Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Howard Dean to Replace McAuliffe?

So one of the latest rumors swirling about involves Howard Dean possibly succeeding Terry McAuliffe as DNC Chairman. From an AP story linked on Drudge:
Dean has been outspoken since the beginning of his presidential bid in saying that the Democratic Party must establish a separate and unique identity from Republicans.
So what would come of this? Well, online contributions to the DNC would probably increase. Other than that, the above quote and Dean's actions during his presidential bid seem to indicate that his presence would move the national party more to the left. Great for energizing the base. However, if Dean and the Bob Shrum wing of the Democratic party want to revive the old-fashioned populist rhetoric that seemed to come to an end during the Clinton years (Shrum wasn't involved in the Clinton campaigns besides some speechwriting), then I can't imagine that 60 Senate seats for the Republicans is too far off the horizon. Also, Hillary could pretty much forget about making inroads in the red states.

On the other hand, Shrum would likely keep his losing streak intact.