Howard Dean: Walker’s win is the “beginning of the undermining of American democracy”

posted at 5:21 pm on June 6, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Former DNC chairman and governor of Vermont Howard Dean appeared on MSNBC this morning to bemoan the extent to which Gov. Walker was able to outspend his opponent in the Wisconsin recall. Really, now? Candidate Obama outspent John McCain’s campaign by one of the widest margins evah, but when you don’t get the outcome you want, all that darned money in politics is suddenly not okay?

I think the sad story of the night was the money because this is the beginning of the undermining of American democracy, and this is what you see tonight when you see a guy outspend somebody seven to one with money that nobody knows where it came from.

Ahh, yes. The Koch brothers. There it is.

I would remind any outraged liberals in the audience that evil corporate fat cats gave the Obama campaign booku bucks in 2008 — the Wall Street dollars certainly didn’t favor John McCain that time around. And, by the way, what exactly is President Obama up to today?

It’s D-Day and President Obama is hitting the beaches – of sunny California!

Instead of scheduling a brief event to mark the 68th anniversary of America’s brutal landing on the shores of Normandy, Obama is already on his way to San Francisco, where he will hold two fundraisers before moving on to Beverly Hills to stage two more.

Obama failed to mark D-Day with either a speech or a written proclamation both last year or the year before. He did give a speech in 2009, the 65th anniversary of the event.

After all, what’s a little historical recognition when there are multiple fundraisers to be had?

I can think of an actual way money is undermining our democracy, but I’ll let founding father Benjamin Franklin sum this one up: “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Bam. When the government has become so monstrously huge that rent-seeking, crony capitalism, and pork barrel politics are just the everyday goings-on of the executive and legislative agendas, we’re gonna’ have problems. Oh, wait…


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Now for D-Day, he’s just bitter because that great progressive Adolph had to give up the beaches he fortified with hard earned taxes.

kirkill on June 6, 2012 at 6:56 PM

“Tons and tons of money.”

So the undoing of America is just like not letting democrats use tax payer money for slush funds ( Passing Porkulus – and using tons and tons of money) but using private sector money to effect a political outcome is tyranny.

Dr Evil on June 6, 2012 at 6:56 PM

They sure liked all that money when they thought it was all theirs didn’t they…

freaking hypocrites…

Oohh Obama’s gonna raise a billion this cycle, ooh ahh I like it…

Doh!

RockyJ. on June 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Why would he comment on D-Day. He and his angry hatin wife both loath the military. Remember “all this for a flag.”

rjoco1 on June 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

For all their talk about compassion and fighting for the “common” man,Progressives sure have a low opinion of them when it comes to their exercising democratic expressions in the voting booth.Democracy is indeed alive and well in Wisconsin,the common man has spoken and decided to reject the slavery that always accompanies the Progressives’ paternalistic promises for government to take care of people from cradle to grave.

redware on June 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I do b’lieve we dun did it. :-)

Mary in LA on June 6, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Why yes, yes we did. ; )

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Obama was swimming in money last time around, and there was suspicion that some of it was foreign and unaccountable, not to mention Obama’s boast of raising $1 billion this time around, except that it looks like folks aren’t buyin’ what he’s sellin’ again.

tpitman on June 6, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Nice post, Erika, sorry I interrupted it. I am admittedly a wee bit mischievous. Its a very nice post and I am very happy to have you on board here. ; )

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Spreading the wealth, except when its mine, I guess.

Bmore on June 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Pic of the Day #2: Obama & The Dead Man’s Claw

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/pic-of-day-obama-dead-mans-claw.html

M2RB: Lenny Breau plays Jerry Reed’s “The Claw”

Resist We Much on June 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM

The leeches are crying, the leeches are crying!

profitsbeard on June 6, 2012 at 7:54 PM

“I can think of an actual way money is undermining our democracy, but I’ll let founding father Benjamin Franklin sum this one up: “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Bam. When the government has become so monstrously huge that rent-seeking, crony capitalism, and pork barrel politics are just the everyday goings-on of the executive and legislative agendas, we’re gonna’ have problems. Oh, wait…”

Nail meet head. This right here needs to be driven home daily to the American people. Spot on Erika!

