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Dean Goes After the Media

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has found a sure-fire way of bridging the gap between supporters of Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.): attack the media.

"The media tried to tell the American people what to do," Dean said at one point during his opening statement. At another point her condemned the "cynics in the media."

Each time, the gathered crowd applauded wildly.

The Fix is trying not to let his feelings get hurt.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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seeching for a job

Posted by: razakou | June 1, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

seeching for a job

Posted by: razakou | June 1, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

This is the end for HillARY. I wonder who she will be yelling at now. After all she has pulled she should have a docter check her emotional problems.

Posted by: phyllie | May 31, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

the radical far left wing liberal media....the radical far left wing liberal party with help from joke journalist like criss mathews.tim russet..this oberman clown ect ect..with thier do like i tell you leaders like that moron harry reid and the airhead nancy polosi in place... went with the idea the voting public are like sheep and will do like we tell them...looks like they were correct

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Watch this youtube video of Florida DNC chair Geller, a Fla. State Rep., in the Florida Legislature, mocking the DNC's threat to sanction Florida - and basically saying F U to the DNC.

It is absolute proof the Florida Dems collaborated with the Republicans in moving up the date of the primary in knowing violation.

Geller is smarmy, rude and nasty in his comments about the DNC.

He is arrogant - he knew full well what he was doing.

Posted by: BlueDem | May 31, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I laughed out loud, Chris. I never post, but love your blog; it's absolutely required reading for me. To my perspective, you work very hard at staying even handed and evaluative. I appreciate your analysis, it gives depth to the political news of the day.


Posted by: Keil Drescher | May 31, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

P. Diddy,

Even if the Republican contest were still in doubt this late there would be no issue about seating delegates from non-compliant states. They prevented the problem of second guessing before it started - that's what made them look smart, not the fact that their nomination was locked up so quickly.

Posted by: David | May 31, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse


YOU know the penalty for violating Dean and the DNC rules !!!!


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 31, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Chairman Dean is right; the media tries to tell America what to do. So whats new? That's the job of the media [so don't feel too bad, Fix]. Its America's job to do what the media tells 'em or throw it out with the bath water. If America had followed the media, Barack would have been long forgotten. Its 'cos America does not follow its media blindly that this meeting is taking place.

Posted by: cryingoverspiltmilk | May 31, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

So,after I saw that smiling bobblehead
loser phony worthless DNC Chairman Village
Idiot Howard Screamer Dean ugly face on
tv as I tried to watch the Democratic
Rules Committee Meeting this morning that
made me sick and want to go puke as I find
Howard Dean and Mad Madame Nutty Nancy
Pelosi and Harmless Harry Ried totally
disgusting after they have been trying all
along to steal the nomination for their pet
handpicked elitist liberal loser empty suit
cocaine user and drug pusher,lying phony
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama,with the help
of media Obama Shills like this WAPO Creep
Chris here. Its time for a single national
primary and time to abolish the two political party system total failure and
time to get rid of the DNC and RNC as well.

Posted by: Sherry Kay | May 31, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't get all the media bashing. The Clinton's ingrained paranoia aside, the ONLY thing the media cares about is page views, circulation, and ratings. The one thing the media has done here is foment the battle and give opportunities for bloviating talking heads from both sides to air their grievances.

While I'm personally excited for the Clintons to finally exit the political stage, I'm even more excited to never have to see Terry McAuliffe on television again. I was a Clinton fan before this campaign, but no longer.

All of that said, the crowd outside of the RBC is hardly a "sea". It's a couple of hundred people. Pretty lackluster given that the Clinton campaign claimed for weeks that they would send busloads of people from Florida. I suppose people in Florida have better things to do than support Hillary's mad power grab.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 31, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse


SHOCKING Obama words: what he really thinks of white folks

An Obama Presidency Will Set Race Relations Back Decades
Just this Sunday Father Michael Pfleger (a longtime friend and associate of Senator Obama) mocked Hillary Clinton & AGAIN ATTACKED WHTE PEOPLE at Obama's church OF 20 PLUS YEARS.

"theres a whole lot of white people crying!"

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Just & Fair,

Your comment about what doesn't get mentioned is exactly right. Who knows why members of the media ignore this but I wrote about it months ago.

I would not be surprised to learn the HRC encouraged her supporters in those states to vote anyway promising that she would get their delegates seated one way or another. Back in January they would have believed her since she looked almost inevitable. Now that she looks almost irrelevant they should be wondering why they wasted their time on the day of the primary.

