This subject has come up in several threads lately, and seems to deserve its own discussion.
Howard Dean has now been DNC chair for several months, and the early results don’t look promising. It seems to me that he has taken a bombastic strategy designed to rile up the base, rather than efforts to build the party and its warchest.
Fundraising for the Democrats in the first quarter of this year was less than half of the Republican effort. And while Dean has been talking to labor and state party groups in an effort to shore up the base, his counterpart, Ken Mehlman, has been talking to minority groups in an effort to peel even more voters away from the Democrats.
I realize it’s still early, and that Dean could still turn things around. But he hasn’t even named a political director yet, the fundraising will continue to be a problem, and Dean’s rhetoric is so hot that people in the middle could easily be chased away.
Anyway, that’s my entry to this discussion, and I’m curious how it looks to other folks.