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02-04-2005, 04:29 PM
:thumb: Great news! Looks like they'll be moving toward the center again!


Dean Poised to Be New Democratic Party Chief

1 hour, 39 minutes ago
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Howard%20Dean%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=Howard%20Dean)), whose high-flying White House bid crashed a year ago, is poised to win the post of party chairman and tackle the job of leading Democrats back from November's election losses.

One week before the Democratic National Committee (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Democratic%20National%20Committee%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=Democratic%20National%20Committee)) votes on a new leader, the outspoken former Vermont governor has more than 250 public pledges from DNC supporters, according to the political newsletter Hotline -- well more than the 214 needed to win. One of Dean's last rivals, Simon Rosenberg, head of the centrist New Democrat Network, dropped his bid on Friday and endorsed Dean. Former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer and party strategist Donnie Fowler are Dean's last official rivals in what was once a seven-person field to succeed DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe. "Howard Dean has enough votes to win this thing," Rosenberg said. "It's really now just a question of how this all comes to an end." The resurgence of Dean, an early and fierce critic of President Bush (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22President%20Bush%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=President%20Bush)) during the Democratic primary campaign, comes three months after many Democrats said the November results showed the party needed a more moderate approach that could broaden its appeal in the South, Midwest and Mountain States. But Dean wooed party insiders with an aggressive campaign that promised to pump up state-based operations, energize the party's grass roots and build an army of small donors similar to the one that aided his presidential bid. "He just ran a great campaign," Rosenberg said. "They won this thing. It was not in any way handed to him." Dean made a national splash in 2003 with a presidential bid that used the Internet to help set fund-raising records, attracted young voters to the party and directly confronted Bush on issues like the Iraq (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Iraq%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=Iraq)) war. His candidacy collapsed in early 2004 as voters in Iowa and New Hampshire turned to what they viewed as a more electable alternative, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22John%20Kerry%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc/14201822/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=John%20Kerry)). FIRING UP THE BASE While some Democrats are anxious about putting Dean in charge of the party machinery, others say the strengths he exhibited during his presidential run will serve him well in the organizational post. "The DNC chairman's job is to raise money, fire up the base and beat up on the Republicans every chance you get," said Kathy Sullivan, chairwoman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, who has endorsed Dean. "Howard Dean can do all of that." Gordon Fischer, outgoing Iowa state chairman, said Dean's plain talk was part of his appeal but Democrats knew it could also land him in hot water. As DNC chair, however, Dean would not be the party's only national voice, he said, and he had proven his effectiveness in confronting Republicans. Dean promised to make the party competitive in more states and focus not just on the White House but also congressional and state races. "Howard Dean gets it, he understands fundamentally the things Democrats need to do. The DNC needs to change to help state parties more," said Joe Erwin, South Carolina state party chairman and a Fowler backer who said he would be satisfied with a Dean win. Fowler, the son of former DNC Chairman Don Fowler of South Carolina, was viewed as the last obstacle to Dean's election. He says he will stay in the race until the Feb. 12 vote, although many Democrats expect him to call it quits before then. "We are still committed to staying in the race, we are getting a lot of private commitments," said Jamal Simmons, a Fowler spokesman. "For now, our supporters still want him in."