Saturday, June 22, 2013
This is like a dream and music to my ears, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean who ran for the Democratic nomination in 2004 on a platform of opposing the war and implementing health care reform is considering a 2016 bid for the White House. The liberal former Vermont Governor and DNC Chairman told CNN, "never say never". He went onto say, "I am not driven by my own ambition", he tells CNN's Peter Hamby. "What I am driven by is pushing the country in a direction that it desperatley needs to be pushed; pushing other politicians who aren't quite as frank as I am who need to be more candid with the American people about what needs to happen". Dean invented the netroots and grassroots raising an impressive $50 million for his presidential campaign and building a huge network especially among college students and progressives. He opposed the war, emphasized fiscal responsibility, health care reform and took on the Democratic leadership in Washington, the Democratic Congress that gave Bush the authorization to go to war. I loved this guy in 2003/04 and believe he would of wiped the floor with Bush in a debate and would of been elected President had he won the nomination in 2004. The problem with Democrats back then was they went for the safe guy, the guy with experience, the politically astute aloof longtime Senator from Massachusetts and they lost. In 2008 they went again conventional wisdom and progressive's won with the nomination of Barack Obama and shockingly the liberal candidate won. Dems played it safe in 2000 and 2004 losing both elections, they went against conventional wisdom in 2008 and won and I say if Dean runs go against conventional wisdom again, nominate him and we win. At this point from my posts you can tell I favor Martin O'Malley, hes the mini Dean, but if Deans runs, well why go with silver when you can have the gold. I love Howard Dean, respect him, admire him and will support him if he runs!