|WASHINGTON - James Carville's attempt to topple Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic National Committee failed after state party officials and even a vocal critic of Dean crushed the coup, officials said.|
Insiders from the Clinton camp winced at Carville's untimely remarks last week calling for Dean's ouster in favor of unsuccessful Senate candidate Harold Ford of Tennessee.
"It was not coming from [Sen. Hillary Clinton] and they made a real effort to distance themselves from James' comments," said a source close to the Clintons.
The Clintonistas don't want an undeserved backlash from the activist wing of the party that overwhelmingly supports Dean, especially because some anti-Clinton Democrats have blamed Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for the attack by Carville, a longtime Clinton insider. Those forces claimed Carville's motive was to topple Dean in favor of a chairman more favorable to Sen. Clinton's bid for President.
Carville's remarks last week came as House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) bungled the race for Democratic majority leader. Party operatives acknowledged the Carville and Pelosi sideshows were detracting from their election victories.
"We applaud Chairman Dean for his commitment to ensuring Democratic candidates and state Democratic parties have the resources and tools needed to compete and win, and we remain committed to the hard work of rebuilding our party for the future," said Mark Brewer, president of the Association of State Democratic Chairs.
What attempted coup?
It was more like drunk Uncle Jim demanding the car keys to get more beer. Finally, someone pulled him aside and told him to shut the fuck up and eat more cornbread.
Carville was spouting off because he thought he had power. I mean it's an arrogant thing to run down the immensely popular Dean and think you can get him fired. But the fact is that after Jon Stewart made the Crossfire crew his bitches, they were revealed for the clowns that they are. When you look at moments in TV history, that's going to be one of the key ones.
But because the Beltway crowd kisses his ass and he has his Hollywood friends, he thought he could spout any bullshit he wanted and it would happen. That people would toss Dean aside on his word.
Jesus. To call this a coup insults coups.
Schumer, to his credit, realized quickly that he needed to be on the right side of this, and Emmanuel also jumped in. Why? They got phonecalls. State people told them straight up that any move to get rid of Dean was going nowhere and Carville needs to shut the fuck up and eat some cornbread.
The fact is that Hillary Clinton, which Carville was trying to manuever for, has no chance to be president. Most Dems outside the Northeast won't be seen with her, crowds laugh derisively at her name, and even progressives don't trust her. I know they have this plan to convince people she's really a moderate church goer, but you know, to this day, despite a book on his wartime exploits, people still call George McGovern a peacenik. It isn't about the truth, but what people believe.
Then there is the fact that only 72 percent of Americans will vote for any woman to be president. It's like the idea that Condi Rice could be vice president.
Look, they like her, but she is a single black woman with no boyfriend. Or the president as her boyfriend. Either way, Ken Blackwell has a brighter future in elective politics than she does. They won't be pushing her to be VP, unless the GOP changes hands
posted by Steve @ 12:50:00 AM