Howard Dean's ability to raise money using the internet completely failed to bring those who wrote checks to the polls in Vancouver, Washington yesterday. I spent two hours in the Laborer's Hall on Andreson, wandering, listening and watching.
The average age of voters was 50. About 2% minorities. These are not the representative demographics of the community. Dean pulled maybe 5% in most precincts, but as the voting rolled out many quickly shifted to Kerry. From all appearances, Kerry's supporters were more affluent, more established, smarter, and better able to wrangle loose votes in the room.
I met and observed four or five smart operatives, each working for Kerry, who basically delivered their precincts by attending the democrat planning meetings, and making 100 phone calls within their district. No one doing this for Dean. No one for Kucinich.
Aside from a mother and son waving flags inside for Kucinich, he has no supporters in Vancouver. It looked like from TV that both Dean and Kucinich had better support in King County and surrounds.
But Vancouver, for all its banality, is the heartland of America. They want a winner. They want someone who can beat the Bush.
No wave, no movement, no transformation, no commitment to change and no suit up and show up from progressives. All talk and no walk.