FREE hit counter and Internet traffic statistics from







Farewell Hope: The Hogtying of the Deaniacs
by Joshua Frank
February 20, 2005

Send this page to a friend! (click here)


“Don't say unconscious
No don't say doom
If you got to say it
Let me leave this room”

-- Television, See No Evil

The Democrats have finally accomplished something. Yes, I’m talking about Howard Dean’s latest victory, but it’s not what you think. Dean’s scoring of the DNC chair isn’t a win for progressives. Nope, it’s a triumph for the establishment. The Beltway savants have successfully muted the only vibrant contingent within their frail party. The Deaniacs have been corralled.

Howard Dean’s new post has been hailed by many as a huge feat for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party (yeah, what “progressive” wing?).  But it is no feat. Not only is Howard Dean a centrist in the most disgusting Clintonesque sense of the term, but his victory this past weekend to head the DNC is also a shot in the head of his passionate supporters. He has sold them out, while taking on the roll of insider, where his new symbolic post within the party will do little more to challenge Democratic policy than, say, MoveOn’s irritating phone calls to Congress.

We should have seen it coming. Right after Joe Trippi left Dean’s presidential campaign last year, the good doctor moved quickly to replace him with DC insider Roy Neel. Neel, who talked Al Gore out of actively contesting the 2000 election, was a long-time telecom lobbyist who employed his status with the Clinton Administration to maneuver the atrocious Telecommunications Act through Congress in 1996 -- perhaps the greatest corporate handout of the Clinton years.

It was a sign of what was to come when only months later Howard Dean jumped into the ring with presidential candidate Ralph Nader, hoping to entice his dizzied Deaniacs into not fleeing the Democrats’ pro-war ticket. Although Nader’s peaceful embrace was more in line with their anti-war principles, the 2004 elections were simply not the time to stand up for what they believed in. Or so claimed Howard Dean.

The ex-governor was attempting to cover his own ass, hoping to embolden his clout within the party. Old Howard even went as far as to call John Kerry a “progressive” in his debate with Mr. Nader. It was a disgusting display of political myopia. Dean sold out his loyal followers that moment. He told the very people that were responsible for his success to go ahead and piss their ideals into the political winds of Washington. The Iraq war wasn’t the issue; Dean’s own gluttonous motivations were.

Nevertheless Howard Dean seems to be riding high, like Bing Crosby in that awful Frank Capra flick. But don’t believe the hype. Dean’s new job is an administrative boondoggle. The dry Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has more influence over Democratic policy than Dean ever will. Believe it.

The party bigwigs are surely thrilled. Especially if Dean can fill their campaign coffers with a surplus of grassroots cash.

Hold on. Don’t kid yourself, though. This certainly doesn’t mean Dean won’t continue to hobnob with the corporate fat cats like his filthy predecessors.  And don’t count on Deano to disclose campaign finances either. Just look at Vermont where his boys gutted the only law that called for even the slightest transparency in the state’s public elections.

No, this whole DNC thing smells of rot. Let’s hope that the Deaniacs (the few not having multiple orgasms over this “success”) break ranks and hang Howard Dean and the Democrats out to dry like a pair of stanky old socks.  That’s the only way victory could ever come out of this calamity.

Joshua Frank is author of the forthcoming book, Left Out!: How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush, to be released in March by Common Courage Press. He can be reached at:

Related Articles

* The Knave of Diamonds by Dan Raphael
* The Establishment Corrals the Deaniacs by Joshua Frank

Other Recent Articles by Josh Frank

* It Just Takes One McVeigh to Ruin Your Day
* The Distortions of Acumen Continued: More Liberal Trashing of Ward Churchill
* The Distortions of Acumen: Liberals Trash Ward Churchill
* Howard Dean’s Been Suckered: The Establishment Corrals the Deaniacs
* Democrats Support Bush’s Iran Policy
* Hope is Not on the Way: The Farce of the DNC Contest
* Privacy Piracy? What Howard Dean May Bring to the DNC
* Voter Fraud as Fundraiser: David Cobb and the Ohio Recount
* How the New York Times Misreports: An Interview with Howard Friel
* Liberalism and Its Bounds
* The Reelection of George W. Bush: A Possible Bright Side?
* Blame Kerry’s Loss on the ABB Crowd: An Interview with Kevin Zeese
* Face the Music: Time to Oppose Our Troops’ Actions
* Democrats Commit Suicide
* The Dems Should be Ashamed: Bush With a TKO
* For Kerry, It’s Not Easy Pretending to be Green
* Shooting From the Hip: Kerry Out-Guns Bush
* The Democrats’ Own Weapons of Mass Deception
* David Cobb, the Greens and the Sinking of the Left
* Interview with Green Party Presidential Candidate David Cobb
* Fear Mongering 101: Progressives Hit the Road for Kerry
* Swing-Along-With-Ralph: Nader in the Battleground States
* Bombs Ahoy: Iraq, From Clinton to Bush
* Too Many Cameras and Not Enough Truth: John Kerry Dodges the Press
* The Green Party Unravels From Within
* The Florida of the Northwest: Oregon Democrats Sabotage Nader...Again
* Partisan Protests: Not All of New York Rises Up

* Greens at the Crossroads: Party Fights for its Future
* Ralph Nader as David Duke? The ADL Wants You to Think So
* Monkeywrench Hope: An Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair
* Why the 2004 Election Pretty Much Sucks
* The Outsider: A Short Interview with Ralph Nader
* The Greens & the Politics of Mendacity, Part II
* Greens Endorse Kerry: The Politics of Mendacity
* Logging is Not Restoration: Forest Battles Escalate in Oregon
* Donkeys Buck Antiwar Support: Unity a Futile Effort
* Kerry to Edwards: “Let's Lose!”
* No Time for Democracy: This is an Emergency!
* The Fall: Beltway Democrats Sink Dean
* My America
* Ralph's Revolt
* Forging Alliances
* The Anybody But Bush Offensive: Don't Back Down
* Homes Destroyed, Death Toll Mounts: Where's Kerry?
* The Lost Sierra Club
* Who Would Jesus Occupy? 10 Reasons to Oppose the US Occupation of Iraq