This is either going to make those in the Libertarian Party very happy or very upset, but it's going to outrage the Republican Party even more and
that's something we all can live with.
And we're going to Montana, Utah, Idaho...
Dean's been in the Western states, and being well recieved.
In Montana with 450, converting the
"We will promise you a balanced budget, and we will get government out of people's lives," Dean said.
In Utah, the 285-seat
auditorium overflowed, filling two other rooms with more than 500 total:
"Republicans say that they are a party of small government, just small enough to fit inside Terri Schiavo's bedroom," Dean said. "Republicans say
they're in favor of small government, but they don't mind telling women what they can or cannot do with their health care.
"Whatever happened to the rugged individualism in the Republican Party?" Dean asked. "It is very much alive and well in the Democratic Party."
"Only Democrats balance the budget," Dean said. "You cannot trust Republicans with your taxpayer money. Borrow and spend. Borrow and waste. That's
what the Republican Party stands for. We will do better."
...New Montana Democratic Party Chairman Dennis McDonald, of Melville, who had earlier expressed reservations about Dean and said he didn't want
photograph taken with him, had a different view after hearing the DNC chairman's speech.
"I loved the positive speech, and I loved the positive message," McDonald said. He added that he told Dean he was honored to get his picture taken
Dean drew some of his biggest applause by defining the Democratic position on abortion.
In Idaho, 500 in Boise's Julia Davis Park:
"I'm tired of Republicans telling us we're pro-abortion. I served on the board of Planned Parenthood for five years. I don't know anybody who's
pro-abortion," he said. "Most people in this country would like to see the abortion rate go down. That includes Democrats and Republicans. The
difference between the parties is that we believe a woman makes that decision about her health care -- and they believe Tom Delay makes
"We didn't quite win in Idaho the last time, but we're not quitting," he said. "People say, 'Why'd you come here? This is a Republican
state,' but they're wrong.
"This is a libertarian area. We're going to win on a Western platform next time."
Those are all local links, and there was plenty of local TV coverage as well, if you look through Google, but nothing from the national media outlets,
they are content with their Republican-feed meme of Howard Dean and the Democratic Party as the angry Dems. The best thing that Dean can do is
continue to ignore DC, and continue to grind away in the states and raise the small donor effort to fund the Democratic Party. He's doing an
excellent job. (analysis by Jerome/myDD)
It's a beautiful thing to see a man not falling for Rovian bait traps and falsely framed divides telling it the way it is... Reaching out to rugged,
personal responsibility, small government, fiscally responsible, gun loving, libertarian minded individuals disgusted
pseudo-conservative do-the-opposite rhetoric of the Republican Party.
Go Howard! The Democratic/Libertarian Party is born!!!!!!
Now only neo-con moral authoritarians have an excuse to vote Republican.
[edit on 18-7-2005 by RANT]