February 07, 2004


"Giving is the sacrament that brings the Dean community together," writes Jim Moore. Howard’s Deanie Babies reached a point of Lego-like togetherness in the past day; they’ve horked up $711,595 to keep their man in the race. Well, at least until Wisconsin:

Howard Dean sent an overnight e-mail message to supporters saying he would quit the Democratic presidential race if he did not win the Wisconsin primary on Feb. 17.

Dean is young, but I can’t imagine him making sequential, Gephardt-style tilts at the Presidency in 2008 and beyond. He was only viable in 2004 because of fuming anti-war sentiment among the Democrat base. Without that, he’s just some doctor from Vermont who likes to yell. And, for whatever reason, the loud northern medico sector of the US population is massively under-represented in the history of successful Presidential candidates.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 7, 2004 12:00 AM

Somebody stick a fork in Howie - he's done.

Posted by: mojo at February 7, 2004 at 02:05 AM

Dean is a dead man walking and everyone knows it except the Deanie babies who are still throwing good money after bad. After the way his campaign burned through $40 million and went broke within a week after the actual voting started (and this being the guy promoting his balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility) you've got to wonder why anyone would fork over any more to him.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at February 7, 2004 at 02:08 AM

I keep telling people, Dean's campaign is not dead.

Posted by: dorkafork at February 7, 2004 at 02:32 AM

And you know something? You know something? We're going to Wisconsin and we're going to Wisconsin, and we're goint to ... um ... Wisconsin. And then we're going to Wisconsin until my medication runs out. YEEEEEAAAAAGH!!!

Posted by: Bob Bunnett at February 7, 2004 at 06:36 AM

Wisconsin is the state most like Vermont. He may actually pull it off.

Posted by: dazed at February 7, 2004 at 07:41 AM

I finally found a great explanation of what the Yearrghh!!! was all about. (Off-color humor)

Posted by: Bravo Romeo Delta at February 7, 2004 at 07:50 AM

"Wisconsin is the state most like Vermont." Really? Having been born here, and having lived here all of my life, I'm pretty sure I know what Wisconsin is like. Let's compare:
Vermont - New England. Wisconsin - Midwest.
Vermont - Rural. Wisconsin - (Harley Davidson, Miller beer, Briggs and Stratton, Milwaukee tools, Golden Publishing, Trek Bicycles, etc) Light industrial manufacturing.
Vermont - No gun law. Wisconsin - CCW just failed.

Where is this simularity? Our present Gov is a middle of the road Dem. He replaced an idiot from the GOP. Prior to that, it was 12? 16? years of Thompson (GOP). The only reason we have a Demo for Gov is that Thompson's brother ran (ala Perot) and took a major part of the GOP vote. I looked at Doyle (Demo) and McCallum (GOP) and voted Thompson. Doyle is probably more of a republican than McCallum.

Wisconsin is very similar to Minnesota. Not Vermont.

Posted by: Joe at February 7, 2004 at 09:18 AM

Geez Joe, mellow out!

I'm a grad of UW-Madison ('86) and while I live in New York now, I still get back to Wisconsin every summer (Lake Geneva, Madison, Milwaukee, Hayward, Door County...)

Dazed isn't completely off base although I don't believe Dean will pull "it" off (unless "it" is a straightjacket!). Today's numbers had Dean in fifth place with 8% of the vote. Union members in Milwaukee will look at the Gephardt endorsement of Kerry and probably vote for him. Students in Madison may vote Dean (although my friends still living there, post university, like Clark). In fact, Dane County may vote for Dean but after everything, it will be Kerry. He's unstoppable until November when Bush takes the state (barely) in the general election.

Have a Leinenkugel. Let's go, Badgers!

Posted by: JDB at February 7, 2004 at 10:27 AM

"He was only viable in 2004 because of fuming anti-war sentiment among the Democrat base"

The thing is he wasn't viable at all. There was hype, but the minute there was actual voting it was over.

Posted by: David at February 7, 2004 at 12:08 PM

This is fairly pedantic, but I don't think Mr. Gephardt has never made consecutive bids for the presidency. He started off well back in 1988, but then, like every other decent Democrat, shied away in 1992 since Bush pere looked unbeatable at the time (thus paving the way for Bill Clinton), stood aside while Clinton ran for reelection in 1996 and when Al Gore ran in 2000.

Posted by: charles austin at February 7, 2004 at 12:56 PM

I'm in Madison. I'm not sure the students will vote for Dean. I see them as more Dennis "Tinhat" voters.
I'm sad to say my Mother, following my deceased father's lifelong blue collar mindless voting habits, actually went to see Clark speak.
Sad, very sad. Good news is my second son is legal to vote as of next month. He's yet another member for the gun voting crowd. As is his brother. I advised them to be single issue voters until the Demos get it.

Posted by: joe at February 7, 2004 at 02:03 PM

I still want to download that scream as a ringtone on my cellular phone.

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector at February 7, 2004 at 03:04 PM

You'll make nearby children cry every time you get a call.

Posted by: Sortelli at February 7, 2004 at 03:40 PM