Poor James Carville. He whines about the race for DNC chair “Somebody should have fixed this damn thing in November. . . This is supposed to be a rigged deal. You think the Republicans would do it this way?”
It’s this precise mentatlity that has put the Democrats out of power. Who gives a shit how the Republicans would do it? When the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency between 1993 and 1995, the Republicans didn’t get them out by becoming diet Democrats. They won by moving to the right.
This isn’t an argument for or against the Dems moving to the left–it’s just an argument that what the Republicans do should be irrelevant.
You don’t win wars by continuing to follow your losing generals. Everyone that’s been a leader in the Democratic party for a long, long time has only won Pyrrhic battles when they have won (Clinton’s victories were all Pyrrhic in retrospect, were they not?) so it’s stupid to continue to follow them. That means you Daschle, Gephardt, Carville, Clintons, Kerry, Kennedy–the whole lot.
There are all sorts of reasons why people are against Dean. He’s controversial, the scream, etc. At this point, though, he can’t do worse, can he?
Hopefully Dean can capitalize on what the Republicans capitalized on — a groundswell for change. I could write a book on this, but in a nutshell, it seems like the Republicans managed to blame every single social ill on the governing philosophy of New Deal Democrats–poverty, crime, inflation, joblessness, and military failures.
Now that all of these things (replace crime with terrorism) are the responsibility of the GOP, maybe the wheel will go round again. But it won’t go round if you keep affirming the leadership of the bad generals.