May 16, 2006
Why Utah matters

I just want to take a moment to endorse this response by Utah Democratic Party Chair Wayne Holland, Jr. to Paul Begala's arrogant and condescending remarks about the 50 State Strategy. I can understand the tactical reasons for wanting to concentrate on certain areas and certain races. I don't blame Rahm Emanuel, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi for wanting Howard Dean and the DNC to take a different course. They're being consistent with their priorities, even if I disagree with them on the merits of their argument. But I have no use at all with the dismissive attitude that Begala has for the concept of building infrastructure and thinking long term.

Howard Dean is doing the job he was elected to do. To those who would say that this is not the right time to work on rebuilding state and local organizations, I have to ask: When would that right time be? There's always a reason to shoot your wad now, and there's always an election coming up. We've put this off way too long. If you disagree, by all means give your time and money to the DCCC, the DSCC, or your favorite candidates instead of the DNC. Just please recognize that there's more than one way to win, and that the next election comes sooner than you think.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 16, 2006 to Show Business for Ugly People | TrackBack