It’s official — today the Democratic National Committee unanimously elected Howard Dean as its new Chair.

What does that mean? It means that he’s now the official leader of the entire party apparatus across the country. And he’s got big plans for bringing our withered party structure back into something that can compete with the GOP in every single state.

I’m ready. Let’s get started!

The first thing we can do is help show Gov. Dean our support by contributing to the DNC. He’s committing the Democratic Party to being an organization that is funded by its grassroots; that means we have to be willing to step up to the plate.

Daily Kos has set up an ActBlue account where you can donate to the DNC to show your support for Gov. Dean’s new agenda. You can contribute to that account right from here:


Let’s show Howard that we’ve got his back — chip in and help get this movement started today!


Sandy Smith

February 14, 2005
8:26 am

I would have been more excited had one of his first quotable quotes not been something to the effect of “the Democrats wanted a Homeland Security department–if you think of the security of this nation, you should think of Democrats.”
When I think of the destruction of civil liberties and the suspension of habeus corpus, I think of Homeland Security. I really don’t want to associate that with Democrats.
It’s a losing game to try to outflank the Republicans from the right, because if people want that kind of kookery, they know the Jebus party will be there to give it to them. Here’s hoping that was just an aberration and not his central theme.

Jason Lefkowitz

February 14, 2005
9:08 am

I don’t think the actual quote is as bad as you make it out to be:
“Americans want a strong and smart national security.
It was Democrats who pushed to create a Department of Homeland Security. It was Democrats who pushed to make our airlines safer. It is Democrats who are now working to make sure we close the remaining gaps in our security. It was Democrats who demanded reform of the intelligence community.
And it is Democrats who are pushing for a foreign policy that honestly deals with the threats of today, and the threats of tomorrow — like securing the nuclear materials around the world.
Republicans had to be dragged kicking and screaming to our side on all of these issues. There is no reason for Democrats to be defensive on national defense.”
Speech transcript: http://www.democrats.org/news//200502120001.html
That all sounds pretty reasonable to me. I agree with him (as you know from reading my blog) that Democrats shouldn’t concede national security as an issue to the GOP — especially since they’re doing such an apocalyptically bad job of it.

Sandy Smith

February 14, 2005
11:05 pm

“It was Democrats who pushed to create a Department of Homeland Security.”
Yeah, that’s basically as bad as I remember. I’d really put that albatross on the Republicans’ necks.