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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