Skip to comments.Unintended Consequence - How Terry McAuliffe and James Carville created Howard Dean ~ John Fund
Posted on 01/04/2004 11:17:19 PM PST by Elle BeeEdited on 04/23/2004 12:06:18 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
How Terry McAuliffe and James Carville created Howard Dean.
Monday, January 5, 2004 12:01 a.m.
A year ago Democratic leaders were convinced a key to winning the White House was to minimize internal bickering and settle early on a nominee. That candidate could then speak for a united party against President Bush. The party has gotten its wish--a jammed early primary schedule virtually guarantees the Democratic candidate will be known by early March--but party leaders now seem to be having buyer's remorse. The nominee will be either the mercurial and error-prone Howard Dean or someone who may have a hard time exciting fanatic Dean supporters.
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Her running mate will be either Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus, OH, or Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico.
You just gave me a mental image of Howard screaming "AFLAC" as he falls off the left wing cliff.
Hillary! put the word out, verbal or otherwise, that a democrat would not win in '04 unless it's Hillary!
McAuliffe and James Carville didn't "create" Dean.I agree, I think that the accelerated primary schedule created an opportunity for someone like Dean who could quickly form a nationwide base of support.
They created the conditions that allowed him to flourish.
Anti-reason leftist howler monkeys created Howard.
The Internet fund raising was key for Dean because it got him out from under McAuliffe's control of the traditional Democrat soft money machine, which is pretty much useless under McCain-Feingold anyway.
Dean also spotted the fact that not only was McAuliffe a weak hand in control of the party (he's batting .000 so far)but that McAuliffe's backers, the Clintons, didn't really want the Dem's to win the White House in '04. In order, of course, to leave an open field for Hillary in '08.
I think what is really starting to panic the Democrat strategists now is the idea that a '72-'84 blowout at this point could cause severe damage to the party itself, which is already on the ropes because of the broad based progress the Republicans have made since '92.
I think that the biggest obstacle that the Republicans may face in this election is that the Democrat machine may present the choice as a referendum on the survival of the party and continued effective control of the senate via filibuster.
They will encourage all Democrat leaners to hold their noses and "rally 'round the flag" (Cuban, 'natch).
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