Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Happenings at Harvard University

Per MSNBC's First Read:
Harvard's Institute of Politics convenes its quadrennial post-election conference on what happened, featuring Bush-Cheney campaign manager and incoming RNC chairman Ken Mehlman and Kerry-Edwards manager Mary Beth Cahill. The panels are off the record, per the IOP, but somehow the highlights of this gathering always manage to leak out... Check your papers tomorrow for tidbits from tonight's session on campaign war stories.
Can one of the Harvard readers let me know what goes down? MSNBC also notes that
Through a series of private holiday dinners with legislative leaders at his home, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is said to be "wooing" them to ensure success of key legislation, says the Boston Globe, which notes that "Romney continues to be mentioned as a GOP presidential candidate in 2008, and a successful legislative session would provide him with evidence that he had worked successfully with a Democratic legislature."
The GOP will nominate a blue state Republican while the Democrats go Red. Speaking of red and blue. We need a purple guy or gal serving as chairman. Again from MSNBC
It's also a good time to note that while some in the party -- and clearly some of the candidates -- think the next chair should be a centrist, many DNC members (the only ones who get to vote) are not; many are by definition liberal activists, or have roots in the party's more traditional constituencies.
This is what I don't get. Dr. Howard Dean is as conservative as Sen. Lieberman and Lieberman gets dissed everywhere by our own party members. According to the Hartford Courant:
The speculation was accompanied by grumbling among some Democrats that Lieberman would not be missed.

"Lieberman is exactly what is wrong with the Democratic party's image today,"said David Sirota, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based research group headed by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and including many prominent Democrats.

Let him go, said Sirota. "In many ways," he said, "Joe Lieberman's politics epitomizes the elitist, out of touch character Republicans have been ramming down people's throats for the last 10 years."

Lieberman, the son of a package store owner and lifelong Democrat who routinely votes with the party, was still seen as a longshot for the homeland security job, even though he was instrumental in creating the department.
Joe is not what is wrong. We have to re-define liberalism once again. See my post right before this one.

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