July 5, 2006

THANKS, DEER HUNTER:

Democratic leaders at odds over long-term, midterm strategy (Jeff Zeleny, 7/05/06, Chicago Tribune)

Four months before the midterm congressional elections, Democrats are mired in a ferocious battle for control of the House and Senate.

Among themselves.

A feud within the ranks of party leaders is creating concern and consternation about Democrats' ability to capitalize on the bountiful political advantages the GOP has dealt them. Democrats are beset by competing messages, quarrelling messengers and conflicting visions for the future of the party, all of which could complicate and impede their fall election strategy.

In Washington, the fingers of blame are wagging largely at Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who has pledged to rebuild the party in all 50 states and U.S. territories rather than solely concentrate on the next election. But outside of the capital, party officials praise Dean for taking a longer view and devoting attention to Democrats everywhere, from Alaska to the Virgin Islands.

"They can say what they want, but we've been doing it the old way for a while and it's time for a change," Dean said in an interview. "To find out if the 50-state strategy is going to be successful, you'll have to wait for a couple of presidential cycles. It won't be deemed a failure, because I'm going to keep doing it."


Yes, when you keep repeating a failed strategy it's called insanity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2006 7:54 AM
Comments

"Yes, when you keep repeating a failed strategy it's called insanity."

That, or it's called government.

Posted by: Larry Knerr at July 5, 2006 1:56 PM

I believe that's called neurosis, not insanity.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 5, 2006 6:05 PM
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