Calling Dean out on his New Hampshire primary flip flop

Posted by: ST on August 22, 2006 at 11:35 am

The New Hampshire Union Leader catches the Dr. of Disology in a flip flop:

ON NOV. 13, 2003, then-Vermont Gov. Howard Dean filed to run in the 2004 New Hampshire primary. At the time, he claimed to believe in the tradition the primary upheld.

“I am absolutely committed to New Hampshire having the first primary and Iowa having the first caucus,” he said. “The reason I’m committed is that candidates like me would never have a chance without being able to look people in the eye and shake their hands and let them say what they think.

“I’m very pleased that South Carolina has an early primary. It’s more a diverse state and that’s important. And I urge other states to have early primaries. But I think we’ve got to continue the tradition of the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary because it’s the only way candidates with no money — but with strong backing and who are willing to put backbone and spine back into the Democratic Party — have any chance at all.”

That was Howard Dean the outsider. Howard Dean the insider has a different view of the tradition New Hampshire’s primary has long upheld. Howard Dean the insider views the New Hampshire primary and its “people-powered” ability to upend the establishment and “put backbone and spine back into the Democratic Party” as a threat.

In 2003, Howard Dean spoke a great deal about taking back the Democratic Party. Now the DNC, with Dean the insider’s blessing, is trying to take it back from the grassroots activists trying to complete what Dean the outsider started.

The New Hampshire primary has not changed since Dean praised it in 2003. It is as it always has been: the greatest opportunity for average voters to influence the Presidential nominating process. It is Howard Dean who has changed — assuming he meant a word of what he said three years ago.

Read background on Dean’s new position here.

In related news, some anti-war groups are pushing to get Lieberman’s name taken off the CT ballot.

Hmmm, wasn’t it just a week or so ago that Democrats were accusing Lieberman of ‘subverting the democratic process‘? I wonder what they’ll have to say about this – if anything? My guess is that if they respond, it’ll sound something like this “these people are exercising their Constitutional rights to [blah blah blah]” or some other such ‘patriotic’ talk.


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7 Responses to “Calling Dean out on his New Hampshire primary flip flop”


  1. Severian says:

    Man, the Leftists are heavily into Newspeak territory now. Demanding that someone be removed from the ballot and denying the people the opportunity to vote for them is considered “democracy” in action. l-) No wonder they love Castro, he’s got that whole “democracy” thing down pat, never let they have more than one choice on the ballot.

    And people wonder why it’s always the left that turns into fascists. 8-|

  2. PCD says:

    Sev, this is CT for you. Back in the 80’s, the corrupt Democrat mayor of Bridgeport, CT, demanded that the city’s cops not only live and pay taxes in Bridgport, but do all their purchasing in Bridgeport to raise tax dollars.

    Oh, I was in CT when the sitting Governor stuffed a primary ballot box to stay in office. The Atty. General for the state did nothing. That Atty. General? Why, it was JOE LIEBERMAN!

  3. Severian says:

    Yeah PCD, I’ve made the comment before myself. Old Joe may be the best Democrat out there, but that is damning with faint praise isn’t it?

  4. Lorica says:

    OMG Sister quoted my “blah, blah, blah”. I am so honored. =))

    Does it really matter if these guys succeed in getting Lieberman off of the ballot??? Can’t the people just write him in???? I tell ya these guys are just out of their minds crazy with anything that is right of their positions. Earth to lunitic fringe leftists, the mothership is on it’s way, just don’t drink the kool-aid yet.

    In all honesty tho, I think they would be better off writing in None of the above. Thank You Richard Pryor. =)) – Lorica

  5. Severian says:

    Does it really matter if these guys succeed in getting Lieberman off of the ballot??? Can’t the people just write him in????

    No no no Lorica, you just don’t understand “democracy” as practiced by the Dems! Allowing the people a choice is undemocratic and unAmerican! Single party ballots for all, that’s the only way the evil Diebold company will not be able to thwart the will of the people!

    Next thing you know Lorica, you’ll be saying that people should have to prove they are citizens before voting, and from there it’s just one small step to disenfranchising the dead, a large and under-represented constituency of severely handicapped people. Not helping the dead by voting for them is like being against the Disability Act! :o

  6. Dana says:

    In Pennsylvania, our Democratic friends are trying to keep the Green Party senatorial candidate off the ballot. The Democratic nominee, Bob Casey, was specifically selected by Howard Dean because he is pro-life — and Dr Dean, committed as the DNC is to infanticide abortion rights, wanted to take the abortion issue off the table as they try to unseat pro-life Republican Rick Santorum.

    Well, the Green Party candidate is the only pro-abortion candidate on the ballot — and our Democratic friends want him off the ballot, because they think he’ll take votes away from Mr Casey.

    So much for democracy!