Dean Didn't Want To Be President In different conversations and in different ways, according to several people who worked with him, Dean said at the peak of his popularity late last year that he never expected to rise so high, that he didn't like the intense scrutiny, that he had just wanted to make a difference. "I don't care about being president," he said. Months earlier, as his candidacy was taking off, he told a colleague: "The problem is, I'm now afraid I might win."
posted by jbou
on Feb 29, 2004 -
As one who has watched with growing nausea as the Howard Dean campaign has smacked up against primary reality and disintegrated, this lengthy article offers some useful truths. While the post mortem is far from over, this cogent analysis by Clay Shirky from "Many 2 Many" points out how so many of us could have been so blinded by the process . . . while still having reason for hope.
posted by mooncrow
on Feb 5, 2004 -
Dean is out of cash.
Somehow he blew through $40 million and still managed to leave the first Super Tuesday without a first or second place finish, anywhere.
No mistake about his Meet the Press interview
, though, which was felt as an incredibly strong and persuasive performance. It's obvious that Dean overestimated his grass-roots support, which has currently dried up, but the amount of publicity he has generated is surely a huge advantage. Two options come to mind: blow out the Washington Insiders (as he alluded to in his latest interview), or become more of a traditional candidate.
posted by BlueTrain
on Feb 4, 2004 -
It has been said that reality is all about perspective -- a camera is a pinhole view of the world that frequently filters out much of the story. With that in mind, check out this video of the familiar "I have a scream" speech by Dean
. I'm no Dean supporter, but from down in the trenches it doesn't look nearly as bad as it played on TV. Obviously the video you've seen on the news has the best part and the audience noise turned down, but from this vantage point, the speech almost seems appropriate for the crowd and the moment (but was still a lapse in judgement to forget cameras were rolling). I hope this isn't too subtle of a point -- forget all the politics involved -- this is a fascinating look at a familiar scene that was looped for the past week, but from an entirely different perspective and a different story emerges. [via Vidiot
posted by mathowie
on Jan 30, 2004 -
Has Howard Dean Sold Out?
One of the most prominent themes of the Dean's insurgency campaign, was the call to "Throw the Bums Out!" Dean, in most speeches talks about his rivals as "Washington and Party Insiders", and he draws contrast with himself. One of his battle cries has been to get rid of the "special interests" and "take back America" for the people.
Why then, has Dean fired his campaign manager Joe Trippi
, who is often credited with the candidate's fast rise and strong organization, and replaced him with Roy Neel
, former adviser in the Al Gore 2000 presidential campaign, and former chief lobbyist for the U.S. Telecom Association
? (A nice combo of a "Washington Insider" and a "Special Interest," if there is one)
Howard, what happened to "taking America back" from the Special Interests?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood
on Jan 28, 2004 -
Howard Dean seems to be on record
as stating that citizens should be required to use a government-issued ID before they can log on to the Internet. He also seems to say that PC manufacturers should be required to add card-readers to all of their PC products to facilitate this. Read for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
posted by DWRoelands
on Jan 27, 2004 -
Whatever happened to Howard Dean?
"He was assassinated by Bill and Hillary with the assistance of Chris Lehane, the political hit man who first worked for Kerry and now backs Clark.
Desperate to keep control of the Democratic Party, the Clintons used their negative researchers and detectives to the ultimate and generated a story-a-day savaging Dean. The Vermont governor, not ready for prime time, cooperated by being thin-skinned, surly and combative. "
caveat: I'm not trolling, but as a democrat I find this interesting. Ok, nauseating.
posted by mecran01
on Jan 24, 2004 -
"The Media vs. Howard Dean."
Salon (subscription or Flash ad viewing required) observes that the media have been doing everything in their power to attach negative labels to US presidential candidate Howard Dean. Will the adage that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" prevail? Meanwhile, the Internet is increasing in relevance as a news source
, according to a recent survey. Which websites do you peruse for political coverage, if any?
posted by Eloquence
on Jan 13, 2004 -
Dean in for Bush-Whacking?
A new poll shows President Bush would clobber Democratic front-runner Howard Dean by nearly 2-1 in politically potent New Hampshire - even though Dean has a giant lead over Democratic rivals in the state. Bush gets 57 percent to Dean's 30 percent among registered voters in the American Research Group poll.
posted by dagny
on Dec 12, 2003 -
Dean Campaign and Revival of Community.
Robert Putnam's book Bowling Alone
charted the decline of communities in America, arguing that people tended to no longer to meet others outside the family for common interests or causes. The NYTimes Magazine argues that the Dean Campaign derives its popularity from reviving such communal connections. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Dec 7, 2003 -
Dean can't carry the south.
