Howard Dean makes formal his bid to lead the Democratic Party:
As important as organization is, it alone can no longer win us elections. Offering a new choice means making Democrats the party of reformâ€”reforming America’s financial situation, reforming our electoral process, reforming health care, reforming education and putting morality back in our foreign policy. The Democratic Party will not win elections or build a lasting majority solely by changing its rhetoric, nor will we win by adopting the other side’s positions. We must say what we meanâ€”and mean real change when we say it.
But most of all, together, we have to rebuild the American community. We will never succeed by treating our nation as a collection of separate regions or separate groups. There are no red states or blues states, only American states. And we must talk to the people in all of these states as members of one community.
That wordâ€”’values’â€”has lately become a codeword for appeasement of the right-wing fringe. But when political calculations make us soften our opposition to bigotry, or sign on to policies that add to the burden of ordinary Americans, we have abandoned our true values.
We cannot let that happen. And we cannot just mouth the words. Our party must speak plainly and our agenda must clearly reflect the socially progressive, fiscally responsible values that bring our partyâ€”and the vast majority of Americansâ€”together.
I like what I’m hearing and have become a huge Dean fan. I just hope that becoming a permanent fundraiser slash smiling pundit doesn’t ruin him. Can Dean become the first party leader who doesn’t make your stomach turn?
What would happen if you saw a party leader on television during an election and he behaved like a somewhat normal person?
It might be worth finding out.