January 12, 2005


Dean Sticks to His Ideals In Bid to Lead Democrats (John P. Gregg, 1/12/05, Valley News)

Upper Valley supporters said the former physician could be what the doctor ordered to revive their party, but acknowledged Dean must convince Democrats from other parts of the country that he is up to the task. The DNC chairman, currently Terry McAuliffe, traditionally serves as a fund-raiser, national spokesman and candidate recruiter for the party, among other duties.

“I think the challenge for Howard is that he came out of the campaign perceived to some degree, at least nationally, as an ‘Eastern liberal,' ” said Fairlee resident Peter Mallary, the new chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party.

Mallary, a state lawmaker when he lived in Newbury, said he is backing Dean and will tell colleagues around the country that Dean is not easily typecast. Mallary has a vote in choosing a DNC chairman.

“I think one of the challenges for those of us who remember working with Governor Dean when he was governor, is to remind people that this is a guy, who in the Vermont tradition, is quite progressive on social issues, most of them, but is moderate to conservative fiscally,” Mallary said.

The problem is he didn't stick to his relatively centrist ideals when he was campaigning, allowing himself to instead by co-opted by the loons on the Internet Left. Now his pitch to the Party is that he's uniquely qualified because of those ties to the fringe.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2005 12:29 PM

The Dean of the primaries was so different from the Dean of Vermont. It was like he was replaced with his Bizarro double. I kept telling all these coo-coo Liberals that he wasn't really the Second Coming of the Holy Nader, that most of the coo-coo Liberals in Vermont hated him a lot for his pro-business Dicky Snelling-esque tendencies, but nobody wanted to hear that.

Posted by: Governor Breck at January 12, 2005 12:39 PM

The problem for the party is that Dean is apparently a pugnacious sort who isn't going away, sort of like a Republican Pat Buchanan (except that Dean has actually held elective office and has part of the media on his side).

It will be very interesting to see if any Democrat attacks Hillary now that her former finance guru has been indicted. And will he point the finger at her?

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 12, 2005 12:41 PM

I should also add that I hoped Dean got the nomination and really got his ears pinned back by Bush and came back to Vermont a broken shell of a man, but I never liked him much anyway.

Posted by: Governor Breck at January 12, 2005 12:43 PM

The Vermont cuckoos really are off the reservation. There are people to Bernie Sanders' left. Pol Pot and Madame Mao are to their right. One can easily imagine people marching through downtown Burlington with signs reading 'Free the heroic Gang of Four. Vanguard of the Revolution.'

Dean would have no support south of the Mason-Dixon line or in flyover country. A social and foreign policy superliberal and a fiscal conservative won't draw beans. What is he? Tsongas with genitalia?

Posted by: Bart at January 12, 2005 1:32 PM