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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Fowler Gets ASDC Exec Com. Endorsement

Wow. This is a surprise. Byron of BOR points out though that we really don't know what the impact of this endorsement will be. The Association of State Democratic Chairs Execuvite Committee is only twelve people, and the Chairman of the committee is hard core Donnie Fowler supporter due to Fowler's days last year managing the Kerry campaign in Michigan. After the endorsement, in an interview, via MyDD, Fowler said "Inevitability is dead, just like it died in 2004," a not so subtle allusion to Howard Dean's collapse in the 2004 Democratic primaries. I like Donnie Fowler, but I will be quite upset if Howard Dean is not elected DNC Chair. Unfortunately, if Dean doesn't win, its probably the end of his political career. No matter who you are, its hard to lose two elections (even one as arbitrary and undemocratic as DNC chair) and live to run for another office. Let's hope no matter what happens, both Dean and Fowler (and Frost, Webb, Leland and even the liberal blogosphere's most wanted moderate Tim Roemer) are able to help build the party in their own personal ways. I still think Dean will win; this endorsement hasn't changed that at all. What has changed is that this is, at least it appears to be, a three way race: Dean (still the frontrunner), Frost (the anti-Dean) and Fowler (essentially the Dean-wannabe). By the way, as reported by MyDD, the executive committee vote was not unanimous, so there's clearly not a tidal wave of support for Fowler, though it seems to be much more substantial than most were giving him credit for. Personally, I am still waiting for Simon Rosenberg to make his move. If Dean can't win on the first ballot, than Rosenberg will become a top tier candidate, as he is the second choice of a large number of both Dean and Frost supporters. One thing's for sure ... this thing is going to be interesting. February 12 is getting closer and closer, so expect the endorsements to begin to pour in.

Finally, Stephen Yellin (Mr Liberal of DailyKOS fame) has a new post on 2005 and 2006 races on his blog, the Yellin Report. It is definitely worth checking out.

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