BMG News has learned who has been spreading a DFA email to the press in hopes of proving that Deval Patrick is … what? I don’t know, exactly.
Anyway, it was the Gabrieli campaign.
From: “Becky Deusser” [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Dean People helping Deval
—-Forwarded message ———-
From: Jim Dean, Democracy for America [email@example.com]
Date: Sep 15, 2006 10:41 PM
Subject: Deval Patrick: The final push
[and there follows the text of the DFA email that urges DFA members to “keep making phone calls and knocking on doors.”]
I love the subject line – “Dean People helping Deval.” Ooooohhh – “Dean People”! Boogity boogity! Why the Gabs people thought this was some kind of “gotcha” is completely beyond me. First, there is no news here. DFA endorsed Patrick months ago, and he’s been featured on their “DFA-list” website ever since. Second, a big part of DFA’s mission is to enlist and engage committed volunteers to work for candidates who advance progressive values. So here, the progressive candidate who has built a genuine grassroots movement is – surprise! – being backed by a progressive organization whose purpose is to back genuine grassroots movements.
… and the problem with this is … what? If the implication is that Patrick is another version of Howard Dean, too lefty for prime-time and bound to blow up at an inopportune moment, sorry, Im not buying…. If the Democratic Party is going to bet on a liberal this year, better that it be someone with legitimate grassroots support whos actually been pounding the pavement for the last couple of years talking with real people, rather than some aloof elected official anointed by clueless party insiders.