Howard Dean getting desperate

posted at 9:06 am on April 18, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Apparently, Howard Dean saw the same presidential debate we did at Hot Air. He told Wolf Blitzer on CNN yesterday that the superdelegates have to make their decision now in order to avoid losing another three months to John McCain (via Memeorandum):

An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for – and “I need them to say who they’re for starting now.”

“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” the Democratic National Committee Chairman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’ve got to know who our nominee is.”

After facing criticism for a mostly hands-off leadership style during much of the primary season, Dean has been steadily raising the rhetorical pressure on superdelegates. He said Thursday that roughly 65 percent of them have made their preference plain, but that more than 300 have yet to make up their minds.

Yeeargh! Dean finds himself in a tough spot after Wednesday’s Democratic debacle. The more the last two contenders get seen, the worse they both do. Barack Obama got his worst beating of the campaign, tempered only by the glee Hillary Clinton showed in helping deliver it. The supporters of both candidates have begun to tear each other to shreds over it, and the Republicans continue to enjoy the spectacle.

If this goes on for even another month, the Democrats will wind up electing John McCain — literally, if one reads the polls. The bitterness between the Obama and Hillary camps has become so large that almost a fifth of Democrats claim they will vote for John McCain when their preferred Democrat loses the nomination. Dean needs to find some way to bring this disaster to a screeching halt in time to salvage the losers before they become part of the McCain Democrats.

Unfortunately, as even Dean admits, he’s there to enforce the rules and not to change them. The superdelegates can announce whatever they want, but they’re uncommitted by rule until they actually cast a ballot at the convention. Dean can only stop this runaway train if he can convince one candidate or the other to withdraw. If Hillary wins Pennsylvania by anything more than three points, he won’t have a prayer of succeeding.


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So what’s Howard going to do if they don’t choose, tear up and blubber?

Maybe if he spent less time giving direct aid and comfort to our enemies in Iraq and spent more time doing his job, this might not have occurred.

Dean is a failed quack of a physician who has botched his new job as well. Big surprise.

NoDonkey on April 18, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Apparently for Howard Dean, the people in the remaining states should not have a say. What do you call a society that does not allow its citizens to voice their opinions????

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 18, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Wasn’t it James Carville that “wonderful” Dem strategist and loyal Clintonista that said, (and I’m paraphrasing here), “The good news is that we can’t lose in November unless we totally self-destruct from within. The bad news is we are perfectly capable of doing that.”

sdd on April 18, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Apparently for Howard Dean, the people in the remaining states should not have a say. What do you call a society that does not allow its citizens to voice their opinions????

Heh.

“We don’t need your opinions. We know best. We’ll tell you what you need to believe.”

Yeah, THAT’LL make it all better. Even Democrat voters are stubbornly American in wanting to vote and to voice their opinions. This won’t be lost on them, me thinks.

mjk on April 18, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 18, 2008 at 9:11 AM

*sigh* A party’s primary isn’t “society”, and the public doesn’t have the right to oh I see, Operation Chaos. Carry on then.

Darth Executor on April 18, 2008 at 9:16 AM

/savoring

One thing you can count in Democrats is their petty childishness, which is why both Hillary and Barack’s supporters will vote for McCain (or more likely stay home on election day) when one gets the nod over the other.

Grafted on April 18, 2008 at 9:17 AM

This won’t be lost on them, me thinks.

mjk on April 18, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Yes it will, because nobody actually listens to Deanie now that he’s not really relevant anymore.

Darth Executor on April 18, 2008 at 9:17 AM

No one listens to Howard Dean.

CP on April 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Funny how he brings it up before a Clinton win in PA.

Pam on April 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Dean is finding out that herding cats is more productive than trying to eliminate self interest from the superdelegate’s decision making process. As Obama’s negatives rise, those on the fence tremble at the thought of pulling a Bill Richardson move and having it be wrong. Whipsawed!! Even more interesting would be if supers committed to Barry, see the handwriting on the wall in Denver and switch to Her Majesty. Talk about chaos.

a capella on April 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Time for another batch of catnip-infused popcorn, I see.

Dean is most entertaining.

