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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Christmas Musings on DNC Chair

From the beginning of the DNC Chair race, even when the candidacy of Howard Dean was a mere dream (or a rumor, or a nightmare ... depending on who you are), he was my choice. About a month later though, I am not so adamant. Granted, Dr. Dean is still my first choice for the DNC Chair post, but he is not the first and only choice; not anymore at least.

In the last few weeks, several other attractive candidates have emerged. One, former Mayor of Dallas and 2002 Democratic nominee for US Senate in Texas Ron Kirk, is a very familiar face. He should be the junior senator from Texas right now, if there was any justice in the world. Sometime early last month I learned that, in fact, there was no justice in the world. So that makes sense now. Kirk would make me proud as DNC Chair, which is more than I can say of many of the other candidates. Jerome Armstrong of MyDD rated Kirk highly in his "Cattle Call" from the ASDC meeting in Orlando, making one think that Kirk could be in the process of acquiring the Big Mo.

The other candidate who is looking pretty good to me is Donnie Fowler. One thing that stands out immediately about Fowler is that he is the only candidate who is running a real campaign: i.e. posters, buttons, etc. He even has a website. Any Deaniac would certainly appreciate the URL address of Fowler's campaign website: www.ChangeTheParty.com. If Fowler is genuine in his distate for the current ideas and leadership, than he would make an interesting Chairman. Though he is relatively young, he is not inexperienced, having worked in high posititons on both the Kerry and Gore campaigns.

So put me down as a Dean supporter who would be able to keep the vomit down if Kirk or Fowler was chosen. In all seriousness, I think we have three solid candidates who have the ideas and leadership to move our party forward. Let's hope so.

And don't get me started on Martin Frost and Molly Beth Malcom .. sheesh ... no wonder they call us "losers" ...



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