Dear Governor Dean, I was a massive supporter of your campaign in 2004. I met you and Al Franken at a fundraiser in a NYC club one night, where we talked about high school wrestling – and I count that as one of my most stellar political memories.
That’s why I was so depressed to hear that you had endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. I am sure that you are doing so because you believe she is the only “serious” candidate, with “the best chance to win” – and so on. BUT I DISAGREE. I really believe the old maxim, “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.” In my 55 years experience, this has always proven to be true: Democrats cannot win an election unless they have a charismatic candidate that is beloved by the base, so that the base turns out in force on Election Day.
Hillary is not that candidate.
Sure, “Email-gate” may pass, and Benghazi is just something that GOP wing-nuts (plus Carly Fiorina) go on about, but Hillary’s favourability ratings as well as her “trustworthiness” ratings are in the toilet. You simply cannot depend on her to galvanize and excite an Obama-like coalition to save the day on November 8, 2016.
Governor, let’s face it: such phrases as “she’s better than what the GOP has” and “think about the Supreme Court” are simply NOT the rallying cries that will get the Democratic base to the polls. And we all know that when people stay home, Democrats lose.
The irony, of course, is that we have seen this all before. Remember the catchphrase from the 2004 election: “dated Dean, married Kerry” ?
We all know how well that “sensible choice” turned out!
Please consider changing your mind and endorsing Bernie Sanders. Not to put too fine a point on it, but you owe it to those of us who believed in you, who supported you, who worked our butts off for you because you represented something new, and fresh, and REAL. You should be standing with us now. And I would even go so far to say that you don’t just owe it to us – you owe it to the country.