Ellis on June 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Somebody tell Howard it’s time for the American Left to apologize for taking the country hostage and imposing their will on us, after Obama was elected. It’s going to take us years to straighten out this mess and it’s all their fault, George Bush and the Republicans aside.

Just because they hit the snooze alarm, after they were given a wake-up call in 2010, isn’t our fault. Just because their Senate, the other branch of government they still control, refuses to pass a budget, don’t blame Bush or the Republicans. When you lose in 2012, and I really do see that happening, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself. To be honest, it’s attitudes, like Howard Deans, which have made this all possible for the Republicans. Obama had the Republicans in a hole, after 2008, and he just blew it, bigtime. I can tell you when and where he blew it, right after the Democrats Rahmed through the stimulus bill and Obama went to Virginia to speak before a Democrat get together, and he did a little rant, mocking the Republicans for their ideas about stimulus and how there was too much spending and he said, “What do they think stimulus is?” Personally, I hope they have a video of that speech and run it during the election, because with this unemployment rate and lack of jobs it’s really going to make a point.

bflat879 on June 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

When a 100 lb weakling starts a fight on the beach with a 200 lb body builder just to impress his girlfriend, and he gets his a$$ kicked, he shouldn’t go whining to his buddies about how unfair it was.

JackBurtonJr on June 6, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Well then….

R.I.P. “democracy”

Long live the REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC.

Wolfmoon on June 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

booku beaucoup bucks

n’est-ce pas?

Knott Buyinit on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

When the government has become so monstrously huge that rent-seeking, crony capitalism, and pork barrel politics are just the everyday goings-on of the executive and legislative agendas, we’re gonna’ have problems. Oh, wait…

The snark is strong with this one.

/Vader

kenashimame on June 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

American Democracy was not undermined, it was proven to work when allowed to. The people voted again for Walker. Dean was happy when his outside money and people tried ti disrupt democracy and recall Walker only because they disagreed with him. That is no reason for the money and expense of a recall. The people that called for the recall should have to pay for the recall election and reimburse the taxpayer. People were bussed in from all over the country. In Deans mind, that is OK if it benefits them in any way, but when they lose, the cry like a baby. Democracy worked TWICE, get over it. All that union money did not come from in state, unions, hollywood, soros M Moore and others are all from out of state. You can’t hide no more. Conservatives ar smarter than welfare liberals.

j bo on June 6, 2012 at 9:28 PM

“Well then….

R.I.P. “democracy”

Long live the REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC.”

Wow! Another nail set, polished as truth, ready to be driven home.

Netclimber on June 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Seriously; it’s time for someone to reach on-screen and smack these nitwits with a stick *every time* this kind of bullsqueeze escapes their putrid prevaricating lips.

The time for civility has long passed.

Midas on June 6, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Yeah, because american democracy would be assured with all elections decided by government unions.

These people are too much.

Karmashock on June 7, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Sweet Jeez, is this insane fool still around?

Hummer53 on June 7, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Sorry HOward, but if this means this is the beginning of the end for PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS, I’m all for it…

Khun Joe on June 7, 2012 at 1:00 AM

What the leftists have done in attempting to remove a governor for actually following through on the promises made during the gubernatorial election is quite manifestly to undermine the democratic process.

Democrats and leftists: Please STOP your war on the democratic process, and please STOP pretending that household pets and deceased individuals can cast legitimate votes in order to sway close elections.

For the rest of us please remember, if it’s not close, the anything-goes, no-values leftists–so-called “comedians,” Hollywood “celebrity” drug users, communist union thugs, MSNBC staff, faux “journalists”…the same old crowd–can’t cheat.

Allendundit on June 7, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Does he ever do ANYTHING except fundraising?

MAC1000 on June 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Funny to hear Mr Silver Spoon Dean complaining about money.

curved space on June 7, 2012 at 5:36 AM

Dean’s not called Howard the Coward for nothing.

DevilsPrinciple on June 7, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Is it wrong that I enjoy this whining oh so much?

After 18+ months of insanity, the people have spoken. Our representative Republic works.

