Code Blue on Dr. Dean

Monday, January 30, 2006
Drudge (link may change later) has a 'Flash Report' that the DNC's dearth of cash is beginning to irritate (I'd say panic) party leadership. I would note that the actual December FEC report has not been posted as of this hour so real facts on the matter are in short supply. When I noted Dean's YTD performance in October it was picked up by the WaPo (non-attributed) and caused a little splash. In reviewing the November report I noted that cash on hand had improved but I remember thing to myself "this looks like they're stuffing invoices in a desk drawer". The cash on hand figure of $5.5 mil is significantly lower in December than November's $7mil plus, so I'll give myself a pat on the back (and next time I'll write up my suspicions).

How many dry holes will the Dem's allow Dean to drill before giving him the boot? The filibluster tactic is an obvious ploy to try and vacuum a little more dough out of the Koslander's wallets but I can confidently predict that it will fail. If there is one thing that can be said with great assurance of the Koslanders, it is that the full measure of their lack of courage is at least equal to their lack of convictions. In Texas I believe the saying is "All hat, no cattle."

15 comments:

markg8 said...

'so real facts on the matter are in short supply"

Uh yeah. LOL.

Rick Ballard said...

The FEC report is overdue Mark. Real facts (based upon the report) are going to change your LOL to SOL pretty quickly.

DNC - Year End - Cash on Hand - $Mil

2001 - 6.6
2002 - 1.6
2003 - 10.8
2004 - 6.0
2005 - 5.5?

'05 should be compared to '01. Try and remember Mark - the Dems don't have the soft union money to work with anymore and they don't have half as effective tool in the MSM as they used to. It ain't a winning hand.

Peter UK said...

Rick,
Does this mean that Markg8 will have to get an honest job?

Syl said...

Well, the Koslanders really and truly believe that Alito will will destroy this country. I read over half of a 450 comments thread this morning (I don't even remember where). They were certainly sincere in their belief that the Dems should filibuster even if it might not work. To them it was that important.

Now as to whether they'll follow up with cash...

as they say...

developing...

markg8 said...

Maybe you should read this.

The DNC raised more than $51 million in 2005 – a record for a non-election year and a 20% increase over the total raised in 2003.

the Dems don't have the soft union money to work with anymore

The unions still back the party that supports the working person over wealth. Some will spend more time and money organizing workers instead of electioneering. It's no big deal. They'll still be there on election day.

they don't have half as effective tool in the MSM as they used to.

You're right there. On the DC cocktail party circuit there are plenty of disgruntled consultants who are the sources for articles like these. They don't like the fact that Dean isn't hoarding money for TV ads and their bloated salaries.
He's spending it in the states building the party. You may see that as a sign of impending doom for the Dems. I see it as a sign Bob Shrum will have to get a job. I'm sure FOX News will pay the likes of him handsomely to criticize Dean just as MSNBC does now.

Peter UK said...

There is an edge of mass hysteria to the Kos phenomenoma akin to the "Childrens Crusade",I hope it does not end as badly.

Peter UK said...

"The unions still back the party that supports the working person over wealth."
John F.Kerry,the Kennedys,worst case of false consciousness I have ever seen.

Rick Ballard said...

Mark,

If you are spending record amounts of money for fund raising then you would hope that record amounts were being raised, no? Party leadership is miffed because the objective of fund raising is to have more cash in the till at the end of the exercise than you had at the beginning.

The party leaders know that the money extorted from union members is not available and they know that union dues did not drop and they know that no union member is going to reach for his wallet to chunk in more money than that which is currently being extorted. They also know that about 40% of union members wouldn't dream of voting Dem in the first place.

Dean made promises that he's not keeping - because the initial premise was founded in folly.

Knucklehead said...

Peter,

I hope it does not end as badly

Why?

Peter UK said...

Knucklehead,
Oh,all right then!

markg8 said...

Don't need to spend record amounts of money for fundraising. Emails are quite cheap. Much cheaper than renting ballrooms for Hollywood soirees.

Party leadership is miffed

Please cite a Dem party leader who has gone on record criticizing Dean's work as DNC chair. Anonymous "critics" aren't by definition leading. They are sniping from the sidelines. I suspect none of them have ever been elected to anything.

the objective of fund raising is to have more cash in the till at the end

No the objective is to win elections. Cash well invested is much more important than cash in the till.

no union member is going to reach for his wallet to chunk in more money than that which is currently being extorted.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. But regardless they will organize and campaign for our candidates. Unlike with Republicans it ain't all about the money.

They also know that about 40% of union members wouldn't dream of voting Dem in the first place.

You also ought to know that 40% of people in red states wouldn't dream of voting Repub either. Dean is giving them the wherewithal to win in places like Montana and Arkansas. Even in Texas.

Dean never made any promises to the beltway crowd other than he'd put them out of work. That burns them up and sends them running to the Dana Milbanks and Chris Matthews of the MSM to whine about what he's doing to them.

Sorry to wreck your hypothesis Rick but what you're seeing the passing of the old guard is all.

Peter UK said...

"No the objective is to win elections. Cash well invested is much more important than cash in the till."

How is this an investment,are you saying that if the Democrats win the election they will make a profit from the public purse Markg8?

There was a time when politics were regarded as a matter of principle not investment.

markg8 said...

No chickenhawk. Now run along and draw conclusions from some other post. Maybe you can join knucklehead in his juvenile fantasizing about terrye. Better run quick I imagine she'll shut down that lil thread soon.

Knucklehead said...

Here's a good pick from Tom Bevan over at RCP, The Left’s Latest Conspiracy.

Peter UK said...

Oh dear Markg8,the Kerry filibuster has fallen on its arse.But I really must thank you Markg8,every time you assert something I put a bet on the other horse,you haven't failed me yet.