Friday, February 11, 2005

Strategery Democratic Style

The new Democratic strategy to turn red states blue. Make Dean the chair of the DNC.

I liked Donna Brazile. I though she was overall more moderate, and might draw more people to the Democratic party. Clearly not what the party wanted - too moderate? too black? too female? Dean should be an interesting ride.

The pluses and minuses I see are:

  • He's a heck of a fundraiser - will his grassroots internet model work at the party level?
  • He's not a stupid guy, and he's know what he stands for.
  • He'll be out of play in 08 so Hillary won't be forced to run to his left
  • He's a doctor just in case Bill has the 'big one'
  • He emerged on the national scene from the left, but it seems like in general he was fairly moderate in VT. Certainly a moderate in VT = lefty in Texas.
  • He'll polarize the heck out of the Democratic party
  • The RNC will get allot of mileage just running against him
  • Dean's wife won't have to worry about being first lady
  • Stowe, VT site of the 2008 Democratic national convention!
  • He'll do great raising funds in Florida, They love guys from the northeast down there.
  • The guy's got a temper - how will he do under pressure? and what kind of a leader will he be.
  • He's used to being the smartest guy in the room -- not sure how that's gonna play (this is a problem Terry McAuliffe never had).
  • We'll have to suffer through several hundred re-runs of the Scream speech.

Best of luck Howard!

News FLASH! 2/15/2005

Kind of funny, but oh comments like this could backfire fast!
NY News Day

"You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room?," Dean asked to laughter. "Only if they had the hotel staff in here." -Howard Dean

News FLASH! 2/16/2005 - Heres number 2!

DNC Chair Howard Dean has declared a news blackout of his appearance and requested the media not quote, record, and/or paraphrase his remarks in a debate with top Pentagon adviser Richard Perle on 'Post 9/11 foreign Policy'-- to his credit it was reversed. Best as I can tell this was a pay to attend event at Pacific University. Must have been a big yawn - google can't find any post debate spin.

Debate Coverage Blackout


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