Thursday, June 09, 2005

Howard Dean Isn't the Real Problem for Democrats

Writing for The Boston Globe, Joan Vennochi claims that the Democrats’ real problem isn’t Howard Dean, it’s the lack of leadership from Democrats in Congress.

That’s probably true. In the great pit that is the Democratic Party, Dean’s voice echoes. If there were other leaders speaking up, taking stands, challenging Republicans, there would be far less attention paid to the party chairman. Right now, 52% of Americans disapprove of the job Bush is doing and 58% say the President is focusing on the wrong issues. What are the Democrats waiting for?

Although Dean needs to learn how to woo new voters in addition to energizing the ones he’s already got, the party chairman is not responsible for creating policy. Dean can’t bring up issues in Congress. Dean can’t have a press conference on the Capitol steps announcing a new bill. Dean’s just a glorified fundraiser, not a true party leader.

In her column, Vannochi says Democrats should stop criticizing Dean and start leading. Seems reasonable. Dean is a liability but his big mouth isn’t nearly as bad for the party as congressional Democrats’ inability to capitalize on Bush’s poor poll number. Nearly 3/5ths of Americans want the government to address more substantial issues. Democrats must have something they can bring to the table.

True, the minority party can rarely control the debate, but they can at least make an effort. Can’t they?

8 Comments:

At 10:35 AM, Blogger AubreyJ said...

NEWS FLASH--
Howard Dean is meeting with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid today.
Oh yea... He’s going to the WOODSHED baby!!!

 
At 12:04 PM, Blogger Jonathan C said...

I think that the Dem's lack of leadership is exacerbated by the fact that they are out of controll of both houses of Congress. During the Clinton years, the GOP at least had Speaker Gingrich as a clear (enough) leader of the party during off-election years. Who do the Dems have? Reid and Pelosi are newbies competing for stature, neither of which has power to set an agenda.

 
At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard Dean is the best thing the Democratic Party has had since Bill Clinton. To make a change and wake up the democratic base to the values and issues that drive us we need someone to rock the boat. Howard Dean is doing just that, not business as usual. Bush was warned about 9/11 and failed to follow up on the warning, that is a fact, now get over it.

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dean keep up the good,good work... it's hard to beleive your party to disagree...please keep on tell the truth..........

 
At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr.dean today i looked at fox 26 one of your party members down you about your comment about the white christian men it is true please don't let anyone stop you from telling the truth... has people forgotten the kkk has a lot of christian white men.........thank you dean you give me hope........

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous cornflower blue said...

Howard Dean is a breath of fresh air for Dems. No political charm, but that's not really the point. He says the things people think and takes the heat for it. Courage, passion, smarts, courage, enthusiasm, courage...I'm really grateful for his presence in this sleepy party.

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous sleipner said...

The thing that really annoys me is that the Republicans keep saying very much the same sorts of things that Dean does (Nazi comment, etc.) yet they are not labelled as "outrageous extremists" by the popular media.

Though I do not consider myself a conspiracy theorist, I believe one reason Republicans have gained so much power in recent years is a subtle shift to the right they have engendered in the direction of political media coverage.

 
At 3:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no trouble with Howard Dean telling the truth. Wake up America, we are losing our country to Corporacracy. Everyone should read the NYTimes bestsellar-Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

George

 

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