Dean's favorite movie? The Warren Beatty-Halle Berry vehicle "Bulworth," about white California Democratic U.S. Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth running for his final Senate term. He decides to stop campaigning on a conservative platform and begins "speaking the truth" on social issues, especially regarding race. Of course, "the truth" is that "we got babies in South Central dyin' as young as they do in Peru. ... The Constitution's supposed to give 'em an equal chance, but that ain't gonna happen for sure. Isn't it time to take a little from the rich motherf---er and just give a little to the poor? ... Rich people have always stayed on top by dividing white people from colored people." He "gets down" with the "brothas," learns to rap, smokes marijuana and makes out with gangsta Halle Berry.
Dean wants to be the real-life Bulworth -- a man who can be, as Halle Berry so tastefully puts it, "my nigga." But he refuses to respect those whom he wants to befriend. At a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial ceremony in Iowa, Dean disrupted the event to get a photo op sitting in the front row. Not satisfied to merely cause a disturbance, Dean then walked onto the stage and began speaking with organizers. After being told he was not scheduled to speak, Dean stormed out of the building and told reporters to "get a new life." Event organizer Donna Graves called Dean's performance "disrespectful."
Dean is still attempting to position himself as champion of the minority cause. After his unimportant primary win in Washington, D.C., Dean bragged that the victory showed strong Dean support in the black community. Wrong. Dean's support in the D.C. primary came primarily from white voters. His victory margin over Sharpton came almost entirely from rich, white Ward 3, where white voters favored Dean 10 to 1 over Sharpton. In Ward 8, which is almost entirely black, Sharpton won 59 percent to 24 percent.
After his Iowa loss, is Dean finished? He's certainly in trouble. Before the primary, Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, said that Dean's strength in Iowa and New Hampshire mattered more than national polls, where Dean was slipping. With Dean's loss in Iowa, and his loss of momentum in New Hampshire, his chances for the nomination seem shockingly weak. Heading down South, where all those un-Vermontian black folk live, might kill his chances once and for all.
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