January 29, 2004

BUBBLE BURSTS

Only a short while ago, Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi was the man who would deliver Dean to the White House via modem:

Trippi's Internet savvy and penchant for old-fashioned political trench warfare have proved an effective combination in Howard Dean's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Internet has been a fixture of sorts in two previous presidential campaigns. But admirers say it took Trippi to capitalize on its explosive potential to spread word of mouth at the speed of bytes.

Now hes been fired.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 29, 2004 04:59 PM
Comments

Why fire this guy except as a scapegoat? Dean had come out of nowhere thanks to this guy's strategies. Then Dean screamed on national TV. Dean should've fired himself.

Posted by: John in Tokyo at January 29, 2004 at 07:32 PM

I understand that Dean brought in someone new and Trippi resigned.

Whatever.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 29, 2004 at 07:41 PM

You know, as bizarre as the primary system is (let's have three or four of the LEAST typical states pick for us and skew the whole process toward tax relief and ethanol subsidies), there is something about it that's good in how it forces the candidates to behave under a kind of pressure and reveal something of themselves.

Now we know that after 9-11, Howard Dean would have changed Secretaries of State three times in a futile attempt to appease France. That's important to know.

Posted by: Mike G at January 29, 2004 at 10:22 PM

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaarrrrrggghhhh!!!! ONLY SECOND PLACE?!?! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: HOWARD DEAN!!!! at January 30, 2004 at 05:32 AM

To: Trippi, Joe

From: Me

RE: White House Delivery System

Joe: A modem is sooooooo '90's.

Thanks,

The Management

Posted by: Roger Bournival at January 30, 2004 at 05:59 AM

The whole primary thing gets me too. Why can't the parties just choose their own candidates like ours do? It would cost far less money and would mean that the politicians would not be annoying the populace so much.

Posted by: Toryhere at January 30, 2004 at 07:35 AM

`You're fired', is word of mouth travelling at the speed of bytes.No,someone disagrees. Well, let me say this, if your guvnor were to say to you, you're fired', tell me it wouldn't hurt.

Also, the bit about Dean requesting his staff to forego payment until he can find some cash is suggestive:

Staff to Dean and each other: You/He would like us to work unpaid for a while ,until, of course, you can find some money.

Dean: Yeeeeeeeeesssssssss Sirrrrrrrrr, Yehaaaaaaah. Weeeeeeeere In This Together, So We Can Shake My Fist AT G.W.Bush, Mr.EEEEEEEEEEVIl.


Staff:General rhubarb of which this is one:

Yeh, Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaahhhh, bugger off.


Posted by: d at January 30, 2004 at 09:17 AM

To be fair, he was offered a demotion, and he turned it down.
Not that this will help Dean and his 'outsider' campaign.

Posted by: Geoff Matthews at January 30, 2004 at 10:06 AM

Well, at least we now know why Dean took a day off from campaigning...

Serf-size his workers, pull all his adverts, fire his 15% Campaign Manager, hire the Insider, a busy day.

If Nader runs again, I know where his new base is.

Posted by: Timothy Lang at January 30, 2004 at 05:51 PM

The whole primary thing gets me too. Why can't the parties just choose their own candidates like ours do? It would cost far less money and would mean that the politicians would not be annoying the populace so much.

Do you really want the Americans to have to go through nearly two years of their equivalent of Simon Crean?

He was like a bizarre amalgam of the Democrat front-runners, minus Charisma.

When you were out-Charisma-ed by John Howard, consistently, you got real problems, especially since the media considers Howard's charisma as a "weakness"

Oy vey.

Posted by: Quentin George at February 1, 2004 at 10:23 AM