Bye-bye Howard

Bye-bye Howard
: Dean just posted his farewell on his blog:

Today my candidacy may come to an end–but our campaign for change is not over….

In the coming weeks, we will launching a new initiative to continue the campaign you helped begin. Please continue to come to www.deanforamerica.com for updates and news as our new initiative develops….

This Party and this country needs change, and you have already begun that process. I want you to think about how far we have come. The truth is: change is tough. There is enormous institutional pressure in our country against change. There is enormous institutional pressure in Washington against change, in the Democratic Party against change. Yet, you have already started to change the Party and together we have transformed this race. Along the way, we

  • A Fish

    Every time Dean starts to fade from the headlines…
    JARVIS mentions Dean fading from the headlines, giving Dean a few more minutes of fame.

  • http://youngcurmudgeon.typepad.com Eric Deamer

    Along the way, we

  • http://www.lolajl.net/blog/ Lola

    And good riddance.

  • John

    What exactly is the trivia question?? Which Presidential candidate was most like a dot.com company?

  • Anonymous

    Well, at least we got to ridicule people who became interested in the politcal process. It wasn’t a complete loss.

  • http://youngcurmudgeon.typepad.com Eric Deamer

    Well, at least we got to ridicule people who became interested in the politcal process. It wasn’t a complete loss.
    And you got to make a pious, finger-wagging, sanctimonious comment from the shelter of total anonymity, unfortunately that was a complete loss for you of the time it took to type the drivel and everyone else who made the mistake of reading it.

  • http://much-ado.blogspot.com/ Mike

    Dean drops, country breathes.

  • Ebb Tide

    A new “initiative” … sounds so promising, so upbeat, so…. so corporate. I can’t wait.
    $45 million dollars…. that’s not enough, huh?
    He needs more. What a PHONY.
    Dean has done nothing but drag the Democrats to the far left for no reason. He has not made any constuctive contribution except to show that you can bilk $45 million dollars out of people a tiny bit at a time. Drip. Drip. Drip.
    Howard GO AWAY… stop pretending to be a Democrat with a big D, go be a democrat with a small d… but GO AWAY.

  • yeeeaaarrghhh

    Trivia question. Nonsense.
    You haven’t seen the last of Howard Dean. Senator Dean will commence his term in Washington in 2006 when Senator Jeffords retires. For the betterment of this nation, Vermonters are intent on foisting him off on Washington.

  • http://youngcurmudgeon.typepad.com Eric Deamer

    I’m sorry, last comment. But again, God those people are creepy. (See above)

  • A Fish

    BuzzMachine should be renamed to the Dean Stalker Blog.

  • http://www.beggingtodiffer.com/ BTD Greg

    I see Dean is encouraging his followers to back whomever ends up being the Democratic nominee, but many of Dean’s followers seem to have other plans. (They particularly seem to despise John Kerry.) Does it really surprise anyone that the Dean Machine is larger than the man, and that he seems to have little control over what it does?

  • billg

    Besides raising a lot of money via the internet (not exactly a surprising eevelopment) what exactly is Dean supposed to have changed?
    Is he gonna change the person in the White House? No, ’cause he’ll be sitting in Vermont.
    Is he gonna change the way campaigns are conducted? No, ’cause he spent all that money and got zip.
    Did he figure out how to get “young people” excited about politics? No. He tried to leverage what they were already excited about. For historical precedents, see Gene McCarthy, George McGovern, Bob Kennedy and Jack Kennedy.

  • http://www.hfienberg.com/kesher/ Yehudit

    “JARVIS mentions Dean fading from the headlines, giving Dean a few more minutes of fame.”
    Gee, JARVIS is a lot more powerful than I thought. . . .

  • dani

    you all sound like a bunch of ignorant whining republicans to me
    a little to warped by cnn-
    try thinking for yourselves

  • A Fish

    “Gee, JARVIS is a lot more powerful than I thought. . . . ”
    He’s famous!

  • http://www.beggingtodiffer.com/ BTD Greg

    Personally, I enjoy thinking for myself.
    But then, I also take satisfaction in little things like capitalization, punctuation, and spelling, so go figure.

  • http://www.gapingvoid.com hugh macleod

    I feel kinda saddened by the news. Then again, I’m a Republican bwa ha ha ha…

  • http://youngcurmudgeon.typepad.com Eric Deamer

    I don’t see how Dean could’ve lost. I mean, he had the support of the all-little-letters crowd.

  • Anonymous

    YES, BUT ALLCAPS TRUMPS ALL-LITTLE-LETTERS. HAHAHA.

