More DNC dish

Trippi today writes a Wall Street Journal Column on the Future of the Democratic Party, Only the Grassroots Can Save The Democratic Party today. Does it signal that Joe is backing Howard Dean's candidacy for the DNC Chair?

Donnie Fowler is a candidate for the DNC position. Want to see his position paper?  I'll include it in the extended entry. Maybe this will awake the mighty Stirling Newberry to write something about those Clark days last Fall.  

From Vilsack on CNN via NJ's Hotline: I was asked to consider it. And out of respect for those who were making that request, I gave it some consideration. That was Kerry, whom it now appears is turning to his NH backer, as the ABD candidate. Says Vilsack:

"There are a lot of people that would be able to do a good job as the DNC chair. But, you know, at the end of the day, it's really not as much about the chair as it is about the rest of us willing to help the chair. This party has some significant challenges ahead. We've got to rebuild the grassroots. We've got to make sure that neighbor to neighbor are talking about Democratic ideals and policies and programs and politicians. That's going to take a lot of effort on the part of a lot of people. Not just the chair. Howard [Dean] is certainly someone who energized the grassroots. There's other folks, Jeanne Shaheen, a variety of other people that have been mentioned that I know could do the job. So I'm confident we're going to have a good chair. But I want to make sure that the rest of us help carry this rather significant heavy load that we face"Finally, I'll head down to Orlando for the Exec. Directors DNC meeting in mid-Dec, not that I'm invited...  
The Democratic National Committee

Embracing the New Politics and Perfecting the Old
Donnie Fowler, Candidate for DNC Chairman  /  November 2004

In a time where America's progressive movement and the Democratic Party feel the pain of defeat, Democrats must reaffirm our soul and commit ourselves to the new politics while perfecting the old.  Today's Democratic Party is the legacy of our nation's greatest accomplishments - the American Revolution, abolition of slavery, giving women the vote, the right to organize, winning two world wars, and the civil rights movement.  Standing up for this tradition is the charge of the DNC and progressives everywhere.

Democrats must stand up for our beliefs and take risks.  Democrats must be defiant in defeat.  When we lie down, we get run over.  

Democrats must cross the values threshold.  Democrats love issues, but we must remind voters we have a soul before we convince them that our policies make sense.  

Democrats must find new voters.  To return to power, Democrats must maintain the loyalty of traditional Democrats and recognize that huge parts of the electorate have arrived, changed, or shifted in our country over the last forty years.  

Democrats must remember that voters don't live in Washington.  Conventional wisdom and an aristocracy of consultants have created a national party that has lost the handle on what is truly important to voters and what is really happening in their lives.  Local people know better.  Let them lead.

The Democratic Party must increase its communications capability.  Democrats must communicate year round with voters where they live, through their local news outlets, and by using trusted local opinion leaders.  Regional political and communications offices plus a true understanding of new media and new technologies are essential.  

We must form a shadow government.  The DNC should coordinate the Party's leadership, not just our congressional members but also our governors, party chairs, DNC members, and leading thinkers.  The Democratic Party needs a single entity, acting as a clearinghouse, so that the resources and message of the progressive movement do not duplicate each other or directly conflict.

We must raise money.  Continued fundraising success requires a message that attracts donations and proof that the money produces real results.  

We must measure what we do, hold ourselves accountable, and review our progress.  The DNC must perform more like a business by setting measurable goals, quantifying its progress, holding staff accountable, and reviewing its activities on a semi-annual basis.
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Donnie Fowler has achieved a leading role in political and high technology circles through his work in Silicon Valley and at the Federal Communications Commission, service in the Clinton White House, and work on six presidential campaigns.  He has advised dozens of companies, policymakers, public advocacy groups, and political campaigns on how to manage their media, policy, business development, & technology agendas.

Six Presidential Campaigns / Four Presidential Cycles
o    Gephardt '87-'88, Jackson '88, Clinton/Gore '96, Gore/Lieberman '00 (National Field Director), Wesley Clark '03 (Campaign Manager), and Kerry/Edwards '04 (Michigan State Director)

Political and Campaign Work in Fourteen States on the Ground
o    S.Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Connecticut, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Wyoming, California, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Virginia

Technology & Telecommunications Background
o    Federal Communications Commission ('97-'99)
o    TechNet, Silicon Valley ('01-'03)

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Vilsack said this?  What a horrible, evil, clueless, insensitive  insider he is.   We must destroy him now, otherwise he will destroy us.    

(Note: this post was composed with sarcasm)

by Andmoreagain 2004-11-30 07:44AM | 0 recs
good statement...
...from fowler.  better him than frost.  i'm still liking dean for the position, though.  but i will say that if fowler was picked, it doesn't seem like we'd be settling.  he seems to get it.  maybe he and dean could be co-chairs?
by annatopia 2004-11-30 08:44AM | 0 recs
Re: good statement...
Like what he said.

But I can't say I really liked working "under" him in MI this election season (as a volunteer at the county level). As a long time activist told me, this campaign was the least fun one she had ever worked on. Fowler was the only one who was somewhat spirited.

But damn were they disorganized. If that's what the party would look like if Fowler ran it, I think we might as well turn our copy of the keys to DC into the GOP right now.

by emptywheel 2004-11-30 10:15AM | 0 recs
that's interesting stuff emptywheel.  i've only heard good things about fowler, so thanks for the dissenting info.  care to elaborate?
by annatopia 2004-11-30 12:42PM | 0 recs
Doesn't matter...
  I think we're setting ourselves up for a big disappointment if we don't get Howard Dean as the DNC chair.  If we don't take over the party in the space of two years, all is not lost.  The netroots has established itself as a constituency that's gonna be here for a while.  If Howard Dean isn't the chair, the Clintonistas are still going to have to give us a seat at the table.  
by NCDem 2004-11-30 08:56AM | 0 recs
Position paper?
Is everyone interested in the job expected to produce a position paper???

I'd love to see Dean's.

by KimPossible 2004-11-30 09:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Position paper?
Um, well, I'd have to say that

is Dean's position paper...

Eric Davis
Democracy for Illinois

by ericd1112 2004-12-01 10:26AM | 0 recs
In Orlando?
Hey...  I'm in Orlando.  How do I crash the party?


by samizdat 2004-11-30 03:18PM | 0 recs
I'm split between Donnie and Simon.
by kydem 2004-12-01 04:30PM | 0 recs
suprised no one mentioned this
Donnie's papa is Don Fowler, former chair of the DNC, I believe.

I don't think that should disqualify him, but I do wince at the burgeoning aristocracy of our party. Maybe it's just because I live in Chicago, where my Mayor is the son of a Mayor, my governor the son-in-law of a powerful party elder, my attorney general the daughter of the speaker of the house, my state comptroller the son of the former Cook County treasurer and our newest congressman had his seat deeded over to him by his dad.

What a sick political culture!  But if Donnie Fowler becomes a great DNC chair, more power to him.

by ne plus ultra 2004-12-07 09:34AM | 0 recs
Re: suprised no one mentioned this
Well, now that I read what he had to say, I do think it should disqualify him.

This is classic cynical politico bullshit.  Defend against your most vulnerable side by attacking in that direction.  

He talks about the evils wrought by a campaign  aristocracy out of touch with Washington.  But there are few better example than the son-of-somebody who parlayed his father's position into spots managing campaigns at the national level, consulting for tech firms, bouncing from state to state wherever you could land a sweet spot.  

This does NOT look like the resume of someone who got where he is by having a good ear for what American voters want.  He has played the insider political game all his life.  

by ne plus ultra 2004-12-07 09:44AM | 0 recs


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