Today is probably the first time champagne corks were popped simultaneously at the RNC and DNC headquarters, as the Democrats voted in their man, Howard Dean, as chairman of the DNC:
Howard Dean, whose high-flying presidential bid collapsed in disarray one year ago, won the post of Democratic chairman on Saturday and will take up the job of leading the party back from November’s election losses.
The former Vermont governor was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee by acclamation, replacing Terry McAuliffe.
The resurgence of Dean, an early and fierce critic of the Iraq war and President George W. Bush, comes three months after a presidential election that some Democrats saw as a signal the party needed a more moderate approach to broaden its appeal in the South and mountain states.
But Dean countered those concerns and wooed party leaders with promises to focus on state operations, energize the party’s grass roots and build an army of small donors similar to the one that supported his presidential bid.
Which proves once again that the surest way to get promoted within the Democratic party ranks is to lose an election in spectacular fashion. Really, though- can he do any worse than Terry McAwful?
Also, to the folks in the wingnut left realm of the blogosphere:
A majority, 56%, said major changes are needed in the party’s approach to winning elections. Six in 10 said persuading undecided and swing voters is the key to future victories, twice as many as those who picked mobilizing the base. And 52% said they’d rather see the party become more moderate, compared with 23% who said more liberal.
But given a choice between trying to defeat the GOP agenda and draw “clear distinctions” between the two parties or trying to find areas of compromise with Bush and the Republicans, the DNC members picked “clear distinctions,” 68%-24%.
That no-retreat sentiment was reflected last week when the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, decided to put new emphasis on same-sex marriage despite some indications that proposed bans on gay marriage drew conservatives to the polls in November and helped Democrats lose.
“The Marriage Project” will support state and local moves toward same-sex marriage. “It’s a reflection of the importance that we place on the issue,” says Seth Kilbourn, HRC vice president.
You gotta love these guys- over half (depending on the poll) of the population is against gay marriage, so they are going to make a ‘clear distincition’ between Democrats and Republicans by advancing an extremely liberal agenda item that pisses off close to 2/3 of the country. God bless them, for they haven’t learned a damn thing.
Equal protection for gays in the marriage laws is a matter of principle. The Democrats have always stood for civil rights. Who gives a shit if the position is unpopular? Do you think the DNC did a poll to see how many people wanted desegregation of schools in 1960? It’s the principles that Democrats stand for that are the reason for the existence of the party. If it was just about getting somebody with the same letter after their name as us into office, then we would just switch to R’s and ride the wave.
at the rate and direction they are going, it will be another 20 years for the republicans
If they set aside the formality of marriage, and when for legal recognition of civil unions, they could achieve considerable progress right now. By insisting on everything at once they sacrifice prrogress for “principle”.
By the way, smijer, you might make note of the fact that it was Republicans who pushed thru civil rights legislation over the objections of the Democrats. Al Gore’s father attempted to pass Federal legislation expressly to overturn Brown v Board of Education.
Right, because the Repubs have been fronting solid centrist politicians for the past thirty years.
Remember, the Dems celebrated when the Repubs nominated the wingnut Reagan in 1980. It’s not about what you stand for, it’s about standing for something.
I have to say that I am very impressed that you were able to, in my opinion, accurately able to spell ‘yeeargagh’. Thanks for the giggle.
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