of FL & I should vent their legitimate anger on those same manipulating pols who think breaking rules is just politics and everyone does it. If not, they’re fools.

  4. Hi. Political parties are supposed to be organizations whose members share common core beliefs about the role of government, and who nominate candidates who they expect will manage in accordance with those beliefs once they’re in office. That nominating process should be democratic, should be about what the members believe, even if the resultant platform and nominees differ from what party management would like. The “We, the People” reference was just meant to establish who should be in charge.

    It’s a process the DNC should facilitate, not attempt to influence by calling in the candidates for counseling. His comments made me flashback to when I was being called to my high school Principal’s office for doing who knows what. This isn’t some petty fight he’s trying to break up. This is democracy in action.

    Actually, I like the idea of an open convention, and consider a contested nomination a good thing for the party, and the people. Governor Dean says he doesn’t want a brokered convention. So just what is he planning to suggest to Senators Obama and Clinton?

    Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you later. -wf

  5. thats for sure, guy

  6. Hey. Thanks for the comment. Stop back later when you have time. -wf

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