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February 02, 2006

Yep It Sucks To Be A Democrat

State of the Democratic Party: Meltdown

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 1, 2006 -- Despite President Bush's weak poll numbers heading into yesterday's State of the Union address and the recent indictment of a high-profile Republican lobbyist, new information suggests that it's the Democratic party and not the GOP that is in political disarray. This according to Katharine DeBrecht, the outspoken author of the 2005 hit children's book "Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed" (Kids Ahead; hardcover: $15.95; ISBN 0976726904).

Going into the mid-term elections with a two-term president of the opposite party should be a golden opportunity for Democrats, notes DeBrecht, but instead there are signs of strife as attempts by liberal senators to stop the Alito nomination fell flat while the party's congressional leadership seems destined to clash with its national chairman.

"To make matters even worse, the Democratic National Committee is nearly broke," says DeBrecht, "while the Republicans have millions in the bank. When Howard Dean won the chairmanship everyone thought he'd be able to raise truck loads of money from his online supporters and the crowd, but instead he's facing a rebellion from Democrats in Congress who are worried about his mismanagement."

Dean seems unlikely to take the rebellion lying down, though. Reports have surfaced that the former Vermont governor has prepared a Nixonian response by digging up dirt on Harry Reid, the Democrat's leader in the Senate. One DNC source is quoted in media reports as ominously saying that Dean's secret evidence on dealings by the Senator from Nevada makes "Jack Abramoff's lobbying work look like that of a rank amateur."

Since lobbyist Abramoff recently pleaded guilty in a high profile influence-peddling case, says DeBrecht, this posturing from one of Dean's DNC staffers suggests that Dean thinks he is in possession of extremely damaging information on the Senate minority leader. Whether Dean will disclose that information to the press or hang onto it in order to avoid an attack by the party's Congressional leadership remains unclear.

Last fall liberals including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Fox host Alan Colmes, and MSNBC pundit Ron Reagan all vocally criticized DeBrecht's book for teaching politics to children and portraying Clinton and Ted Kennedy as cartoon villains. Clinton's spokesman twice criticized the book in published reports, while liberal blogger Andrew Sullivan called it Maoist and the Democratic Underground named DeBrecht to their "Top 10 Conservative Idiots" list. Liberal condemnations notwithstanding, the book soared to #1 on Barnes & Noble's online bestseller list following praise from Rush Limbaugh.

DeBrecht chuckles over the lack of similar cohesion among Democrats today: "Fortunately for the liberals, I have a new book -- 'Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper' -- coming out this March. It depicts Hollywood stars telling children that liberals like Hillary need to run their lives for them. Maybe that will help the Democrats find a common issue they can finally rally around."

About Kids Ahead: Kids Ahead is an imprint of Los Angeles-based World Ahead Publishing, the West Coast's premier publisher of conservative and libertarian books. Visit to learn more.

And then there is this article.........
Howie and Harry

It appears that the Democrat Party is closer to imploding than the Republican. How else to explain the ongoing attempts by Democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean to destroy Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid?

According to knowledgeable DNC sources, Dean about ten days ago was shown opposition research documents generated by the Republican National Committee more than three years ago, which laid out facts regarding Reid and his family's lobbying and ethical conflicts.

Dean, according to the sources, was fascinated by the details, and asked that his staff research and independently confirm everything on the documents. "Basically he oppo'd a member of his own party," says a DNC source loyal to Dean.

"Basically, we were looking at three- or four-page documents that made Jack Abramoff's lobbying work look like that of a rank amateur," says the DNC source. "Between the minority leader's past in Nevada and here in Washington, and the activities of his sons and son-in-law, there probably isn't anyone in this town with more conflicts. The Reid family is the symbol of what's wrong with Washington; it's their behavior that enabled the culture that spawned people like Abramoff."

Dean then went public over the weekend, saying that Democrats with an Abramoff problem would be in trouble, not only with voters, but with the Democrat Party. But why attack a senior member of his own party?

According to Democrat Party watchers and DNC staff, Dean has grown increasingly frustrated at how he is treated by the likes of Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who leads the House Democrat candidate recruitment effort. "They treat him like a lackey, not as an equal," says another DNC employee. "Just last week, they were all badmouthing his fundraising activities, when clearly he's done a good job. What this comes down to a fight for the soul of our party, and if the chairman has to draw a long knife on a few of his colleagues, he's more than willing to do so."

From Drudge
Mon Jan 30 2006 10:52:31 ET

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are privately bristling over Howard Dean’s management of the Democratic National Committee and have made those sentiments clear after new fundraising numbers showed he has spent nearly all the committee’s cash and has little left to support their efforts to gain seats this cycle, ROLL CALL reports.

Congressional leaders were furious last week when they learned the DNC has just $5.5 million in the bank, compared to the Republican National Committee’s $34 million.

Senate and House Minority Leaders Harry Reid (Nev.) and Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), along with the Senate and House campaign committee chairmen Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), have made their concerns -- directly or indirectly -- known to Dean, claims the paper.

Emanuel was particularly upset last week upon seeing the latest DNC numbers.

“A lot of people are scratching their heads as to what’s going on,” said one senior Democratic aide.

Another Democratic source familiar with the party fundraising apparatus said there is “obvious displeasure” among the leaders.

Wild Thing's comment.........
Weeeeeeeeee this is hilarious! What can I say...........better them then us. BUAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHA

Posted by Wild Thing at February 2, 2006 12:07 AM


Don't think your posting service is working, WT.

Posted by: Rhod at February 2, 2006 03:49 PM

Hmm, I guess it is.

Just wanted to say that if you watch Howard Dean long enough, you realize that he makes the amateur's mistake every time. He underestimates his enemy.

Whatever is true of Harry Reid, a Senator has so many protective systems, markers to call in, slime engines and unofficial power, that taking him down is a pretty big deal.

Dean will lose any battle with Reid. No DNC chairman has the power to disrupt his own party, and go after elected officials of either Chamber. He's playing with matches here.

Posted by: Rhod at February 2, 2006 03:55 PM

Thanks for your comment about this Rhod. I was honestly wondering about it, because I kept thinking it would really destory a political party if they were truly going after each other. I mean like more then disagreeing but doing FBI files etc. kind of thing witin their own party. So I thank you big time for your post. I love learning things and have a lot to learn. I run on passion most of the time with some knowledge about politics thrown in. hahaha

I agree with you about Howard Dean too that he underestimates his enemy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 2, 2006 04:18 PM