Ed Driscoll

Without The Machine, Dean Is A Scream

Well, a scream waiting to happen again at least. In the latest of his controversial (to say the least) utterings, Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said in San Francisco this week:

Republicans are “a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party.”

Patrick Ruffini notes that part of the problem is that Dean alone isn’t the same man who had a powerful team of old DNC pros handling his campaign in 2003, and made it appear much more influential then it actually was (hence its implosion and the classic Dean scream):

Four months of Dean have made it abundantly clear that DFA’s initial success organizationally was due to the brilliance and tech-savvy of Joe Trippi, Mathew Gross, Zephyr Teachout, et al. They are the ones who constructed this narrative of a grassroots movement, of a community more important than the candidate, and in the process-driven, fundraising-mad pre-primary period, it was enough to deflect attention away from Dr. Dean’s fatal personality flaws. Simply by running the first four miles of the campaign marathon as a sprint, they appeared to be far ahead of everyone else; what they actually did