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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:07 PM
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Gov Dean: 'Bush Thought He Could Be President For 1/2 Of America-Treated Rest Of Us With Contempt'
Democrats Face a Tough Job, Leader Says

By JEFF ZELENY
Published: December 3, 2006

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 The Democratic National Committee chairman, Howard Dean, warned party leaders on Saturday not to revel too long in the victories from last months midterm elections or treat their Congressional majorities as a permanent directive from voters.

The other party made mistakes in the past claiming that elections are mandates, Mr. Dean said. Elections are not mandates. The voters of this country loaned the Democrats the power of the country for two years. Now its our job to earn it back again.

In a speech to the partys executive committee here, Mr. Dean said that governing is more difficult than campaigning, and declared that Democrats must not squander opportunities to keep building the party. The modest gains winning over evangelical voters, he said, should be strengthened by asserting that moral values are an important part of foreign policy.

If George Bush made any single huge mistake, Mr. Dean said, its that he thought he could be president by being president for half of America and by treating the rest of us with contempt.

more at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/03/washington/03dems.html
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:09 PM
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1. Good statement from Dean, but not quite right...
Bush is President for less than 25% of the America and treats 75% with contempt. The top 5% wealth-wise + 20% of the nation that is evangelical = 25%.

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pansypoo53219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 12:02 AM
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12. he didn't
treat evangelics that well either.
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C_eh_N_eh_D_eh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 10:56 AM
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18. Yes, but at least he pretended to pander to them.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 10:57 PM
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33. He made a special trip to Washington to sign the Terri Schiavo bill. NT
NT
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 03:24 PM
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23. Yeah, Dean was being
kind.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:11 PM
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2. Damn I love Howard Dean
Can we just let him run everything?
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:31 PM
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9. I second that motion! nt
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 12:10 AM
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14. Thirded.
I will ALWAYS love Howard Dean!

:loveya:
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:34 PM
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10. While I read the OP
I was thinking, "Damn, I LOVE Dean"....I guess we're kindred spirits? We're lucky to have him. He's absolutely wonderful.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:12 PM
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3. That's what I love about the good doctor.
He does not mince words.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:17 PM
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4. The saddest thing is that it took SO LONG
for SO MANY of that 50 percent to EVEN KNOW
with what contempt he was treating us.

They bloody well are getting a whiff of it
here in Michigan now.

TOO LATE!
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jesus_of_suburbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:17 PM
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5. Sounds like a politician to me
And that's not a bad thing.

Pander to the hateful. Just make sure when you are in office you vote for the downtrodden.


Just like Bush pandered to all of us but made policies for the top 1% of wealth.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:17 PM
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6. I love that man! We think it & he says it for us.
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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:19 PM
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7. One third of america would be more fitting...
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Ravy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 08:30 AM
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17. You are right. But one third of America could control either political party.
That is a lesson I wish the Green party would learn.
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:23 PM
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8. Howard is my hero
Elections are not mandates. The voters of this country loaned the Democrats the power of the country for two years. Now its our job to earn it back again.

Keep it real, Howard. :thumbsup:
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-02-06 10:50 PM
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11. He's great! recommended
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 12:06 AM
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13. PREACH IT, BROTHER`
I LOVE THIS MAN!!!
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 08:23 AM
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15. Right on.
Bush couldn't give too shits for the dems. I loved watching him eat his humble pie after election day. It was all bullshit, of course, but he can't just ignore us anymore.
Dean rocks.
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Felinity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 08:24 AM
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16. Bears repeating K&R
If George Bush made any single huge mistake, Mr. Dean said, its that he thought he could be president by being president for half of America and by treating the rest of us with contempt.


Should have been said years ago. "Two terms mandate B*" my ass. Having the keys to the kingdom is not the same as being King, except for B*.
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janetle Donating Member (395 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 12:35 PM
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19. Bush hates my family and me
Howard Dean is right. It is a disgusting feeling to love my country the way I do but to realize that the president hates me, my husband and my kids. My husband is a scientist, I was a trial lawyer until I had children, and my kids both speak French and all four of us vote for Democrats.

Although I disagreed with Reagan's policies, I always felt like he accepted us as citizens of our own country. But Bush and Rove would be happy if we just disappeared.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 03:28 PM
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24. It's actually flattering to know
"bush hates me". Look at what he likes..YECHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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StatGirl Donating Member (263 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 05:23 PM
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25. Not even that . . .
To people like Bush, his family, and his social "peers", the other 95% of us are the servant class. They don't care about us enough to hate us.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 03:02 PM
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20. *sigh*
:loveya:

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:D
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KAT119 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 03:09 PM
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21. Howard Power-love him!!
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 03:09 PM
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22. Despite lip service to the contrary at his innaugaral
Indeed, I still wonder if he pulled resources out of military bases in blue states to punish us
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 07:06 PM
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28. Bush is all about revenge. Believe it. New Orleans, anyone?
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 06:08 PM
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26. yet another reminder why both GOP AND DLC were terrified of Dean--a guy who can speak clearly and
honestly.
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seaj11 Donating Member (506 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 06:37 PM
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27. Bush is indeed contemptuous
I was just saying earlier to my boyfriend how sad it makes me that conservatives (in general, not just Bush) have so effectively made us liberals feel like crap and afraid to even speak. That's what I've always loved about Dean he won't take that crap!
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illinoisprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 07:38 PM
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29. Dean is the Best
He is the visionary and the the guy who knows and figures things out the pack never does. His 50 state was the saving of the party for 06.
He should have been president in 08 but, I'll take him for head of the party.
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Ned_Devine Donating Member (996 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 08:09 PM
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30. It's Gov., or Dr. when referencing Dean...
It really bothers me when people write about him as "Mr."
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 08:36 PM
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31. I think the public is expecting some action on climate protection...eom
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LaloBorges Donating Member (115 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 10:51 PM
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32. Dean is the best candidate for 2008
Yes, I know, he made a commitment to not run if he became the head of the Democratic Party and that is sad as he is the most qualified of all the prospects in the Dem party.

Dean/Obama, or Dean/Edwards

That would be the ticket, I think my pick is Dean/Edwards.

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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-04-06 02:39 PM
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34. I don't find it sad.
I like what he's doing for the party.
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