Here’s the odd part, to me.

Obambi is ahead in the “real” numbers, at least the numbers we were all told were “real” back in 2000 – votes cast. He has the most delegates, although not enough to clinch.

You’d think he’d be out there screaming, right along with Dean (or maybe *at* Dean) to end this thing.

So, what does the lack of a decision here represent?

Is this a measuring stick for the power the Clintons have over the Dem party, that they *can’t* shut her up?

Mew

acat on April 18, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Someone send Dean a gallon of gas for his Demoncratic Convention. It should be a real barn burner!

saved on April 18, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Maybe if Dean screamed at the superdelegates….

NNtrancer on April 18, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Is Dean in the tank for Obama, too?

Blake on April 18, 2008 at 9:31 AM

If I were a Superdelegate, about this time, I would be asking myself why the hell am I going to waste my vote on either of these two numbskulls, and would be seriously looking into writing in another candidate instead.

And don’t tell me that terrifying thought hasn’t crossed Howie Dean’s pinhead mind.

pilamaye on April 18, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Super Delegates: You are in control, don’t let some one push you around. Dean is acting like a Republican (telling you how to run your life), fight him, show him you are an independent…you are a Democrat, independent in your thinking, in your beliefs, and it is incumbent of you to weigh all of the facts and make the most important decision in your life. The sand is shifting, if you decide to quickly, an important opportunity may be lost forever…America needs you to be clear headed and not bullied, stand for what you believe in, and make your choice on your timetable. That is what the convention is for. You have already lost two states votes because of “rules and bullies” don’t let them take away your vote. Your vote can’t be bullied out of you, before you are ready…stand tough.

right2bright on April 18, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Ooooh, I hope this keeps up until the convention. The shorter the time between officially choosing a nominee, the more likely the hard feelings will remain. The longer they have to think and regroup, the harder time we will have.

Remember a couple of months ago, how all the Fred supporters, Mitt supporters, etc, were all going to stay home? How much of that do we hear now?

JamesLee on April 18, 2008 at 9:36 AM

It’s definitely time for Howard Dean to do his famous scream one more time. And then put his tail between his legs and disappear.

Travis1 on April 18, 2008 at 9:37 AM

“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” the Democratic National Committee Chairman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’ve got to know who our nominee is.”

May my gracious Lord forgive me for chortling with glee at this statement.

Sweet.

Bob's Kid on April 18, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Dean is a clown trying to pretend that he’s important.. He is close though.. try impotent..

DaveC on April 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Ok, so remind me again how we’re supposed to tell the difference between the desperate and flailing Dean from the everyday variety just plain buffoonish Dean?

He’s always come across as goofy, and sortof like watching a GM unibody that’s been tagged crab down the road at about 10 degrees off straight, imho.

Wind Rider on April 18, 2008 at 9:45 AM

So, in addition to not seating FL and MI, Dean now wants to disenfranchise PA, GU, NC, IN, WV, KY, OR, PR, MT, & SD.

Dusty on April 18, 2008 at 9:47 AM

What if they go to MICHIGAN, then take back the White House!!!!!!!

Language warning…
Chappelle skewering the Booby Dean

And the real thing…what a nut.

YEARGHHH!!!!

benrand on April 18, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Burn, Denver, burn.

Akzed on April 18, 2008 at 10:00 AM

YAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Dr. Manhattan on April 18, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Dean is finding out that herding cats is more productive than trying to eliminate self interest from the superdelegate’s decision making process. As Obama’s negatives rise, those on the fence tremble at the thought of pulling a Bill Richardson move and having it be wrong. Whipsawed!! Even more interesting would be if supers committed to Barry, see the handwriting on the wall in Denver and switch to Her Majesty. Talk about chaos.

a capella on April 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Great comment. Surely superdelegates are looking at the states that Obama won in primary/caucus elections and recognizing that most of those states will support the GOP in the general election. And surely they have seen the breakdown of Obama’s lead in total votes and how most of those votes are Cook County.

right?

funky chicken on April 18, 2008 at 10:03 AM

The DNC will be moving their 2012 convention to March in 3… 2… 1…

db on April 18, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Dean officially became a desperate man many years ago when he joined the Democratic party.

