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Today's the day for us to show coordinated solidarity with the man who is leading the charge to reform the Democratic Party.

Listen to what William Rivers Pitt has to say about Dean:

Every time Dean fires off one of his salvos, reporters flip open their notebooks. Headlines get made, discussion begins, and a whole lot of people start debating the facts and merits of his statements. Is the Republican leadership run by right-wing yahoos? Is DeLay going to jail? Controversy begets press. Dean can see, as well as anyone else, how effective the moderate, soft-touch, treading-lightly approach has been working lately for the Democrats.

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William Rivers Pitt (cont)

But how are we going to win those white Christian middle-America voters to our side by having Dean basically call them out? asks the ruffled Democratic leadership. The answer to this lies at the heart of what the Democratic party has been failing at for a while now. The voters who are supposedly going to be alienated by this kind of talk are the very same voters who look for guts, strength and straight talk from the leadership of this country. All too often, Democratic leaders come off sounding like they are saying seven things at once, leaving the impression that their spines are somewhat slippery. Boldness, on the other hand, begets confidence, even in disagreement.

Or read Dana Blankenhorn:

Harry Truman famously said, in response to calls that he "Give `em Hell," that "I just tell the truth and they think it's hell." It brought him victory in an election Truman had no business winning, in 1948, an election that really kept Democrats dominant for 20 years, despite the rise of suburbia, and made possible both the Warren Court and the Civil Rights movement.

No Democrat on Earth has Howard Dean's political brilliance. No one else has his instincts. He's not crazy, he's not angry, he's not mad. He's giving people the truth, and those who hear it are responding.

Or Thom Hartmann:
The simple truth is that corporate interests have hijacked our nation, theocrats want to take us back to the days of the Salem Witch Trials (with gays playing the part of witches), and the "stars" in the corporate "mainstream" media have been so terrified by Bush administration threats of loss of access (which could then lead to the loss of their own 6- and 7-figure income jobs) that they perpetuate administration lies and tremble at the thought of actually asking a tough follow-up question when Bush prevaricates.

Howard Dean points out these uncomfortable truths. And, like the little boy who said that the Emperor had no clothes, those entrenched in the status quo are trying to hush him up.

Or Rob Kall:

So... Howard is making some of the spine-challenged democrats uncomfortable. That's exactly why we wanted him, because the centrist democrats don't have the balls to say what needs to be said. We knew when Dean was given the job, he'd be pushing the envelope. Now he's doing it. The grousing from a handful of democrats is actually a positive sign. If he was not getting some complaints then he would be failing to meet our expectations for speaking out-- truth to power.

There are a lot of elected Democrats who failed to vote against the bankruptcy bill and who allowed the compromise that is putting three of the most offensive judges in history into positions of influence. The outrage and outcry should be about those gutless wonder Democrats, not Dean.

But you don't have to be an eloquent blogger or op-ed writer to speak up for Dean. I wrote the following letter to the editor of my local paper myself:

The Press Democrat recently published an article about large donors to the Democratic Party "concerned about Howard Dean" and withholding their checks. Yet Dr. Dean raised more money for the Democratic National Committee in a non-election year than any prior DNC chair.

How is he doing it without big donors?  It appears that every time Dr. Dean makes one of his publicized "gaffes", Republicans act outraged, the press lambastes him, and working-class Democrats get inspired to send another $20 to the DNC in support.

Why? Because Dean is steadfastly defending core Democratic populist values: social security, health care, education, workers' rights, and election reform. He's the GOP's worst nightmare. Small wonder that they love to twist his words.

And Dr. Dean's plans for the DNC is threatening to large Democratic party donors and insiders. He intends to move the bulk of party operations away from Washington and focus on state and county organizations - where elections are won. Grassroots Democrats love the idea.

Howard Dean's reformed Democratic Party would appear to be targeted towards the interests of voters, rather than catering to the highest bidder.

Obviously, Howard Dean is scary. Unless you are one of the common people.

I know you guys can do better than me. Use this diary to share what you've written or said.

Here's what you can do:

  1. Enlist your friends. Let folks know about this and encourage them to participate.
  2. Give money to the DNC.
  3. Call Democratic Elected Officials in the House and Senate
  4. Sign the Dean Speaks for Me Petition
  5. Write Letters to the Editor


Originally posted to It Came From Malacandra on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 09:55 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Just do it. (4.00)
    Let's show the power of the netroots as a force to be reckoned with within the Democratic Party!

    June 15th is Support Howard Dean Day so... Spread the word. Give to the DNC. Write your reps and your editor.

    by Malacandra on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 09:59:57 AM PDT

  •  Donated (4.00)
    through Act Blue:

    I notice there is a nice spike in contributions today (at least couple thousand or so today alone...about $9000 since Biden's comments). Why not help it along!

    Delenda est Sinclair!

    by mole333 on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 10:08:50 AM PDT

    •  Another week's entertainment budget (none)
      out the window. Oh well.

      Sometimes you see a good film and you think that was worth the $10 ticket, the $5 dollar popcorn, and the $4 drink.

      Sometimes you buy a nice bottle of wine or a bit of craft work and you think, $25 but I liked it.

      A few CDs, a campy T-shirt...and you think if I prorate it over the lifetime of use it's like .01 cents an hour for the joy of it all.

      It may be odd but I am finding just a little too much joy in sending Dean money eveerytime he pisses of some talking head or "Democrat*" insider.  An Lawdy when he gets Cheney talking...THAT IS worth the price of admission.

      Please. Nobody respond to this post with a "Dean just made me quit and join the White Christian Party" comment or I might just have to whip out the wallet again. I am not sure how much longer I can go on paying it forward.

      * I love when I get to use a Republican Talking Point.

      •  Ummm (none)
         "Dean just made me quit and join the White Christian Party"

        Now go donate some more : -)

        I also get more pleasure than I should donating and watching the bats hit grand slams. DFA already raised more than $60,000 in one day. The ActBlue DNC donation site jumped at least $12,000 today if I remember this morning's numbers right. Plus there are many other ways people are donating to the DNC. Not bad!

        Delenda est Sinclair!

        by mole333 on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:25:03 PM PDT

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  •  diary self-promo: Support Dean vs. Tribune (none)
    I posted the Rapid Response for Illinois alert on the Chicago Tribune's Dean bashing earlier today... Support our chairman through your Letters to the Editor at the Trib...

    Chicago Tribune Bashes Dean, out of context of course


  •  The Bat is Back!! at DFA (none)

    with a press release from Jim Dean about Cheney's attack on Dean's family...

    Deaniacs alert...I've contributed to BOTH the DNC in Dean's name, and to the DFA bat...

  •  Thanks, Malacandra! (none)
    I did it, just donated.

    I'd like to swing the DFA bat too, but I'm going to wait; I'm having a House Party next week to raise funds for DFA, will make for a bigger swing.

  •  Damn, Dean donation duplicated (none)
    dis Dailykos Dean donation deal did devastate da Discover card.

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