Saturday, January 22, 2005

Democrats are less interested in the DNC Chair election than they were in the November election, of course, but as far as the future of the party is concerned, the DNC election might turn out to be as important. To my surprise, Dean actually has a shot at winning it. I knew the party establishment would oppose him--and they may yet prevail--but here are two interesting pieces of news on the question.
An L.A. Weekly article by Doug Ireland analyzes the nominees and their backgrounds. The final paragraph is the most relevant. Despite continued efforts by the "center-right leaning power elite" to rally DNC voters behind one centrist candidate after another:
Dean is the man to beat. At a regional forum for the candidates for DNC chair in Missouri on Saturday, it was Dean whose every sally drew enthusiastic applause from those in attendance. And a poll for The Hotline of 187 of the 447 DNC members released late last week showed a clear Dean-Frost contest - with a first ballot choice of 58 for Dean, 30 for Frost, eight for Roemer, four each for Fowler, Rosenberg and Webb, and one lone vote for Leland, with the rest undecided. (But add all the votes in this poll for the other centrist candidates to Frost, and he edges out Dean.) The DNC meets February 12 to make its choice.
You can click here to read the article.
Further good news was reported on the ListServ on Friday by Jeannette Ward:
I just heard Robert Novak tell Paula Zahn on CNN that word was that Howard Dean pretty much had the DNC Chair position locked up. He said that the DNC establishment's attempt to push Martin Frost was not working. He further said that this had many of the DNC's big money contributors really angry and some were saying that they would no longer contribute to the Dems if Dean were Chair. Then he said that of course the Dems would still have Dean's little contributors, but many of the big boys were jumping ship. I consider this very, very good news. Having the big corporate dollars out of the Democratic Party can only bode well for the future.
Do you agree with Jeannette's assessment? Like her, I'm sick of the Democrats being bought by the big boys. On the other hand, without some of the big money, can we compete against those rich Republicans?
Regardless of your take on that question, Dean hasn't been elected yet, so, as Ireland said at the end of his article: "Stay tuned."

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