As an independent, I believe strongly in the checks and balances of the two party system and thusly don't like to see either party get too far down or up. I want elections, especially presidential elections, to be about the relative merits of the individuals running, not the relative efficacy of their respective parties.
And it is for these reasons that I am quite concerned about Howard Dean taking over as Democratic national chairman, a result that was ensured when his last rival, Timothy J. Roemer, a former congressman from Indiana, dropped out of the running.
Among the statements of concern:
ABC News' The Note:
- If you haven't asked several smart people if your icky favorable/unfavorable ratings matter, and, if they do, what is to be done about them, a case could be made that you are even less prepared for your new job than those who are most worried about the words "DNC Chairman Howard Dean" fear.
- "I got into this race five weeks ago to talk about the devastating loss we experienced in November," Roemer said in an interview. "It was not about 60,000 votes in Ohio. It was about losing 97 of the 100 fastest growing counties in the country. If that's a trend in business or politics you're in trouble."
Republicans are in the strongest position they've been in since the early 20th century, Roemer said. [Washington Post]
- "I think if Howard Dean is to be the spokesman for the party, he is going to have to become a different Howard Dean than the one who campaigned for president. So now the question is: What kind of coalition is he prepared to build? We'll see if he can transform himself into one who represents all parts of the party — and not just the peace wing. Because the Democratic Party can't win with those people being the vanguard of the party. It won't work.' ''
CNN poll: Dean - 31 percent favorable view among Americans in both parties, and 38 percent unfavorable view, with the rest undecided.