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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

I Have a Fever, And The Only Prescription is More Cowbell

Oy vey. I've been sick with the flu all week and it's been hard to post, dear reader, as my mind is frequently clouded with DayQuil. You know, if you haven't gotten a flu shot, now would be a good time (if available), because this flu that seems to be going around everywhere will knock you on your ass, much like Mister T knocked Rocky on his ass in Rocky III. Say, speaking of the Rocky movies, how come no one ever blocks punches? It's like all offense in the ring. Ah, never mind. Oh, wait, maybe this is a better comparison: the flu will knock you on your ass, much like when the karate punks knocked Daniel LaRusso on his ass in The Karate Kid (right before Mr. Miyagi knocked the karate punks on their collective asses).

One bit of political news from the weekend was the announcement that Howard Dean had been elected to head the Democratic National Committee. I haven't made the rounds to the right-wing sites, but I suspect they're all laughing it up over Dean winning the vote to head the DNC. And I'd be willing to bet that they all make a reference to the Howard Dean "scream" from last year (this is an interesting bit of video that shows how the audience heard the Dean "scream" -- television viewers heard it because of Dean's microphone, but if you were in the audience, you could not hear it at all as the crowd was cheering loudly).

So, what to make of Howard Dean heading the DNC? Well, I'm not sure what to think right now. Early in his campaign Dean had a lot of momentum, thanks in large part to the grassroots efforts adopted by Dean, utilizing the Internet to connect supporters with the candidate. We know that the momentum eventually fizzled out when John Kerry took the lead. So, what to expect from Dean as leader of the Democratic Party? I'm hoping that he helps (if he can) fine-tune the Democratic platform. We can't just be a party that is in opposition to the Republicans. We have to stand for something, something specific. It shouldn't be about reacting to the "red states" but instead uniting everyone to a common set of goals and positions. I would also hope our candidates would stand firm on issues of importance to Democrats. Republicans seem for the most part pretty focused on their core issues, but Democrats are less focused. I don't know if Howard Dean can pull off reorganizing the DNC, but here's hoping he does.

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