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The Blog Book Club: You Have the Power, by Howard Dean

This is Howard Dean. Thank you for joining us as we discuss my book "You Have the Power." Politics must be powered by people and not by special interests.  America is losing her way and this book is a road map for the Democratic Party to become the party of ordinary Americans again. I believe this is the direction that we need to take to take our country back.

Primarily, "You Have the Power", reflects what I discovered in the American
people during the Dean for America campaign and what I discovered in myself. I believe the principles set down here are true, and achievable, and that it is
crucial to act on them now and forever.

Community is the power. There are more issues that unite Americans than divide Americans, and "wedge issues" won't be able to get a foot in the door of the people and parties that recognize and support their communities. I wrote about our house-parties, that they were and are not about fund-raising or necessarily campaign actions, but that they put people getting to know each other at the center of the grassroots campaign. (p.161) Not issues, not fund-raising, but people and their feelings, their life stories, their personal experiences.

The Blog Book Club online community, it seems to me, is another good example of the power of community. You learn and grow together. You know how to agree to disagree, you empower each other with knowledge, and you energize each other - you do have the power.


Posted by Charlene Johnston on January 19, 2005 at 08:58 PM | Permalink


Dean is always first!

Posted by: jc | Jan 19, 2005 9:00:01 PM


Posted by: democat | Jan 19, 2005 9:00:18 PM

Howard Dean is stuck on a flight right now ( timing off due to very bad weather ) and will not be participating live in the Blog Book Club discussion with us. He has asked Laura Gross his Communications Director ( who worked side by side co-editing the book with Dean) to help us out by blogging with us tonight. Laura Gross has graciously and enthusiastically taken Gov. Dean up on this last minute request.

We will also be posting the 20 some advanced questions that Howard Dean has worked on for us in advance. Governor Dean has been looking forward to this opportunity and is as disappointed as us.

He will get any questions that Laura can not help him out with tonight, and respond to those questions later. I will let you know when his answers will be posted.

Let’s Give a warm welcome to Laura.

Posted by: ChrisNYC | Jan 19, 2005 9:00:19 PM

We have the power, sure, but it looks like we don't have the doctor with us tonight, eh?

Posted by: Toscha | Jan 19, 2005 9:00:24 PM

Hi JC!

Posted by: mataliandy | Jan 19, 2005 9:00:45 PM


welcome laura! can you give a dean scream in his stead?

Posted by: democat | Jan 19, 2005 9:00:49 PM

Good evening, Dr. Dean.

I would like to know, how do we stop the destructive policies of the Bush administration NOW. We are all working towards improving things, but it takes time.

Posted by: Mary McMullin | Jan 19, 2005 9:01:36 PM

If I really have the "power", then I wish to exercise the power by having you run for President again in 2008, rather than for DNC Chair in 2005 :)

Posted by: Patricia C | Jan 19, 2005 9:01:37 PM

and welcome, Laura!

Posted by: jc | Jan 19, 2005 9:01:45 PM

Hi Democat, toscha, and Chris!

Welcome Laura!

Posted by: mataliandy | Jan 19, 2005 9:02:16 PM


I thought the Guv was here!

Posted by: Mary McMullin | Jan 19, 2005 9:02:25 PM

Poor Guv, where is he right now? Hovering over Vermont in an airplane?

Posted by: Diana in northern VA | Jan 19, 2005 9:02:25 PM

I hope the Governor arrives safely at his destination. Better the pilot should play it safe vs the weather.

Posted by: Dean Nut in Sandy Eigo | Jan 19, 2005 9:03:06 PM

reposting...Welcome Laura -- please don't regard our disappointment in Dean's absence as having any reflection on you! We're glad you're here and look forward to your answers to our questions...

so how do you feel about Dean running for DNC Chair?

Posted by: Hypatia | Jan 19, 2005 9:03:07 PM

reposting...Welcome Laura -- please don't regard our disappointment in Dean's absence as having any reflection on you! We're glad you're here and look forward to your answers to our questions...

so how do you feel about Dean running for DNC Chair?

Posted by: Hypatia | Jan 19, 2005 9:03:07 PM

Too bad Howard is (once again) stuck in bad weather a la air travel.

Thanks for punting, Laura! Welcome!

Posted by: listener | Jan 19, 2005 9:03:25 PM


hi gov. dean! thanks for everything that you do.

since you said that if a minority candidate pronounced himself for dnc chair you would bow out, does wellington webb's candidacy mean that we can start mass-producing dean '08 buttons now?

just wondering, f

Posted by: democat | Jan 19, 2005 9:03:27 PM

Hi all,

Thank you for coming out tonight. We're also disappointed that the Governor was unable to join us tonight. Between asking questions of Laura (and please, ask away -- she's one smart person!) I'll be posting the questions that Governor Dean answered from your submissions.

Thank you again for coming!


Posted by: Tara Liloia DFA | Jan 19, 2005 9:03:39 PM

Good Evening Laura, thanks for filling in, we hope that you understand that if we sound disappointed, it has nothing to do with you.

Posted by: Vicki upstate Ny | Jan 19, 2005 9:03:47 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for coming here to discuss "You Have the Power." Unfortunately, Governor Dean's flight schedule was changed due to bad weather and he won't be able to join us live tonight. Since you submitted questions early, he already answered some questions and Tara will post the answers over the next half hour.

We will be taking questions for Governor Dean and he'll answer them when he returns.

In the meantime, Governor Dean has asked me to discuss "You Have the Power" -- after reading and editing many early drafts, I am very familiar with the book and traveled with him for a lot of the book tour. Please feel free to ask questions of me or to direct them to Governor Dean for later.

Once again, my apologies – the weather just wasn’t on our side today.

Thank you,
Laura Gross

Posted by: Laura Gross - DFA HQ | Jan 19, 2005 9:04:16 PM

Thanks Tara!

Posted by: mataliandy | Jan 19, 2005 9:04:52 PM

Maybe someone needs to go over to the old thread and tell Laura we are here.(lol)

Posted by: Phil*in* Iowa | Jan 19, 2005 9:04:57 PM

The streets were thick with faux-cowboys this evening in Washington, but Sal and I had a great conversation with two gentlemen in a Blimpie's sandwich shop. One voted for Kerry - the other for Bush. The conversation was civil and dare I say even friendly. I might add that both were first-generation Americans.

Posted by: DavidA.Stevenson | Jan 19, 2005 9:05:06 PM

note to gov. dean:

while you're at the airport, HOLD ON TO YOUR WALLET THIS TIME!

just kidding, f

Posted by: democat | Jan 19, 2005 9:05:08 PM

Someone should tell the other thread "new Thread"--I don't know how to get back there.

THANK YOU MYMV for hosting this Blog BOok CLub


Page 27: When Dean talks to Gore, about wanting to come in at least second in Wisconsin--Gore patiently listens to him, and doesn't say what he wants to say, that Dean should quite

Gore" Think long-term" he said. "keep your eye on where you reall want to end up. This isn't about whether or not Howard Dean ends up being president of the United States. it's about the futrue of the country"

Well, laura my question is, aren't those the same things? and I heard Gore say that is also why he didn't fight in 2000, and today regrets that.

Posted by: ChrisNYC | Jan 19, 2005 9:05:30 PM

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