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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
posted by Justin Hart | 9:07 PM | permalink
Feckless democratic ad
Listen, we all recognize that the President is down in the polls. But leave it to the Democrats to kick him when he's down. I guess that's politics. But it seems a bit absurd and a bit outlandish to launch a fundraiser to take back the White House during the State of the Union address.

Tonight I received the following email from the Howard Dean. Admittedly, this is a savvy way to rally the base. But in my book it's basically a feckless rub in the face. My only consolation is that probablynot make it to 1600 donations before the night is out.

Dear Justin,

This president's approval ratings have sunk to levels unseen since Richard Nixon.

That's right -- going into his State of the Union speech, George Bush's popularity matches the Republican who became so deeply and universally disliked that he resigned from office. Americans have had it with this president.

So today, I want to talk to you about the next President.

You may not know everything about all the Democratic candidates yet. But let me assure you of one thing: building on our success in 2006 and continuing to grow the Democratic operation everywhere this year is absolutely critical to ensuring that a Democrat wins in 2008.

We took back both houses of Congress, but there's one important house left -- and it sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Putting a Democrat back in the White House will require a long-term investment by our party. It's time to take the investments of the last two years and go even further:

You see, while Democratic presidential candidates build operations in the states they need to win the nomination, it's up to the national party to grow capacity everywhere so our candidate is ready for the general election.

The fight for the Democratic nomination will be tough and expensive, and the winner must emerge with viable operations in the states that will decide the general election.

That's where you come in.

Besides supporting your favorite candidate, each of us has a responsibility to ensure that our nominee inherits a truly national organizing operation. That's the DNC's mandate, and it's one we must fulfill together.

We're already on our way. Our 50-state strategy powered victories up and down the ballot, in every part of the country in 2006.

We shocked the experts who simply didn't know how to explain three new Democratic Congressmen from supposedly "red" Indiana, Democratic sweeps in "swing" states like Iowa and Ohio, or unexpected wins in places like Kansas and Kentucky.

The Republicans never knew what hit them.

If we continue to build our program of grassroots organizing everywhere, they will be even more surprised when the Democratic nominee for president seems poised for an upset in some supposedly "safe Republican" states.

Will you make your down payment on a Democratic victory in 2008 right now? You can make your donation right here:

You may have to watch George Bush give the State of the Union this year, but if you look closely you'll see the impact small donations can make.

Over his left shoulder will be Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- the first woman ever to lead the House, and the first Democrat in over a decade.

It took a 50-state strategy to make that happen. Democrats picked up seats in "red" states, "blue" states and everywhere in between because we made a deliberate choice to fight everywhere.

As you see the images of George Bush standing at that podium, I want you to imagine a new Democratic president standing there in his place.

If you want that day to come, it's time to act -- please make a donation of whatever you can afford now to kick off the 2008 campaign:

Below you'll find a selection of the advice and suggestions that tens of thousands of you passed along to Senator Jim Webb as he prepares to give the nationally televised Democratic response.

Your notes convey feelings of both hope and concern -- optimism about the possibilities that come with more Democrats in charge, but frustration with the direction this president still seems intent on dragging the country.

The good news is that the rest of the country agrees with you.

The bad news is that if we don't rev up the operation now, we could miss the opportunity to elect a Democratic president to replace this one at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Make your commitment to the 2008 election now by making a donation to build the infrastructure we'll need to win:

Now I'll leave the task of addressing the substance of the State of the Union in capable hands ...


Thank you,

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

Oh, well. Regardless. Enjoy the speech

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