Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

August 5, 2003

by V

Oliver Willis for Dean

Howard Dean For President
I want my country back. I want America represented by a leader who doesn't stand up for whoever can write the biggest check, or who uses lies and deception to justify sending our troops into harm's way. I want a president who will do and say what's right for our country rather than what benefits the powerful few. ... America deserves a president that makes us proud to be Americans.

That man is Howard Dean.

Howard Dean stands on a platform of honest and rational foreign policy, prudent and intelligent economic policy, and traditional American values of hard work, honesty and integrity.

I'm just an average American, without the trappings of fortune or power that are so valued from within the beltway, but I fully and completely endorse Howard Dean for President and will do all I can to get him into the oval office. America needs Dean.
The more the merrier, man.

Unsurprisingly, his comment thread is bursting with scared Bush supporters looking for some way to twist Dean into something baaad.

For instance, some complain about Dean's fundraising success as some sign of impurity. Let's see, if he wasn't being successful at fundraising, do you think they'd be praising him for his purity, or saying "he can't make it because he's not raising nearly enough money"? Yeah, I thought so.

(Clue for the clueless #1: The money donations are <spit> nothing compared to the volunteer hours people are already willing to put in.)

(Clue for the clueless #2: The money donations are averaging less than $100 each. Claiming that 'The Democrats' attract fat-cat corporate donors says nothing about Dean; those are the Establishment Democrats, and Dean is not one of them any more [if he ever was]. He is remaking the party out from under them; thus the squealing of Lieberman and the DLC.)

In the thread, people are also slipping in the misnomer 'John Dean'. I'm not even sure what that's supposed to imply. Something about Watergate. Whatever.

'The wolves howl; the caravan rolls on.'
Posted by V at August 5, 2003 12:51 AM

I really wish there was some meaningful way we could record and report that, except it's so hard to verify. But you're right--the volunteer hours are way more than the financial contributions. In the last couple weeks we have spent so many hours on our Dean graphics site, that it has been really hard to find time to get paying work done (much less clean the house).

Uh-oh. Better now let the Bush supporters hear that. Then they will start calling us "filthy Dean supporters"! ;-)

Posted by: Renee at August 5, 2003 10:46 AM

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