Posted by: David | May 31, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I totally agree with "fair & just." Amazing & scary that this whole farce is going on.

Posted by: You're Right | May 31, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse


No actually, by following the media about 1/2 the people who were going to vote switched to jump on the Obama bandwagon. Look at the posts- most of the younger supporters don't know his policies, and he presents only a superficial overview of some sort of "change". It's the MTV generations short attntionand the media loving the story of building up and tearing down a powerful woman.

Please, the Rev. Wright stuff floated around the internet fore over 1 1/2 years before being picked up. If it is picked up even 3 months earlier, campaign over.

But if you need proof-
"When she speaks I want to cross my legs" Chris Matthews

"She comes across as "shrill" (derived from shrew) when she raises her voice" Tim Russert


Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse


I agree with you, and Ben Nelson is an idiot. Is no one going to point out that DEMOCRATS voted with the GOP to move up the primary?!

Posted by: JakeD | May 31, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Face it. MI thought it would have more impact on the nomination and more press by having a "beauty contest" on a day when it would be alone and before most others.

Face it. The DNC messed up by not realizing that the nomination could go to June 3 and that they might anger lots of MI voters with their decision.

Face it. The HRC campaign is being very duplicitous with its views on this matter. They should have stuck their noses OUT of this issue and let it be settled with less hoopla.

As others have suggested, the DNC should have gone for 1/2 of elected delegates and zero superdelegates.

Now, no solution will satisfy everyone, and we're getting set for more fireworks.

Only a strong showing from the superdelegates on Wednesday can stop this train wreck but with uncertain damage to the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 31, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The only reason the RNC looks "smart" in this instance is that there is no doubt who will win their primary. No one (including, apparently, the Clinton campaign) could have anticipated that the junior Senator from Illinois would have waged an exceptional and strategic campaign that would defeat the second-greatest brand in Democratic politics (behind "Kennedy", of course).

Posted by: P Diddy | May 31, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Well put, J&F.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 31, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Yes, this is all the fault of the media. The DNC had nothing to do with it when they chose to strip 100% of the delegates from those two states. Anyone should have been able to tell them 4 years in advance that they were asking for trouble. As much as I dislike the RNC, their original decisions to only strip half the delegates from those states was 10 times as smart as the DNC decision.

The smartest decision they could have made originally would have been to cut the delegations in half and then strip the superdelegates from those states from having any vote (that might have convinced the superdelegates to push the states towards compliance. Now, though the party will be bruised no matter what solution they choose, the best solution is probably to seat the full delegations with 1/2 votes.

Posted by: David | May 31, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

For reasons stated below earlier by me, to no disenfranchise Dem voters who followed rules and did not vaote in Fl & MI primaries, there is no just way to allocate delegates, except 50:50 between HRC and Obama. Anything else will be farce and those voters who stayed out in primaries believing in DNC can have constitutional claim.

Posted by: Just and Fair | May 31, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Alexis Herman now is introducing the term "discretion" and she is setting ground for favorite HRC. If DNC cannot honor its own rules and impose the sanctions it had announced, they better get out and have no rules. Rather make rules as it suits their favorite candidate. This RBC meeting is full BS. Delegates count, rules were followed by Obama and so he is the Dem nominee.

The Clinton campaign argues that if the delegates from these non-sanctioned primaries are not seated hundreds of thousand of voters in Florida and Michigan will be disenfranchised.

What doesn't get mentioned, however, is this: it was widely reported and understood in both Florida and Michigan that the results of these primaries would not be counted. And based on that knowledge, large numbers of voters in both states simply didn't participate.

If the DNC were now to turn around and decide to make these contests count after all, these non-participating voters would be disenfranchised no less than the people who did turn out would be if the DNC sticks to the rules and doesn't seat any of the delegates. The simple fact is that large numbers of people, acting on accurate knowledge and in good faith, decided that there wasn't a real primary being held in their state on the day in question and on that basis decided not to participate.

Shame on HRC for crying foul now. So playing by rules does not matter in HRC rule book as long she gets her wishes. In her dreams, she ever will be elected, leave alone nominated. She must be put to rest unmarked in political grave of politics.

Posted by: Just & Fair | May 31, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

This lady Aleis Herman is full of gas.

Posted by: Fair and Just | May 31, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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