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No Iowa, No "Yeeaaaarrrrgggggghhhh."

Say hello to the new DNC chairman, Howard Dean. It's a done deal. Tim Roemer has dropped out of the race. Unlike in Iowa, there is no surging rival left to challenge Dean. He has the votes wrapped up.

This is the man who, because he was too liberal, lost to John Kerry. Howard Dean is exactly the opposite of what Democrats need right now.


Dean recently said:

"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for."

Does the new DNC chairman really hate free markets? Patriotism? Liberty? Reform? Progress? The United States Constitution?

What this proves is that Democrats are addicted to internet cash. It is their crack cocaine. As the base of the party shrinks, it becomes more concentratedly radical. Howard Dean will raise record amounts of money. He will keep the left-wing crazies stoked and prevent them from bolting to a third party. He will provide some Pyrrhic victories for Democrats.

He will also drive moderates away from the party and become a liability in Republican-leaning states. Howard Dean is bad for the DNC's fundamental image problem. He is bad for whatever Democrat (Hillary Clinton?) gets the 2008 nomination.

Dean is good, but only in some ways, for the GOP. In 2006, expect GOP candidates running for Senate in Republican-leaning states to play up their opponents' inevitable and unavoidable connections to Dean.

If Saddam Hussein had been captured a few weeks later, Howard Dean may have held off John Kerry and the others. Good news in Iraq was bad news for Howard Dean. Ultimately, because Dean hinges his success on the failure of America, he is bad for America.

Although the DNC vote is not official yet (the vote is this Saturday) it is certain.

What an unfortunate choice.

WILLisms.com will continue to keep tabs on Howard Dean, so stay tuned.

Posted by Will Franklin · 8 February 2005 07:06 AM


Credit should be given to Howard Dean and his team in early 2004 for creating a grassroots and internet campaign -- that was very successful.

Perhaps that might stir the base more than his unfortunate roaring speech that cost him his bid.

Howard Dean is quirky enough to give the Democratic Party something they need: a difference in stirring the base and a move in a different direction.

Lets see what happens.

Posted by: Steven D. Rivas at February 10, 2005 01:05 AM