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Response to AnneD (Reply #38)

Fri May 31, 2013, 05:28 PM

55. Well, he WAS eventually selected to chair the Democratic National Committee.

We-the-People practically had to hold the DNC at knifepoint to push that one through.

Back in 2005 they set up listening events in various cities around the country. The one in L.A. was downtown, and I went to it. Had to walk for blocks because there was no more parking. They were canvassing grassroots Dems to see who we wanted for DNC chair. They had a couple of flabby offerings including the guy from Colorado who's a so-called Dem but anti-choice. Tim Roemer I think it was. They were really pushing hard for one of these anointed ones, and our crowd wasn't having ANY of it. It was a packed room, standing room only along the sides, every seat in this auditorium taken, people squeezing through the doorway and spilling out into the hallway outside the door. Multitudes of more questioners than there was time provided, and everybody was allowed only two minutes each. I know. I was one of many for whom they didn't have time, and I think I recall they extended the meeting by an hour to try to accommodate the onslaught of people, and they still didn't get to MANY of us. They passed out these red cards and green cards and we were supposed to vote by holding up whatever color card was signified. The whole auditorium was awash with upstretched hands holding green cards when Dr. Dean's name was called. I think out of the hundreds who were there, there were maybe half-a-dozen cards that went up for the preferred candidates of the DNC panel up on stage, when their names were called. It was almost literally by acclamation. We were UNDETERRED, and we were NOT going to entertain any other DNC chair selection but Howard Dean. It was interesting to watch the reactions onstage - this was clearly not what they were expecting OR what they thought was the better way.

And it worked. Evidently every other listening event produced the same results. The DNC officials were overwhelmed. Their preferred candidates went NOWHERE. It was a total rout for the Good Doctor. And sure enough, he was selected. They couldn't afford to go against this tsunami of grassroots opinion, and it didn't matter what kind of little regard they had for us or how insignificant were our views and preferences. They were forced to cave. They didn't approve of his "50-State Strategy." Maybe they thought it was quaint. Or maybe they thought it should all be Beltway or NO way. Well, they didn't get their way this time!

And let's think back to the results of Dr. Dean taking the helm: the very next election cycle, in 2006, the Dems got the House back. In 2008, we kept the House and got the White House back. And then after that he stepped down. Unfortunately for all of us. I'm pretty certain that if he'd stayed, we might have been able to stave off the vomit surge of teabaggers that took over in 2010 and are still trying to drag us down into Hell. (Thanks DEBBIE... )

Dr. Dean ROCKS. Then, Now, and ALWAYS. His "50-State Strategy" WORKED. And we should have stayed with it.

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