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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 01:04 PM
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4. Dean's "grassroots cash was a genuine threat to Party Brass..."
Given that this is how big money works for Washington Democrats, it is little wonder that Schwartz wanted to punish Dean for challenging the DC norm, even if the presidential hopeful had only stumbled into the role of maverick progressive by accident. The truth is, Schwartz didnt want this new base of Democratic activists to take over the party he did business with.

Evidently, Deans movement scared the money-hungry Democrats right out of their thousand-dollar suits. McAuliffe, Reed, Kerry, Gephardt, and the Clintons were terrified of what he could do to the party they worked so hard to build during the 1990s. It didnt matter that Dean was ideologically aligned with these centrist Democrats -- his grassroots cash was a genuine threat to party brass.


Unfortunately, Dean forgot to mention that Kerry and the Democrats never planned on bringing real transformation even if Kerry had won, which well get to later.

The Dean saga shows just how far right we are politically in the United States. Many have theories as to how this gross Democratic mindset unfolded, but the fact is, this trend is here to stay, and working within the party -- though noble in some regards -- cannot produce genuine shifts in ideological values, especially at the national level. Regrettably, even when there are signs that progressive challenges will alter the status quo of Washington politics, they all die a not-so-pleasant death.

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