We Won--What's Next?
by Chris Bowers, Tue Feb 01, 2005 at 01:29:00 PM EST
It appears to be over. On the eve of the State of the Union Address we had hoped we would never witness, Howard Dean seems to have won the race for DNC chair. With Frost dropping out and congratulating Dean, with Leland and Webb dropping out and endorsing Dean, with a 6-1 lead in endorsements over the remaining candidates combined, with Rosenberg "considering his options," with the Fowler blow-up at the ASDC, with the blogosphere Roemer take down, I can no longer see a way that Dean does not win this thing. I can barely believe it. It looks like we finally won something.
Outside becomes inside. At the June 2003 Meetup, I remember watching a video message from Dean where he said "we are going to take our party back, then we are going to take our country back, and then we are going to take the White House back." Perhaps then this is the path we had to take. We have begun to take our party back. From that point, we can begin to take back our country.
I do not have as eloquent a post on this as Jerome did earlier this morning, but I do know that I don't want to listen to fundamentalist preachers anymore. Our chance to take back our party has arrived, but make no mistake: electing Howard Dean chair can only be seen as the beginning of that process. In particular, the Democratic consultant aristocracy is still firmly entrenched. Dean can only open the door for us--walking through it is another matter enitrely.
I am going to savor this victory tonight, and tomorrow I am going to attend the Philadelphia DFA Meetup. I imagine it will be somewhat like I had hoped the February 4th, 2004 Meetup would be.
Be happy, for a new day has begun. Now, I want to know what's next.