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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 05:50 PM
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Howard Dean Re: Rahm: "Contempt with which he held the progressive wing of party was devastating"
Edited on Tue Sep-28-10 06:11 PM by kpete
Dean Called Rahm's 'Contempt' For Base 'Devastating And Incredibly Demoralizing': Book Excerpt

First Posted: 09-28-10 12:46 PM | Updated: 09-28-10 12:46 PM


Addressing a telling moment in the health care debate, when White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (a frequent Dean critic) called out progressive activists for running ads against conservative Democrats, Berman asked the former DNC Chair for his reaction.

"I'm not looking to pick another fight with Rahm Emanuel, but the contempt with which he held the progressive wing of the party was devastating and incredibly demoralizing," Dean said. "That's basically saying to your own people -- you got us here, now FU."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/28/dean-called-ra...
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 05:53 PM
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1. Nothing but a Wall Street Punk
who has a massive ego problem
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 05:54 PM
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2. The feeling is mutual.
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 06:00 PM
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4. Yup.
So glad he's going, but I don't see his departure as significant unless the whole mindset of the administration changes.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 05:56 PM
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3. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, kpete.
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whathehell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 06:08 PM
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5. Howard Dean is Correct...
Again.
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Carolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 06:08 PM
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6. Says it all doesn't it
Obama adopted Dean's use of the internet and his 50-state strategy yet he CHOSE Rahm... speaks volumes!
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 06:13 PM
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7. Rahm lost me when he made the statement that "Everything is Negotiable"
Edited on Tue Sep-28-10 06:13 PM by Winterblues
No real core beliefs....That was my first indication that the Obama Administration might be a disappointment..If nothing is sacred and everything negotiable, how are we different? What do we then stand for?
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DirkGently Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 06:29 PM
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8. More Dean, less Rahm, please.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 03:08 PM
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21. Very well said. Sadly, I don't think thats gonna happen.
Dean was kicked to the curb for a reason... the writing was on the wall, and we are now just catching up to that fact.

Dime's worth.....
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BzaDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 06:31 PM
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9. Devestating for those who need to be coddled in order to enthusiastically vote, perhaps.
Edited on Tue Sep-28-10 06:34 PM by BzaDem
Not sure it is devastating for anyone else.
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JoeyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 02:58 AM
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13. Or you know, the people that actually need those votes.
We're not the ones running for office that'll be out on our asses if people decide we suck a little too much to bother with.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 06:41 PM
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10. here's another SPOT-ON quote from the book -- >>
"The White House began to believe that they could mobilize their supporters without hearing what their supporters really wanted in terms of specific change," Dean is quoted as saying. "The principal problem with OFA is the same one the president's having. You can't dictate to your base what's going to happen. It's got to be a two-way deal, and it hasn't been."
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 06:48 PM
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11. Amen, Dr Dean. Good riddance Rahm.
Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya, asshole.
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European Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 07:21 PM
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12. +1
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 05:59 AM
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14. I gotta say that attacking members of your own party does seem like a futile electoral strategy.
From which I infer that maintaining control of the party is more important to Rahm - and others whining in similar ways - than winning elections or holding onto control of the Congress.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 08:04 AM
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15. Exactly. They'd rather lose elections by attacking their base
than allow progressive to win control of the party. He also aims at getting a steady stream of corporate donors by siding with the GOP on many issues (his abysmal handling of healthcare comes to mind).
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 09:28 AM
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17. Well, the point is Obama won't get a 2nd term without progressives, with business as usual politics.
So he is going to have to choose if he doesn't want to lose. If he sticks with the "Business as Usual" types he will be a one-termer.
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lfairban Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 09:15 AM
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16. K&R
nt
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PurgedVoter Donating Member (753 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 03:05 PM
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18. K&R nt
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 03:07 PM
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19. K & R nt
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SayitAintSo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 03:08 PM
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20. Dean ... one of the most under appreciated dems by the power brokers
n/t
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marew Donating Member (854 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 03:31 PM
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22. Could not agree more! nt
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 04:28 PM
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23. I like Dean and Rahm.
I wish there had been no power struggle between the two men. :(
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 04:35 PM
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24. I'm on this bus.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 05:49 PM
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25. Yep. Sit down and shut the hell up is what the left has been told. nt
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