Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Michael Moore Bucks Up Dean Supporters

Michael Moore, the author of Dude, Where’s My Country?, Stupid White Men, and producer of such films as Bowling for Columbine and Roger and Me, is supporting Gen. Clark. But he has some encouraging words for the Dean campaign.

This morning I picked up the newspaper and read this quote from a young woman who had worked as a volunteer for Howard Dean in Iowa:

“All the phone-calling we did, we’d have people who’d say, ‘I’m a Dean supporter, I’m a Dean supporter,’” said Kelly Chambers, Dr. Dean’s captain in Precinct No. 83. “But when it came to caucus night, we only had 11 people show up for Dean. It just seems like all my hard work’s been for nothing.”

I was crushed when I read this. Her despair, her sense of “what’s the use?” was something I’m sure many Dean supporters are feeling today. I can see, just from surfing the web, the debilitating affect the landslide loss in Iowa had on so many people who had placed so much hope in the man who created a grassroots revolution and was unrelenting in his attacks on Bush and on the war. If having the most volunteers, the most money (all small contributions from average citizens), and the boldest message can’t win an election, say Dean’s followers, then we might as well just give up.

As one who does not support Dean, I would like to say this to you: DON’T GIVE UP. You have done an incredible thing. You inspired an entire nation to stand up to George W. Bush. Your impact on this election will be felt for years to come. Every bit of energy you put into Dr. Dean’s candidacy was — and is — worth it. He took on Bush when others wouldn’t. He put corporate America on notice that he is coming after them. And he called the Democrats out for what they truly are: a bunch of spineless, wishy-washy appeasers who have sold out the working people of America. Everyone in every campaign owes you and your candidate a huge debt of thanks.

Read the rest of it here. It’s nice to hear such unifying support from a backer of another candidate.