Howard Dean warns that he discovered “legions” of new voters who will not vote at all if he isn’t the Democratic nominee for President in 2004:
Howard Dean said Sunday that the hundreds of thousands of people drawn to politics by his campaign may stay home if he doesn’t win the Democratic presidential nomination, dooming the Democratic Party 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.”
Words fail me at this pronouncement. While every campaign finds a handful of voters who have never voted before or who have never crossed party lines before, Dean claims that he has the unswerving loyalty of enough people to beat George Bush, and that these people are so loyal that they’ll just stay home on Election Day if Dean isn’t on the ballot. So they must be terribly involved voters if they don’t care about any other issues on the ballot and don’t bother to learn about any other candidate. Sounds exactly like the kind of people that I would imagine voting for Howard Dean.
To note this, here’s my suggestion for a new Howard Dean campaign anthem:
Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble
when you’re perfect in every way,
I can’t wait to look in a mirror
I get better lookin’ each day.
To know me is to love me,
I must be a hell of a man —
Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble,
But I’m doing the best that I can.