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 18, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Dr. Dean always has been and always will be a quack. He is way over his head in politics too.

saiga on April 18, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Howard Dean
Wesley Clark
Barack Obama
Rocky Road

mymanpotsandpans on April 18, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Memo to self:
Buy more popcorn.

Memo to Howard Dean:
Seriously, The Obamassiah or Clinton? Your choice comes down to one of those two? Seriously? You don’t have a respected, intelligent, experienced Democrat to run? Oh, that’s right, you all kicked Joe Lieberman out of the party due to one singe, solitary issue. Way to be diverse there.

rbj on April 18, 2008 at 10:23 AM

This just proves how horrible of a President Dean would have been. He hasn’t the first idea of what real leadership is and neither do most of the Democrats if they think “ratcheting up the rhetoric” is it.

bj1126 on April 18, 2008 at 10:26 AM

perhaps this is part of Hillary’s 2012 strategy, create mutiny now and get McCain elected then immediately start running for 2012.

jp on April 18, 2008 at 10:30 AM

I can’t read this without thinking about the absolute disconnect between intelligence and wisdom. The Dems, the modern day liberals, the left (all the same) have, allegedly, the former, but zero of the latter. As do the idiot New Yorkers I see in the subway with their Obama buttons.
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Dr, Howard Dean: you are a disgrace and an embarrassment. May your party lose 51 states in November!

ParisParamus on April 18, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Just realizing who the Democrats will blame if they don’t win the White House.

Dean.

Because they sure aren’t going to blame the black guy.

And Dean knows it.

If the Democrats blow this election, Dean will be persona non grata.

He’s sweating.

NoDonkey on April 18, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Someone send Dean a gallon of gas for his Demoncratic Convention. It should be a real barn burner!

You mis-spelled ethanol. Besides, the barn burner should be ecologically friendly!

I R A Darth Aggie on April 18, 2008 at 10:39 AM

It’s all about money. Howard Dean is pulling in zero these days.

When it comes to fundraising, BarackObama and Hillary Clinton are two big elephants in one very small room. And nobody is getting in their way.

logis on April 18, 2008 at 10:40 AM

“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,”

Best quote ever, I’m pretty sure that 3 months is NOT nearly enough time for this pathetic party to heal. When I think I used to be a Dem, whoa, talk about the cringe factor!

4shoes on April 18, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Honestly- who listens to this idiot anymore?

Chuck Schick on April 18, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Three cheers for Dr. Dean. His committment to not changing the rules in the middle of the game has tied the party up in a pretty package labled “Open in Denver”

Note to self: Buy more stock in popcorn.

Rovin on April 18, 2008 at 10:53 AM

If the super delegates are forced (fat chance) to decide now, they’ll have to go to Obama. Then we will discover what the solution was to Hillary’s little problem when she told us way back when, “That no matter what happens, we’ll be fine.”

rockhauler on April 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Memo to Howard Dean:
Seriously, The Obamassiah or Clinton? Your choice comes down to one of those two? Seriously?
rbj on April 18, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Go ahead, call me a loon. I still think it’s one big social experiment paid for mostly by Soros. If you have enough money, you can do anything.

shibumiglass on April 18, 2008 at 11:32 AM

When it comes to fundraising, BarackObama and Hillary Clinton are two big elephants in one very small room. And nobody is getting in their way.

Really? I would have sworn they were two big donkeys.

The elephants have already sorted these things out. :)

Bill Roper on April 18, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Wow, what a brilliant system the Democrats have set up. You have this group of people who is going to decide who their nominee is, and here Dean is strongarming them to choose now before all the facts are in. Yeah, I want this party in control.

WisCon on April 18, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Of course he wants them to “choose” now.

He can read the handwriting on the wall and it is telling him that Obama will lose just about every primary and caucus left. That means that Obama and Hillary could be almost tied for delegates/pop vote. Howie, the radical left that has hijacked the party along with the owners of the Democratic party* want Obama to be the nominee and they will pull everything they can to make him so. They want him because he is an AmeriKKKa hating, Islamofascist supporting Marxists jsut like them. One that is an empty suit that makes pretty speeches. And most importantly one they can control.

