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July 26, 2006

Who is Jimmy Dean?

I always thought he was a guy that made sausage. Turns out, he’s the brother of DNC head Howard Dean. Jimmy is head of Democracy for America, the group Howard founded before heading to the DNC.

It also turns out, Democracy for America is backing Ned Lamont, Joe Lieberman’s primary challenger.

Influence Peddler states the obvious:

(Jim) Dean is not a late-comer, or someone who likes Lieberman but happens to prefer Lamont. Rather, he searched for months to find a challenger to Joe Lieberman, and was one of the people who drew Lamont into the race. Now, Democracy for America has endorsed Lamont.

Now obviously, Jim Dean would not be fighting with such determination to knock off Lieberman, if his brother Howard really thought it was a terrible idea. Howard realizes how important it is to preserve every Democratic Senate seat if they want to win the majority, and ought to be willing to pull out all the stops to prevent a serious challenge to a good incumbent like Joe Lieberman. So you know that the DNC Chairman must really not care for Senator Lieberman.

So, is Howard Dean on crack or what? Why would he risk losing a safe (D) Senate seat? To appease the netroots who supported his failed candidacy? Because he doesn’t care about the Democratic party, just about his own personal Howard Dean movement? I don’t have a conspiracy theory here, I just plum don’t get it.

The worst part about this fiasco is how Republicans have wholly failed to capitalize on it. We’ve, sadly, limited ourselves to rooting for the better Dem, because there’s no real Republican challenger. My take is that it’s the winner syndrome: we’re not fighting because we already have everything worth having (presidency, both houses, most of the governorships, etc.). Unfortunately, we fail to realize that having won for so long means that it can only be downhill from here. I wish I saw some passion from my side to stay at the top.

Via Ace.

Posted by Karol at 07:13 AM |
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Only so much the GOP can do in CT, Karol. I think that the Gov is safe, which is saying a lot in that blue state especially after the Rowland fiasco. Furthermore, there are two Republican congressmen in serious jeopardy in the state (Shays and Simmons) and I can’t imagine Nancy Johnson is sleeping too well either. And before you jump too hard on the CT GOP, I’d remind you that none of the Republican state candidates in NY or that many of the congressional challengers (Dan Maio? The sainted grandmotherly and wonderful Eleanor Friedman-and yes I am being serious, she has a great heart) have much of a chance. I’m really starting to think the GOP is playing defense with incumbents in the blue states and not willing to mount agressive challenges in some cases. I just hope that they do not drop the ball with Kean the way they did Bob Franks back in 2000.

Posted by: Von Bek at July 26, 2006 at 12:33 pm

And before he made sausage, Jimmy Dean was an actor (he is one of the James Bond films but I can’t remember which one) and a country singer, probably best known for “Big Bad John” and a really horrible song about PT-109.

Posted by: Von Bek at July 26, 2006 at 12:37 pm

And here I was I thinking this was going to be a post about Rebel Without A Cause.

Posted by: Peter at July 26, 2006 at 7:08 pm

Diamonds are Forever was the Bond movie.

Posted by: Oschisms at July 26, 2006 at 8:40 pm

Jimmy Dean IS the guy who makes sausage and, to an extent, employs my brother.

Posted by: Esther Kustanowitz at July 27, 2006 at 7:44 am

Thanks Osch!

Posted by: Von Bek at July 27, 2006 at 8:59 am

Karol; it perplexes me why you care more about what the Dems are doing and not so much how the Reps are going about things. Elections are lost in at least two ways: sucking at the job, and the other person looking better.

Posted by: bryan at July 29, 2006 at 5:31 am
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