Paul, shut yer fuckin' gob.
Please, someone put Begala out to pasture
Fri May 12, 2006 at 11:33:30 AM PDT
These inside-the-beltway assholes really hate the thought of Howard Dean building a 50-state party. I mean, they really, really, hate it. From the subscription-only Hotline:
"What he has spent it on, apparently, is just hiring a bunch of staff people to wander around Utah and Mississippi and pick their nose."
-- Dem strategist Paul Begala on DNC Chair Howard Dean's spending, CNN, 5/11
Begala -- one of the Clintons' favorite consultants -- thinks spending time building a national party is a waste of time.
And he insults Utah and Mississippi in the process.
Won't these Clinton-era jokers please go away? We tried their way and look where we are. Time for new blood.
Update: I'll add a little substance to this post...
How will the Dems compete in Mississippi in 2012 when Trent Lott retires and we have an open frackin' Senate seat to contest? By building a damn ground operation. And Dean is doing that -- building the Democratic Party of the future. Why is this so frickin' difficult for these idiot consultants to understand? (Answer: because Dean is taking money out of their pockets.)
As Charlie Cook wrote a few weeks ago:
Although organizing in Mississippi might not seem important to Pelosi and Reid -- after all, the state won't have competitive House or Senate races this year -- at some point, conservative Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor will retire, and then the House Democratic leadership may see the wisdom of their party already having a presence in southern Mississippi. When Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott retire, the Senate Democratic leadership just might have a similar revelation. Keep in mind that if Lott had opted to retire at the end of this year, as many had expected, Democrats would have had a pretty fair shot at winning that seat by running former state Attorney General Mike Moore.
The Democratic congressional leaders' shortsighted, penny-wise/pound-foolish complaints show why their party has become bicoastal. Congressional Democrats have trouble winning in many interior states, in part because leaders like Reid and Pelosi have failed to appreciate the importance of maintaining a strong national party apparatus. The Democrats' inability to consistently win elections in places where gun shops outnumber Starbucks is a big reason the party controls neither the House nor the Senate.
Right now, one of the biggest obstacles to Democrats' taking the House back is their failure to recruit strong candidates in many Republican-held districts that ought to be in play. Party building means lining up a solid team -- organizing and winning lower-level offices that give the party a talented bench from which to draw for higher contests.
Dean's view -- that Pelosi, Reid, and their party committees have their jobs and he has his -- is the one that he ought to stick to.
People forget that Dean was expressly hired to work with the state parties.
Even if the Dems take over the House this year, keeping those seats will be a challenge.
The insider resentment against Dean is amazing and wrongheaded