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Monday, November 10, 2008

Just What The Doctor Ordered

Bravo, Doctor Dean:

Dean was the architect of a "50-State Strategy," investing money and staff in every state — including those where Democrats had long fared poorly — to build party infrastructure and lay the groundwork for electoral gains. The Obama campaign, working with DNC organizers in all 50 states, won several states that had not elected a Democratic president in decades, including Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana.

State party chairs were generally thrilled with Dean's approach, while some Democratic leaders in Washington complained early on that the party's money would be better spent helping candidates who had a real chance of winning.

The disagreement broke into open warfare in 2006, when Dean clashed over money and strategy with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who ran the party's successful effort to win back control of Congress. Last week, Emanuel accepted the job of White House chief of staff in an Obama administration.

Some of Dean's most vocal detractors were former advisers to President Clinton. They include strategist James Carville, who once called Dean's leadership at the DNC "almost Rumsfeldian in its incompetence."

During Dean's tenure, Democrats regained control of Congress in 2006, and captured the presidency in 2008 while increasing their numbers in the House and Senate.

End of story.  Or maybe not.  Methinks this approach could help the Dems not only retain Congress in 2010 but maybe buck the mid-term trend and add seats.

The point I've made quite a bit of late: you won't win if you don't try.  The Clinton/Schumer/Emanuel Do The Minimum Stratagem was an abject failure and after 2 election cycles of unadulterated success, one hopes that the main beneficiary of Dean's approach will appoint a chair who prefers this feeling of victory over continuous loss.

ntodd

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The Clinton/Schumer/Emmanuel Do The Minimum Stratagem was an abject failure

Not the least of which is because it echoed Karl Rove's math. 50.1% may win an election, but it doesn't build a majority.

Posted by: geor3ge | Nov 10, 2008 9:08:18 PM

Some of Dean's most vocal detractors were former advisers to President Clinton. They include strategist James Carville, who once called Dean's leadership at the DNC "almost Rumsfeldian in its incompetence."
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Incompetent leadership and the disastrous elections of 2008. A new book by ... wait a second, what was Carville's party?

Posted by: Ghost of Joe Liebling's Dog | Nov 10, 2008 10:52:33 PM

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