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.I only have one thing to say;
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."
Fuck you James Carville and the Bull Moose you rode in on!
Digby weighs in:
Apparently the beltway elite is determined to start a war. There is no reason for them to float this other than a purely malicious power play. Dean's strategy at least arguably worked (I would say undisputably) and the party won the fucking election. Why bring out the long knives in the middle of our victory glow? For the establishment to choose this moment to slap the progressive base of this party right in the face by dissing Dean is to alienate their new younger voters (and their future), their internet-based supporters and their activist grassroots all of whom worked their hearts out in this election.I guess it's time for Carville and Wittmann to decide if they want this to be a one shot victory. If they piss off the Howard Dean netroots it will be.
If there is anyone with the party out there reading this, please talk these short sighted retreads out of pursuing this line. The DNC leadership post is a partywide elected position and Dean has the allegiance of the states, so this is nothing more than public masturbation. There's no point in floating this nonsense except to piss people off.
We have a very important presidential election coming up and unless the Democratic party is living under some Rovian illusion that we have just begun the new thousand year reich, it's going to be very tough. If they think they don't need need all the help they can get, they're crazy. We may not be their favorite people, but we are valuable members of the party whether they like it or not --- and boneheaded talk like this will make things unpleasant in a million little ways that just aren't worth it at a time like this. Don't be dumb.
The establishment is going to have to grow up and learn to live with the netroots and the grassroots activists who back Dean. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but we aren't going anywhere.