2.22.2005

With Victories Like This, Who Needs Defeat?

Y'all know I have a propensity for repeating myself. I have even more of a propensity for quoting others who echo my ideas. In that amiable spirit, I commend to you, "Farewell Hope: The Hogtying of the Deaniacs" by Joshua Frank at Dissident Voice. Excerpts:
The Democrats have finally accomplished something. Yes, I’m talking about Howard Dean’s latest victory, but it’s not what you think. Dean’s scoring of the DNC chair isn’t a win for progressives. Nope, it’s a triumph for the establishment. The Beltway savants have successfully muted the only vibrant contingent within their frail party. The Deaniacs have been corralled.

Howard Dean’s new post has been hailed by many as a huge feat for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party (yeah, what “progressive” wing?). But it is no feat. Not only is Howard Dean a centrist in the most disgusting Clintonesque sense of the term, but his victory this past weekend to head the DNC is also a shot in the head of his passionate supporters. He has sold them out, while taking on the roll of insider, where his new symbolic post within the party will do little more to challenge Democratic policy than, say, MoveOn’s irritating phone calls to Congress . . .

No, this whole DNC thing smells of rot. Let’s hope that the Deaniacs (the few not having multiple orgasms over this “success”) break ranks and hang Howard Dean and the Democrats out to dry like a pair of stanky old socks. That’s the only way victory could ever come out of this calamity . . .
Neenerneenerneeeeeeeener.