Christmas in February
Can you think of a worse choice to head the DNC than Howard Dean? Al Sharpton, maybe? What are they thinking? Weak on foeign policy, losing values voters, suburban voters, sure Howard Dean is just the guy to bring these constituencies back into the fold. Sure he is. There are only two positives that I see for Dems. First is that Dean takes attention away from the dreadful combo of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. He also makes Hillary look good (and centrist) by comparison. That makes me nervous.
Ailing Democrats Put Their Faith in Dr. Dean
By Dan Balz, Washington Post Staff Writer
Two questions swirled around the Democrats as their
national committee assembled yesterday to select a new party chairman: Can he cure what ails the party, or is Howard Dean symptomatic of why those ailments may be so difficult to cure?
The former Vermont governor is poised to claim the party
chairmanship tomorrow. His victory represents a personal triumph one year after his presidential campaign was in ashes and symbolizes the strength of the party's revitalized grass roots in the aftermath of John F. Kerry's loss to President Bush in November.
But for a party grappling with the question of how it can become more
competitive in the red states of the South, Midwest and Mountain West, the decision to elect as its chairman a confrontational New Englander with a liberal identity and a penchant for making controversial statements sends a message in the view of some Democrats that little has been learned from the losses in 2004.
Learned little? It sure seems like they've learned a lot less than a little. Try absolutely nothing. The Democrat Party is a bunch of masochists at this point. Thank you sir, may I have another electoral beating! YES YOU CAN.