Howard Dean in 2008 Speculation


On Principles & Values: DNC pursuing a 50-state strategy to take back the House

Q: What about the Democratic National Committee’s strategy?

A: Howard Dean decided to put a lot of DNC money into a program to build the state parties in all fifty states. But the congressional leadership is saying, We have a finite amount of money and we have the opportunity to take back the House in 2006, so give us that money and we’ll pour it into Ohio, or Florida-into congressional districts that we think we have a chance of turning. Most Democrats seem to agree that Dean’s arguments and his detractors’ both have merits-to put all that money into winning the House in 2006, and from there build up to bigger wins.

Q: So is 2006 really about 2008?

A: 2006 is important in its own right, but of course 2008 is it. I don’t want to say “the whole enchilada,” but it’s extremely important. 2006 is when a lot of ideas are going to be road-tested, in policy and in strategy, for both parties.

Source: 2008 speculation, by Jeffrey Goldberg in the New Yorker May 29, 2006

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