DEAN: Something to think about
by DemDog, Sun Jan 16, 2005 at 11:43:20 AM EST
That said, I cannot support him for DNC chair, and as much as the vast majority of those on this blog admire and respect this man, I think it is important that a few things are kept in mind.
Howard Dean is a polarizing figure. His name alone invkes rage on the part of conservatives. I like that, because I tend to enjoy angering that group.
However, this visceral reaction many conservatives have to him is shared by independant voters, those our party will have to convert in 2006 and 2008 should we hope to win seats in Congress and, hopefully, the White House. The fact, then, that our titular leader would be found anathema by not only many Dems (a fact which cannot be disputed based on the "LAST CHOICE FOR CHAIRMAN" question asked by the Hotline poll) but also swing voters leads me to question whether Dean can lead us to victory over the next four years. Though I understand he is the unabashed leader and voice of the progressive movement, I am of the belief that a moderate VOICE pushing a progressive AGENDA will win far more acceptance among the electorate.
Futhermore, I question his managerial skills. First, I am offended by people who say that without Dean they will abandon their activism. Dean inspired people, but his absence should in no way deter you from fighting to restore a Democratic majority. Ultimately the party is not about a person; it is about ideas. What we all need is someone willing and, perhaps more importantly, able and adept at channeling these ideas into action. What we need is a fighter...and a winner.
And this, the ultimate goal, mission, and job of the next DNC Chair must be placed in the hands of a savvy, skilled, tenacious political hand. The fact of the matter is, Howard Dean spent $50 million and whittled away the biggest lead in the history of the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. Where did this money go? How was it spent? Why did he not get any results? The DNC Chair must be accountable to the party's donors, and based on his record Howard Dean was too far removed from the process to really know what was going on.
We can't afford such a malady again.
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