Dean Back on the Campaign Trail

This time, for chairman of the DNC. Via Newsday:

Howard Dean, with an eye on leading the Democratic Party in the wake of widespread election losses, said Wednesday that Democrats must campaign on their convictions and not give into the temptation to behave like Republicans.

"We cannot win by being Republican light," Dean said, repeating a line that helped make him a darling of the left in the early presidential race. "We’ve tried it, and it does not work."

"If this election had been decided on moral values, the Democrats would have won," Dean continued. "I think it’s time for us to start framing the debate. We have to learn to punch our ways off the ropes."

"When some people say that we should change direction, in essence they are arguing that our basic or guiding principles can be altered or modified," Dean said. "They cannot. On issue after issue, we are where majority of the American people are."

Dean said the party must fight for victory in every state at every level of government and added, "we can’t be a party that wins the presidency by running an 18-state campaign."

That’s right…because as we all know, Dr. Dean loves to shout out a roll-call of the states, and calling out 18 would be so anti-climactic.


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