How Could Dean Be Ousted?
by Matt Stoller, Fri Nov 10, 2006 at 08:43:26 AM EST
Some big name Democrats want to oust DNC Chairman Howard Dean, arguing that his stubborn commitment to the 50-state strategy and his stinginess with funds for House races cost the Democrats several pickup opportunities.
The candidate being floated to replace Dean? Harold Ford.
Says James Carville, one of the anti-Deaniacs, "Suppose Harold Ford became chairman of the DNC? How much more money do you think we could raise? Just think of the difference it could make in one day. Now probably Harold Ford wants to stay in Tennessee. I just appointed myself his campaign manager."
I honestly don't get this. How exactly are they going to push Dean out? Aside from spreading nasty rumors and cutting off big donors, which they've been doing for years, what leverage do they have on Dean? I'm not defending Dean's tenure, I'm just curious why these people seem to think that they can oust him. What do they know that I don't? Or do they just think that the world works through dishonest rumors spread in the CNN green room?
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A threat (Chris): If Howard Dean is ousted as DNC chair, I will start a campaign for all small donors and all netroots actiivsts to stop giving money to the DNC, DSCC, DCCC, DLCC and DGA. This is not an idle threat. Democratic parties and committees will lose tens of millions of dollars every year if they do this. Count on it.
Update: Here's the DNC Charter. The answer to 'how Dean could be removed' is if a majority of the Democratic National Committee members vote to remove him. If anyone wants to get a majority of DNC members to voice public support of Dean, that would be the way to tell Carville and co. to STFU.