  • http://hippercritical.typepad.com Glenn

    who’s whining now?
    those silly deaniacs. he he hehe
    hAHHHHaahahahaaaha

  • http://www.geocities.com/churchoffandel Ricky Vandal

    Dean is a good guy. Kerry is a Creep. The intern might be out but the sword of Hanoi Jane is getting bigger and bigger over Kerry’s head. Read this blog and newspaper articles about veterans callling Kerry a traitor.
    http://hughhewitt.com/
    It also has a link to transcripts of what Kerry told the senate commission about “raping, murdering” American soldiers in Vietnam in the early 70’s.

  • http://oliverwillis.com Oliver

    How dare Howard Dean stand up to the (not very) popular wartime president? The nerve of the guy!

  • http://www.beggingtodiffer.com/ BTD Greg

    Yes, but Oliver, that’s not what sunk Dean. What sunk Dean was Kerry’s co-opting of the anti-Bush speak and delivering it in a manner that made him seem slightly less of a raving lunatic.

  • Timothy Lang

    Is it true that Howie said to the hovering media… “Just think how much you’re going to be missing. You don’t have Dean to kick around anymore. Yeeeaaargh!” ?

  • http://www.needlenose.com Swopa

    I should have had more faith in the intelligence, judgment, and wisdom of the people. The voters rejected Howard Dean and his message of anger and hostility.
    So what does it say that Joe Lieberman, who started with the highest name recognition of any of the Democratic candidates and led in the earliest polls, was rejected far more resoundingly?
    I guess we’ll never see Jeff address that question. Why should he, when he can pour bile on Dean for the 10,000th time?

  • http://www.shanksvillememorial.com furious

    Joe Trippi can add another losing presidential campaign to his resume:
    1980: Ted Kennedy
    1984: Walter Mondale
    1988: Dick Gephardt and Gary Hart
    furious

  • http://youngcurmudgeon.typepad.com Eric Deamer

    Oliver:
    It sure takes a lot of guts to take a firm stand against liberating 25 million people from brutal dictatorship. Just not,um, “guts” in a good way.

  • anne.elk

    Pete and Repeat were sitting in a boat. Pete fell out, who was left?

  • Anonymous

    And you got to make a pious, finger-wagging, sanctimonious comment from the shelter of total anonymity, unfortunately that was a complete loss for you of the time it took to type the drivel and everyone else who made the mistake of reading it.
    Bash, Bash, Bash! Oh Eric Deamer, you bully. Why pick on poor anonymous people who can

  • http://blogumentary.typepad.com Chuck Olsen

    Dean bashers and Deaniacs are forever doomed to lob insults at each other, to no avail.
    1. Dean did not “drag the Dems too far left.” Kerry is left of Dean on many issues. Do your homework.
    2. Change for the sake of change? Doesn’t hold water. Do you really need the long list of why we need to CHANGE who the president is? How about the mega-special interest money backing the likes of Kerry? Change with a small “d” democracy, indeed. Change the way political campaigns are financed and, next time, how they’re run.

  • V from VJ

    Thank goodness crazed leftist Dean will never be in charge.
    Balanced budgets are for commies. Or al Qaeda sympathizers.

  • Angus Jung

    “Well, at least we got to ridicule people who became interested in the politcal process.”
    If they were really interested in the political process, why the hell were they hanging around with Dean? It’s like saying, “At least the residents of Jonestown became interested in religion.”

  • Ebb Tide

    Dean did drag the party to the left, his message on being anti-Iraq war colored how everyone (except Lieberman) tailored their message. Kerry’s record of voting for the war and against the money to fund it makes no sense to me. Kerry’s voting record will get a lot of scrutiny, don’t worry…. but he did borrow from Dean, and I think it will hurt him. Look at how independants and Republicans voting in Wisconsin went for Edwards… in some states only registered Democrats can vote in Democratic Primaries, so Wisconsin gives a peek to how the rest of America might not embrace Kerry… those red states are still out there…. and an even more interesting map is not the States that went for Bush in 2000, but the counties, even redder. I’ll go find the link and come back and post it.
    Howard Dean did the Dems no favors, I liken what he did to the 2004 race to what Nader did in Florida.
    But Dean is staying on the ballot so we’ll see how his message plays out in the next primaries. We’ll see what role he has at the Convention.

  • Ebb Tide

    Oh, gosh, the page I was referring to is a dead link now, but the Google cache still has it, none of the graphics are there, though. Sorry! But here is the Google Cache of the page and you can read the words… I guess this was an att.net page and they got bought by comcast or something, who knows… anyway, this is still interesting reading (sorry I don’t know how to do that href thingie to make it clickable):
    http://216.239.53.104/search?q=cache:S9nDSwBaVcIJ:mwhodges.home.att.net/election2000.htm+&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

  • Ebb Tide

    For some insane reason this map has Gore in RED.
    But it is by county and you can get the idea of what I meant when I said that moving the Democratic party even further left is doing it no favors.
    Election 2000 by county, (Gore is red):
    http://cabernet.caliper.com/Maptitude/2000Election/map.asp