Howard Dean's Cry for Help:
Former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont said yesterday that the people drawn to politics by his campaign might stay home if he doesn't win his party's presidential nomination, thereby dooming Democrats in the fall campaign against President Bush.
"If I don't win the nomination, where do you think those million and a half people, half a million on the Internet, where do you think they're going to go?" he said during a meeting with reporters.
"I don't know where they're going to go. They're certainly not going to vote for a conventional Washington politician," Mr. Dean said.
This sounds like a shot at the democrat establishment to accept him or else. Up until 1996, I was a registered democrat. During each primary, I would vote for the biggest democrat loser on the ballot, even to the point where I voted for Jessie Jackson in 1988 and Jerry Brown in 1992. I feel I was instrumental in handing my state (which one could that be?) to Brown, almost destroying Clinton's chances that year. Oh, but I digress.
As for Dean, if he does or doesn't win, a large group of dems will be turned off in the general election. He either galvanizes or divides voters, it's that simple. He's trying to find people who don't typically vote in elections. The last two presidential candidates that tried that were George McGovern and Barry Goldwater. I wonder what happened to them?