Some big name Democrats want to oust DNC Chairman Howard Dean, arguing that his stubborn commitment to the 50-state strategy and his stinginess with funds for House races cost the Democrats several pickup opportunities.
The candidate being floated to replace Dean? Harold Ford.
Says James Carville, one of the anti-Deaniacs, “Suppose Harold Ford became chairman of the DNC? How much more money do you think we could raise? Just think of the difference it could make in one day. Now probably Harold Ford wants to stay in Tennessee. I just appointed myself his campaign manager.”
If that’s a trial balloon, let’s all hop into our Sopwith Camels and shoot it down. The Democrats succeeded beyond expectations last Tuesday; Dean’s strategy is working. Harold Ford is a conservative loser, one of those Republican Lite candidates so beloved of the disastrous old-school beltway management. This unlikely proposal would represent a retreat from a path that is working to the old strategies that were obviously not working. They’d have to be insane to do that.
Also, somebody needs to stage an intervention for Carville.