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  •  Dean is not in charge of the Senate campaign (1+ / 0-)
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    Dean is head of the DNC, the group that is actually funding grassroots Democratic organizing on a national level.

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    by jps on Thu Nov 15, 2007 at 10:37:08 PM PST

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    •  Update on The Bride Of Chucky (0+ / 0-)

      Actually, it's not Dr. Dean... it's Chuck Shumer.

      Here's a candid from last week's vote on Mukasey:

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      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Thu Nov 15, 2007 at 11:06:51 PM PST

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    •  He Funds It (1+ / 0-)
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      The head of the DNC also substantially funds the Senate campaign. And coordinates it with all the "free" resources that are part of the Party infrastructure. The DNC is the org that actually gets out the vote, the brand under which they marshall 35M+ voters to donate and vote. Of course the Senate campaign is subordinate to the Party's strategy.

      Or do you think that Dean succeeded in ripping the Party away from all the politicians elected as Democrats?

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 06:58:35 AM PST

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      •  What am I missing? (0+ / 0-)

        I thought that, yes, the DNC funds campaigns but there are other funding sources such as DLC and various caucuses- caucusi?  In other words, senators are autonomous campaigners and have their own elite organizations and sources of money; Dean has money to spend but is more interested in the national stage. Therefore, he has influence but very little control and individual senators are free to ignore him or, as happened, try to get him fired while taking credit for his successes in 06. I welcome corrections to this superficial knowledge.

    •  Yeah. You got it wrong gonzo (0+ / 0-)

      Dean has very little control over the Senate.  His role, as I understand it (and I'm no expert), is purely political...he's head of the party machine.  Seems like this would give him a lot of power with senators but he has enemies in Congress: Harold Ford and Emanuel come to mind.

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