November 5, 2004


Dean Calls For Action After Disappointing Election (The Champlain Channel, November 4, 2004)

The results of Tuesday's election were disappointing for many people, including former Vermont governor and former presidential candidate Howard Dean.

His organization, Democracy for America, endorsed dozens of candidates -- only about a third of whom actually won.

But Dean and his supporters said they have just begun to fight.

The first big fight over the direction of the Democratic Party comes over who gets to replace Terry MacAuliffe at the DNC and supposedly Mr. Dean wants it. If Republicans got to vote he'd get it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2004 12:08 AM

I thought you wanted the Democratic Party to get its act together so they could add to the political debate and help move the country forward? Though maybe Mr. Dean is the best they can do. Bummer!

Posted by: Bret at November 5, 2004 1:33 AM

DemonRATs get their act together? no way--let them go the way of the Whigs, then the GOP can split into an isolationist party and an interventionist party. My first thought was to prefer McAuliffe, his record in 2000, 2002, and 2004 is impressive. But Dean, a true lefty, could be better yet.

Posted by: John Cunningham at November 5, 2004 1:37 AM

Bret, isn't the Democratic party's biggest problem how good liberals, such as yourself, are beginning to feel more comfortable with us conservatives than they are with people like Dean?

Those evangelicals just aren't scary anymore. At least not in comparison to hearing Howard Dean scream like a strangled cat.

Reading a hopping blog like Little Green Footballs has convinced me that the young liberals of the eighties have seen the light because of 9/11, cutting off the supply of new talent to the Democrats. The debate for the future of America is happening within the Republican party.

Posted by: Randall Voth at November 5, 2004 2:56 AM

Dean seems to have some organizational ability. He managed to go from being a non-descript governor of a state with a smaller population than Luxembourg to being a major player in his political party. He didn't do it because he was good looking. That is no small accomplishment.

On the other hand, McAuliffe is basically a drunken lout with a channel to Dixie Mafia money.

Dean is wrong, but he's no lunatic even if he has played one on TV. McAuliffe is a two-bit hood who can't even be guaranteed to be sober when he talks to the media.

I'd rather face McAuliffe.

Posted by: Bart at November 5, 2004 6:20 AM

My sense is that MacAuliffe is safe. This is the Clintons' party and the Clintons don't seem all that upset.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 5, 2004 7:40 AM


He was a vastly superior nominee and he blew it, not a good sign.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2004 9:06 AM

I think Dean should run again. The Hill vs HoHo battle would be extraordinary.

Posted by: NKR at November 5, 2004 10:10 AM

Dean '08 vs. Hillary '08.

YEEEAAAAAGGGHHHHH! I'll make the popcorn, you bring the beer.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 5, 2004 2:44 PM