At the urging of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Steve Grossman, failed Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean is thinking about running for his party’s chairmanship when Terry McAuliffe’s term expires early next year. “I strongly urged [Dean] to seek the position,” Grossman told the AP.
A Chairman Dean, however, would do nothing to restore the Democrats’ vanishing appeal in the South and Midwest. More moderate Democratic Governors Tom Vilsack of Iowa, Mark Warner of Virginia and Roy Barnes of Georgia have been mentioned as potential chairmen who might have a chance of doing that. But one former Southern governor who could actually get the job done–retiring Sen. Zell Miller–is not on the short list drawn up by any of the party’s national (read: far left) leaders.