Friday, November 17, 2006


A Birthday Present for Gov. Dean

From the Association of State Democratic Chairs:

Resolution Commending Governor Howard Dean for Instituting "The 50 State Strategy" at the DNC WHEREAS, Governor Howard Dean is Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, duly elected by members of the Democratic National Committee; WHEREAS, Governor Dean has implemented a "50 State Strategy" that has been instrumental in helping to ensure State Democratic Parties have the tools, training, and resources needed to win elections up and down the ticket, in all parts of the country; WHEREAS, previously too many of our state parties had been neglected by the national party even as Republicans did a far better job of effectively organizing their State parties. The "50 State Strategy" reversed that trend and provided State Democratic Parties the tools, resources, and infrastructure needed to compete and win races in all parts of the country; WHEREAS, the 2006 elections demonstrated that if Democrats show up, stand up for what we believe in and work hard and ask every American for their vote, we can win in any part of the country at every level; WHEREAS, the "50 State Strategy" ensured that State Democratic Parties were able to lay the groundwork that enabled Democratic candidates to take advantage of a favorable political climate; WHEREAS, thanks in great part to the "50 State Strategy," Democratic candidates won races up and down the ticket, all across the country that they would not have been able to win, helping take back the U.S. House and Senate, elect a majority of Democratic governors - who now govern states that control 295 electoral votes -- and win ten new Democratic majorities in state legislatures; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of State Democratic Chairs honor and thank Governor Dean for his tireless commitment to State Democratic Parties and the "The 50 State Strategy," for holding himself to the highest ethical standards, and for never retreating from what was right for every Democrat in every state; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the "50 State Strategy" is a long term investment paying immediate dividends and that, as we look toward the future, State Democratic Parties will evaluate and enhance these efforts, to grow our majority and sustain Americans' trust in and support for us; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Democratic State Parties will continue working hard to show up and ask for people's votes in every corner of America to ensure Democratic victories in governor's races next November, to take back the White House in 2008, and to continue to rebuild the Democratic Party for the future.
I second the motion.
I'm still displaying my Dean button, and I'm not taking it off.
As Steve Gilliard says, the job is Dean's for as long as he wants it. If he does leave, it really will be because he wants to spend more time with his family. And with his brother Jim running DFA, that's a one-two punch for the roots and rank-and-file.
Shrimplate, I have a "Give 'em hell, Howard" button with Dean signature scrawled on it.

PW, I suspect that this press release is a an announcement that anybody who continues to accuse Dean of dragging down the election results, or threaten to oust him from the chair, will see what it looks like when united Democrats come after them. The state parties will not accept reverting to the Terry McAuliffe model.
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