Friday, July 25, 2008

Dr. Dean, please skip the mixed messages

DNC Chairman Howard Dean continues his travels through the southern United States seeking votes for the candidate whose nomination as the Democratic contender he has always welcomed. In Raleigh N.C., Dr. Dean emphasized registering new and undecided voters - a strategy that probably makes sense, since Dr. Dean has made it clear that he believes that his preferred candidate does not need Clinton Democrats to win in November.

Yet at another stop in N.C., Dr. Dean tried the tired but timeless trick of trying to eat his cake and have it too. A friend who had a chance to speak with Dr. Dean told him that the Senator Clinton's delegates are very anxious about the convention and that they need reassurances from the DNC as to how the convention will be conducted. Dr. Dean replied similarly as he has on other recent occasions when asked similar questions. According to the friend, Dr. Dean stated that the rules are clear and that the DNC will follow them. Then, Dr. Dean repeated his line that the "rumors" to the contrary are being spread by "McCain people" and followed that up by saying that if "Hillary wants her name placed in nomination with a roll call vote, then she can have it."

Dr. Dean, I for one (and I know that I am far from the only one), have said over and over that I am in no way shape or form a "McCain person". Not only have I been attempting to contact you as an individual rank and file Democrat for months, but I have gone to great lengths to form, with co-founder, Marc Rubin, The Denver Group, precisely to reach you through the mass media since all other efforts to get your attention have failed.

Telling people one on one that "if Senator Clinton wants her name in nomination, she can have it" is a far cry from treating her with the equal respect you have treated Senator Obama. When you are ready, Dr. Dean, to really show respect for Senator Clinton and your fellow Democrats (that would be me, among others, Dr. Dean, not some vaguely referenced "McCain person"), you will publicly announce that you want and hope that Senator Clinton will in fact make it clear that she is willing to seek the nomination. It remains Senator Clinton's prerogative to do so or not as she sees fit. But it is your responsibility, Dr. Dean, as the party leader preaching unity to actually create the conditions under which real unity, the type that leads to a Democrat winning the White House this year, can come about. For further information, Dr. Dean, check out The Denver Group. We've been trying to reach you, sir, precisely because we would prefer to see a Democrat win this year.

5 Comments:

Blogger Edgeoforever said...

New York times said that calls about that to DNC have been forwarded to the Obama campaign - and Burton told ABC - Chicago that "Hillary will have an important role - even without nomination"
So, at this point, i don't even think dean has any control over the process
http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/puma-on-abc-news/

July 25, 2008 at 11:16 PM  
Anonymous ainnj said...

Heidi,

Your courage, strength and always well reasoned and well written articles are inspiring. You are an amazing person. I hope you know that there are many MANY people out here who, like myself, will be eternally grateful for the incredible and heroic work you are doing.

Dean & Co. know exactly who you and Marc are and what The Denver Group is all about. The DNC and Obama campaign have finally realized that we will not "just get over it" nor will we sit down and shut up. The only recourse left to them now is to "discredit" you, Marc, The Denver Group and any other person or organization which will not support Obama by claiming they are and have always been McCain supporters. While I am sure this junior high technique is probably quite a hit with the under 20 set that comments on Obama's blogs, it's simply a silly tactic. It only furthers the divide in the Democratic party which I think is now beyond repair.

I also must agree with the comment above; Dean has very little, if any, control or influence in this process.

Thanks again Heidi for what you are doing for me, my daughters, Senator Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, and for our country.

July 26, 2008 at 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heidi,

Thank you many times for all your efforts....and your blog! It's a must read and an oasis of sanity. Whenever I feel I'm in Alice's looking glass, I stop by! Thanks again!

July 26, 2008 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger My Name Is Earl said...

If they are not even going to allow the formality of nomination, then I wish HRC (and Bill?) would just walk out of Denver with the comment "I'm sure I have something to do elsewhere", or something like that.

July 26, 2008 at 3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I suggest: press Dean for specific answers regarding the steps in Hillary's progress toward qualifying for nomination.

By my reading of your prior post--DNC convention rules (left a comment there)--she's already met the qualifications for candidate. As head of the DNC, make Dean acknowledge it specifically, in his official capacity.

If he confirms it publicly, you will have established a technical achievement they cannot take away (without revealing a corrupt nominating process).

If he does not, you have an issue that can be broadened immediately, by posing it to Superdelegates, etc.

Assuming he admits the obvious, next press for specific future requirements Hillary must meet for her name to enter nomination.

For example, if Hillary "announces" in the way Obama apparently has, will her name enter nomination? Would the simple "unsuspension" of her campaign accomplish this? What is the deadline for this action and, if there is no firm deadline, when and how will it be set?

I believe it's correct that Obama & accomplices will try to eliminate Hillary from competition, rather than risk a loss. So watch our for vague deadlines such as submitting the nominating documents the "day before the vote" (my wording). Who knows. the vote might suddenly be advanced a day ... or two. Ask Dean for immutable hard dates ... and see if he answers.

July 27, 2008 at 1:46 PM  

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