Howard Dean for DNC Chairman
Former presidential candidate Howard Dean is considering a bid to become chairman of the national Democratic Party. “He told me he was thinking about it,” Steve Grossman, himself a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Monday. Grossman was a Dean backer during the former Vermont governor’s failed presidential bid. Dean was traveling Monday in New York and unavailable for comment. His spokeswoman, Laura Gross, said “it was far too early to be speculating on that. The election was less than a week ago.”
The roughly 240 members of the DNC will elect a new chair early next year. Several names are already being mentioned, including former Clinton aide Harold Ickes; Donna Brazile, who ran Al Gore’s presidential campaign, and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.
Grossman said it is not too soon for Democrats to focus on their future leadership. “I strongly urged (Dean) to seek the position,” he said. “Howard is a voice of political empowerment and that to me is important, for the Democrats to get their sea legs back as quickly as possible, to get beyond the disappointment of the last week and to believe there is a bright future ahead for the Democratic Party.” Dean has been outspoken since the beginning of his presidential bid in saying that the Democratic Party must establish a separate and unique identity from Republicans.
Duncan Black, a/k/a Atrios, thinks “this is a good idea.”
In the spirit of bipartisan comity, I heartily concur. I urge Dr. Dean to take the reins of his party and become its national spokesman for the next two election cycles. He’s already got a path to victory mapped out:
Not only are we going to New Hampshire … we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we’re going to California and Texas and New York. And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan. And then we’re going to Washington, D.C. To take back the White House. Yeah!
The only thing that gives me any pause in fully getting aboard the Dean for DNC Chair bandwagon is this:
Grossman said that if Dean were to run for DNC chair, he would need to pledge that he would serve the full four-year term, thus ruling out a presidential bid in 2008.
I’d sure hate to miss the chance to see Dr. Dean fight Senator Hillary Clinton for the soul of the Democratic Party.