Imagine the meme if Barrett had won: the people have spoken, so shut up you Republicans!

englishqueen01 on June 7, 2012 at 7:14 AM

“beginning of the undermining of American democracy socialism”

Fixed, hopefully.

farsighted on June 7, 2012 at 8:02 AM

booku beaucoup bucks

n’est-ce pas?

Knott Buyinit on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

This.

/spelling nazi

The Schaef on June 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Has anyone noticed how liberals say crazy and stupid comments when they have there backs against the wall. The media monopoly is over and its obvious.

Barack Obama 6/6/2012:

In “Virginia or Iowa or North Carolina or California, all across the country,” Obama said, “there are a lot of folks who are still wondering — are we going to be able to fully deliver on that promise of a country that is thriving and has an economy that is built to last?”

Really, After Summer Recovery 2009 and 2010! No Sh&* Sherlock?

jjnco73 on June 7, 2012 at 8:42 AM

And my husband’s union dues go where? Oh yeah right to those knuckle dragging conservatives. /

Alibali on June 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Unions are nothing but power hungry, parasitic thieves whose only enforcement mechanisms are violence and thuggery.

rplat on June 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I am happy the Democrats strategy is that when in a hole, keep digging. Howard Dean personifies that mantra.

No thinking person that can actually read facts or was conscious during the 2008 election will buy this type of tripe- especially from Mr. Obama’s surrogates.

As you pointed out, it is not a little known fact that Mr. Obama outspent Mr. McCain by historic margins. He also, contrary to urban legend, collected over 70% of his money from large donors.

So like it or not, part of the campaign game is now raising huge sums of money. Thank Mr. Obama for raising the bar on that issue and promoting the awareness it provides immense strategic value.

Does big money always win? Well, no, just ask John Kerry. It has to be combined with plausible, actionable, popular ideas and a confident executive persona. That latter part, by the way, is a huge reason MR. Obama will not be reelected in the fall. Big money will get you to the dance, but it won’t make you Fred Astaire.

Marcus Traianus on June 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM

What’s with these idiot Donks? Why don’t they know that we are NOT a Democracy? Never have been. DUMMIES.

Axion on June 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

As I said on another thread.

Owebama outspending McCain and winning= Supportive Mandate!

Walker outspending Barret and winning= Death of democracy; buying an election!

Minnfidel on June 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Standard tripe. What it comes down to is revulsion to dissent, once patriotic, at least when Bush was in office. The inner nazi comes out every time, “death of democracy” the hysterical reaction of those thugs who want total power & fear opposition.

arand on June 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Couldn’t he throw a “BYEEEEAAAAAGGGGHHHH” in there somewhere?

WeekendAtBernankes on June 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Erika,

From a friend.

The earliest attribution of this quote to Franklin is 1988, and its provenance is unknown, so it probably didn’t come from him. There’s a discussion about a similar, also misattributed quote here: http://www.lorencollins.net/tytler.html.

shick on June 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

booku beaucoup bucks

n’est-ce pas?

Knott Buyinit on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

This.

/spelling nazi Vichy

The Schaef on June 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Now, you’re all good.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Funny
Coming from the man and the party who so blatantly undermined the US military, the CIA and the Bush Administration at every turn during the most important parts of two wars. A man and a party who reveled in the deaths of American service people while simultaneously aiding ruthless Jihadists at every turn.

Shut your mouth

Opinionnation on June 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

What’s this country coming to when unions can’t win elections by busing in thousands of paid demonstrators and laying down astroturf all over the media?

Still, I’m not so sure he’s wrong. If democracy were really alive and well, this election wouldn’t even be close and the the Democrats wouldn’t be a major party. There wouldn’t be such a thing as earmarks and billions in public spending for groups like Planned Parenthood and the UN. Double dipping would be illegal.

flataffect on June 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

He’s now “making a living in the private sector giving speeches.” Does anyone other than Chris Matthews or Rachel MadCow listen?

I guess the practice of medicine with Medicare reimbursement rates and Obamacare on the horizon just couldn’t support his lifestyle.

Practice medicine? AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh!

NoPain on June 8, 2012 at 9:32 AM

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