Well, Deaniacs who've maxed out your credit cards and sold your bicycyles to "feed the bat" so Howie can compete with Bush, looks like he's decided to ignore spending caps in the primaries so he can run negative ads against other Dems. Oh, I know, he'll say, "I had to defend myself. I was becoming a pin cushion." The truth is, Dean's slippage is largely self-inflicted. His ads seemed to hurt him, but he just can't help himself. The boy was spending like a drunken sailor-- and he's going to balance the budget?
To meet Bush he'll have to survive first. Guess that means a ton more negative ads bloodying other potential nominees. He'll rationalize it. Most of his supporters will as well. But for the rest of us, we will see it for what it is-- another Howie change of position.
Howie's Economic Stimulus Package
In just the seven days from Saturday, Jan. 10 through Friday, Jan. 16, Howard Dean spent $530,000 on television in Iowa-an astounding amount in a state so small. Indeed, Dean spent more than twice as much on television last week as he spent just the week before.
The huge final barrage pushed Dean's total television spending in the state to $3.3 million, by all indications the most any candidate has ever spent on television here.
For Dean, that translated into 8,920 total commercials aired in the four major media markets reaching Iowa that CMAG tracks. John Kerry, the next heaviest advertiser, bought only 6,045 commercials in the state.
Dean can spend so much on television in the state largely because he has opted out of the public finance system, which imposes caps on how much candidates can spend in each primary and caucus contest.