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Chad (The Left) Shue
The following is a clip from Rachel Maddow explaining the situation as well as anyone could. While Rachel bases most of her argument on things that LIEberman said and did during the presidential campaign of 2008, I don't think I should have to remind many here about the manner in which he conducted himself in the 2004 race as well. It cannot ever be forgotten that, of all the candidates running in 2004 and 2008, it is only Joe LIEberman that continues to embrace his vote on the Iraq invasion and his steadfast embrace of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in their war on the Iraqi people. As for the defense offered by Evan Bayh, don't forget that Bayh is just another DLC stooge. As a matter of fact, there was an entire Facebook group formed to band against him being named Obama's VP pick.
Just to hammer home Rachel's point about LIEberman abandoning the Democrats during critical votes and his potential value as the 60th vote for cloture against a Republican filibuster, just remember who stood in the way when the Democrats tried to set a date for withdrawal from Iraq after they acheived the majority in 2006.
Joe must go and there must be a price to pay for betrayal. Or as the Dixie Chicks say, I'm not ready to make nice:
Chad (The Left) Shue
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean plans to step down from his post when his term expires in January, wrapping up a tenure in which the party heavily invested in all 50 states for a payoff that helped elect Barack Obama president.
Dean, who was briefly his party's presidential front-runner in 2004, was elected DNC chairman in 2005 and has long vowed to serve only one, four-year term. At a postelection news conference in Washington last week, Dean indicated again that he didn't plan to stay on, aides said on Monday.
President-elect Obama, a Democrat, was expected to choose Dean's successor. Traditionally, the president selects the national chairman of his own party.
I have been very pleased to hear many of my friends give credit to Gov. Dean for his “50 State Strategy” which clearly paved the way for Obama’s significant victory on Tuesday. Oh sure, there are those who would say that Obama was able to succeed on his own without Dean’s help. To them I would simply point to the basic truth that, despite frequent opposition from some in the entrenched “elected leadership” in the Democratic Party (including a certain Rahm Emanuel) under Howard’s leadership, the Democrats regained leadership of both houses of Congress in 2006 and built on those majorities last Tuesday.
While Dean should be honored for his achievement as DNC Chair, I would also say that without his run for the presidency in 2004, I do not believe the Democrats would be in the majority today and I certainly do not believe we would be celebrating Barack Obama’s victory nor any other Democrat’s impending inauguration. With all due respect to Congressman Dennis Kucinich, it was Howard Dean who gave the Democratic Party the spine to stand up to the Bush Administration and to the failures of the neo-con movement. It was Howard Dean who stood up against the invasion of Iraq and allowed the party to shift from cheerleader to critic. It was Dean’s unrelenting call for Universal Healthcare that moved it to the forefront of the political discussion for the past three election cycles. Howard Dean suffered the abuses of the Karl Rove machine (and even many in his own party) so that those who ran after him would have the courage to expose the failures of George W. Bush (and those who supported him like John McCain) to the American people. It was those Americans who elected Barack Obama.
And now Howard Dean will step down from a role that I personally (and wrongly) opposed him taking in the first place. But where will he go and what will he do? To President-elect Obama I would suggest that he not allow Dean to stray too far from his administration. A couple of obvious choices would be Secretary of Health and Human Services or Surgeon General because of his medical background but there are other roles where his experience as a governor would be valuable to an Obama administration; the Office of Management and Budget comes quickly to mind.
Yes I remain a proud Dean Democrat and I hope for the sake of country and party, Barack Obama is too.
Thank you Howard Dean.
Chad (The Left) Shue