June 28, 2005

Vilsack named as chairman of the DLC

Al From, guru of the Democratic Leadership Council, the organization made prominent by launching Bill Clinton's career, has picked Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to become it's new Chairman, replacing another potential presidential candidate, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.
Vilsack has expressed interest in running for president and has steadily risen as a national Democrat in the past two years. However, strategists and scholars say becoming DLC chairman alone is not enough to elevate the relatively unknown governor into the top tier of would-be 2008 candidates.

"Serving as DLC chair is certainly a useful symbol for anyone trying to position himself as the standard-bearer for the moderate wing," said George Edwards, a political science professor at Texas A&M University. "The greatest advantage may be simply that he is there in case lightning strikes and the party needs to turn to a moderate or the party feels it needs some ticket balancing."

Vilsack will succeed Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, who has been chairman since 2001 and is expected to run for president in 2008.


At 6/28/2005 11:21 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I hope that Vilsak sticks around in some capacity.
Hey can he move to Illinois and run for Govenor?
lets trade!

At 6/28/2005 12:14 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Boy, that would be nice, huh?

At 6/28/2005 12:18 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

What a great choice!

Tom Vilsack has won twice in a 50-50 state with lots of red and purple counties. He understands heartland values. He understands the values and message to win. He understands how to craft a message for small-town America. If we are ever to win back the White House, we have to be able to win in states like Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas or we are toast as a national party.

Vilsack understands that.

At 6/28/2005 4:55 PM, Blogger Dave said...

I didn't see the poll, but I vote for Mr Badass. This site is boring without us.
Everyone agreeing.......... Hey, anyone seen Durbin?

At 6/28/2005 5:03 PM, Blogger latinv said...

I like Vilsack as our choice. Lets win on the national stage now!!
and keep both Senators Durbin and Obama, as well as our Gov.

At 6/28/2005 8:49 PM, Blogger DownLeft said...

That position will ensure Vilsack is talked up in the media as a potential Presidential of VP candidate. It also makes me much less likely to support him.

At 6/28/2005 9:52 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

Hey downleft, easy on members of our own party. We shouldn't eat our own. Tom Vilsack has represented the state of Iowa for 8 years, a great springboard for our party's national ticket. He has been progressive on education, health care, kids, the environment, etc. To talk him down because he's the leader of DLC, which gave birth to Bill Clinton, is foolish indeed.

At 6/29/2005 1:21 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Geeze... I don't know that Downleft exactly stepped out of the party line.
If he doesn't prefer Vilsack, so be it.

I share Downleft's disdain for the DLC and where they want to lead the party. I am extremely oppposed to the Democrats simply becoming the Republican party of 20 years ago as a strategy.


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