*George Soros, Teresa Heinz-Kerry and the rest of the “usual suspects”.

Nahanni on April 18, 2008 at 11:48 AM

jp on April 18, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Hillary really thinks that McCain will eat Obama’s lunch (and I agree with her). She feels that she is fighting to save the entire democrat party from a rousing defeat. She will keep fighting up to the very last minute, because she has convinced herself she is not fighting because she is entitled to become POTUS, but to keep the repubs out for a 3rd term (so she is NOBLE not self-serving).

My read is that her back up plan is, when the idiots pick Obama, to wait until he loses to McCain and start start her run for president in 2012 on Nov. 5th 2008.

talking_mouse on April 18, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Is McCain a better debater than Hillary? If he is then, after this debacle, the Dems must be wetting themselves at the idea of Obama having to go up against him.

29Victor on April 18, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Howard Dean trying to play Michael Corleone? More like Fredo.

Limerick on April 18, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Just realizing who the Democrats will blame if they don’t win the White House.

Dean.

NoDonkey on April 18, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Ha, are you kidding? It’ll be Bush’s fault.

Rosmerta on April 18, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Of course he wants them to “choose” now.

He can read the handwriting on the wall and it is telling him that Obama will lose just about every primary and caucus left. That means that Obama and Hillary could be almost tied for delegates/pop vote. Howie, the radical left that has hijacked the party along with the owners of the Democratic party* want Obama to be the nominee and they will pull everything they can to make him so. They want him because he is an AmeriKKKa hating, Islamofascist supporting Marxists jsut like them. One that is an empty suit that makes pretty speeches. And most importantly one they can control.

*George Soros, Teresa Heinz-Kerry and the rest of the “usual suspects”.

Nahanni on April 18, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Darned good comment. I say if this keeps going on with no exit strategy, then we Republicans had better assume nothing and give it our best shot knowing our odds greatly increase as we do our best.

HotAirJosef on April 18, 2008 at 12:28 PM

I read about this last night and discarded it.

This morning I heard him say it (at CNN). Just listening to it on the radio, he comes across so conceited, the little “iron fist”.

What a risible figure he is. Hillary hates his guts and ignores the dwarf, in more ways than just physical.

Entelechy on April 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM

“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” Uh, Dean-o, there ain’t no healin’ for morons who are willfully ignorant; that goes for morons on the right too, even tho i haven’t come up against many…Ron Paul would qualify.

Christine on April 18, 2008 at 1:27 PM

“They want him (BO) because he is an AmeriKKKa hating, Islamofascist supporting Marxists just like them. One that is an empty suit that makes pretty speeches. And most importantly one they can control.”(–the most). The status quo was maintained during the Clintoon administration but BJ’s ego a kinda got in the way and undoubtedly will again.
Actually all 3 of them will be firmly planted in the pocket of the captains of globalist policies. However, I pray that McCain will be more accessible to the Will of The People. We shall see, ‘cuz this insane scenario on the left is creating the next Repub administration.

Christine on April 18, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Language warning…
Chappelle skewering the Booby Dean

benrand on April 18, 2008 at 9:52 AM

I almost spit my coffee onto my computer screen damn that was funny! BYAH

HawaiiLwyr on April 18, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Ever watch a train wreck in slow motion? 2008 is going to be that way for the Democrats. But I’m pretty sure it’s nothing more than a Rovean plot.

GarandFan on April 18, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Dean is correct about the healing time…However, if the supers made up their mind today, there would not be enough time for “healing”…Dems do not heal quickly….They are still suffering open wounds from hanging chads, ya know, that great right wing malady injected directly into the demo bloodstream by Karl Rove (magnificent bastid)…..Kinda like aids, designed and introduced to the minority constituency of the opposition party…Afro-mericans….and it’s all working….right Wright?? …..Chaos reins!!!!!!!!!

b4lucy on April 18, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Apparently for Howard Dean, the people in the remaining states should not have a say. What do you call a society that does not allow its citizens to voice their opinions????

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 18, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Good call Doc…

Big John on April 18, 2008 at 10:49 PM