Monday, January 24, 2005

Saving the Party from Howard Dean

There's an entertaining article by Howard Fineman in Newsweek about the desperate, and so far unsuccessful, efforts of Democratic insiders to prevent Howard Dean from becoming the party chairman. I particularly like the part where they were worried that Dean would "ruin the Democratic brand in Red States." Heaven forbid that, you guys have been doing such a bang-up job there. Bill Clinton went so far as to try and reenlist Terry McAuliffe, a move which, I fear, has forever ruined Clinton's credibility as far as I'm concerned.

1 comment:

David said...

I actually agree with Joe on this one. Dean would be a great party chair--second only to Clinton himself (although I also agree that hanging around with and promoting out and out losers like McAuliffe doesn't exactly inspire confidence). Let's face it: the South is gone. The rednecks everywhere are gone. Forget them. Build on what we have: an increasing lock on the Northeast, Middle Atlantic, and West Coast, gains among the educated in all income brackets, women, and all minorities (especially Latinos). I have yet to hear anyone provide a credible reason why Dean could not reach these groups. He's dynamic. He inspires action and loyalty. And he's a hell of a fundraiser.