The New Republic's Jonathan Chait writes in response to Dean's flag gaffe: "What's alarming here is not that Dean wants to win votes from guys with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks. It's that he thinks he actually can... His aggressive secularism, association with civil unions, and antiwar stance all make him culturally anathema in the South. This is one of the many, many reasons Dean would be squashed like a bug in the general election if nominated: Bush could take the South for granted, and concentrate all his resources on battleground states like Pennsylvania. "
posted by gregb1007
on Nov 9, 2003 -
Dean forgoes federal campaign funds.
This goes contrary to his beliefs, although favors his campaign considering he's the front-runner. Why the ideological shift?
You might ask why I'm linking to the Des Moines Register, since every major newspaper is carrying this story anyway. Well, a little more than a week ago, Dean made some rather off-color remarks
to this same paper. Edwards is now calling him out
on two of his latest twists. Not that I think Edwards stands a chance of winning, considering he blatantly came out against gay marriage on the program. But, Edwards has a point, and Dean seems to be stumbling.
posted by BlueTrain
on Nov 9, 2003 -
Build your own Howard Dean website!
The Dean campaign has released web site "kits" under the GNU GPL and based on the Drupal
codebase, which allow web-based communities to quickly and easily build their own sites to support Dean's campaign. Last night, he held a conference call
with over 3,500 "house parties" and individuals to spread the word. If Dean gets the nomination, he'll have technology to thank for it.
(yeah, via slashdot.)
posted by jpoulos
on Sep 30, 2003 -
Republicans for Dean...
but not in the way you might think. An interesting op-ed piece by David Brooks on why a Dean candidacy might be good news for the Bush team. (NYTimes, but no registration required.)
posted by UKnowForKids
on Sep 16, 2003 -
is a new service from the Dean Campaign. Dean
. The tech savvy presidential campaign strikes again. What's next? DeanTorrent? Where do you think all this technology will go after the campaign is over?
posted by cjoh
on Sep 11, 2003 -
is an open development community providing web-tools, support, and advice to Howard Dean's supporters. The goal is to better interlink existing web activism, bring new citizen participants into the political process, and assist individuals to network and organize for taking action in Howard Dean's presidential campaign.
According to some
, this could be another sign of the approaching singularity
. Smart mobs
on election day anyone?
posted by cbrody
on Aug 8, 2003 -
Howard Dean is closing in
on the lead in New Hampshire, with 16% to Kerry's 17%. Dean
is appealing to voters by being outspoken
in an environment in which many of his fellow democrats are submissive to Bush's approval rating, and due to anticipation of his universal health care
plan, which he is soon to unveil. Already established as the most net-savvy candidate, Dean has hundreds of real-life meetups
planned for today.
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly
on Jun 4, 2003 -
The First Democratic Debates
were last night, but you wouldn't know it from the media's coverage. Barely a story on CNN. Howard Dean stole the night, with over a hundred screaming supporters outside the debates. The only person there with supporters was the blogging
Presidential Candidate. There were students there from U.C. Berkley, Washinton, Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. All thanks to the power of blogspot, and meetup
. Whether or not Dean gets the nomination, this will be a campaign for the history books. They'll be on c-span all day today.
posted by cjoh
on May 4, 2003 -
Howard Dean writes
about the Bush doctrine (and more) for Common Dreams
"I am what is commonly referred to as a social liberal and a fiscal conservative."
In other words, he's not only about the war, it's the economy stupid.
posted by CrazyJub
on Apr 19, 2003 -
You know he's the blogging Presidential candidate
but did you know that he's also the Meetup
candidate? Over ten thousand people met yesterday in coffee houses across the country to discuss this candidate's election possibility. Are we witnessing the first true Internet candidate here? Grass roots/netroots, something interesting is happening with this candidate. He's tied with Kerry in New Hampshire.
posted by cjoh
on Apr 3, 2003 -
Get to know that name because you will likely be hearing it often in the coming months. The Governor of Vermont is currently the only Democratic presidential contender who has officially declared his candidacy. He is gaining press nationally and internationally as a potential breath of fresh air on the American political landscape. An interesting mix of liberal populism and traditional conservative fiscal responsibility, he is known to rub colleges from both sides of the ideological spectrum the wrong way. Regardless of your opinion on his politics, do you think this man have a shot? Do the proverbial square pegs in the Democratic and GOP round holes ever stand a chance? Will the Bush and Gore juggernauts forever push differing ideas into the realm of third parties or is there room for descent from within?
posted by EmoChild
on Aug 27, 2002 -