Obama’s recent budget proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare while restoring military spending is not going over well with the former Chairman of the Democratic Party. Howard Dean is so outraged by Obama’s assault on the middle class he is threatening to leave the party he once led.
Dean doubled down on his threat to leave the part in an interview with BuzzFeed Monday. The White House did not respond directly, but an official did push back Monday on the thrust of Dean’s attacks.
“I just think that’s unacceptable,” Dean said. “If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party. If this were passed with Democratic votes, I think it would be impossible to be Democrat.”
“I would have to oppose any Democrat that is supportive of this,” Dean added.
Dean also founded Democracy For America which along with the entire base of the party is furious at Obama’s proposal.
In an email to several Democratic consultants Sunday night he forwarded to BuzzFeed, Dean excoriated the White House over the defense spending in Obama’s budget proposal.
“If the businessweek.com article I sent you is correct, it means the Prez proposed chain CPI cutting SS benefits while asking to restore Pentagon spending. He would never get that through either chamber,” Dean wrote. “What the hell are they thinking or is BW wrong?”
Businessweek wasn’t wrong. And the resulting backlash from the budget ended up splitting the Democratic Party while giving the Republicans a great campaign issue for 2014 and 2016. Obama attacking the Democratic Party’s two most successful programs, the legacies of FDR and LBJ, has shocked and dismayed most Democrats.
What would it say about Obama’s budget if it forced a former head of the party to change his voter registration?
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