Skip to comments.Donna Brazile: Candidates to Lead DNC 'Not Up To The Task"
Posted on 11/24/2004 10:14:11 PM PST by CHARLITE
Democrat consultant Donna Brazile told HUMAN EVENTS she wouldn't seek her party's leadership post at the Democratic National Committee, and declined to offer an endorsement, calling the current slate of candidates inadequate.
"The current list of candidates, in my judgment, are not up to the task, but we'll see what emerges in the next couple weeks," said Brazile, who was a panelist Tuesday at a liberal strategy session organized by the Center for American Progress.
As for herself, Brazile said the rumors that she might seek the position are false. Brazile was former Vice President Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000 and she later went to work as head of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute during the 2004 campaign.
"I never had any interest, never expressed any interest and I don't have any interest in doing it," Brazile told HUMAN EVENTS about the DNC job. "When you've been a campaign manager, when you've been as deeply involved as I have with the DNC, you know the structural changes that are needed. You don't need a mechanic, you need someone who can go in there and clean house."
The party's current chairman, Terry McAuliffe, said earlier this year he wouldn't seek re-election to the post when the DNC holds its meeting in February. The DNC's 447 members must pick a new chairman at that time.
Besides Brazile, two other prominent Democrats also withdrew from consideration this week. Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, and Alexis Herman, a secretary of Labor under former President Bill Clinton, said they weren't interested.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that possible candidates include former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, former Clinton chief of staff Harold Ickes, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, New Democratic Network President Simon Rosenberg, and former YES Network Chairman Leo Hindery, Jr.
After withholding her endorsement Tuesday, Brazile told HUMAN EVENTS she hopes other Democrats step forward in the coming weeks, and those currently in the running accentuate their plans.
"The election is not until February 10," she said. "We have a lot of people who are actively running, and they should be given every opportunity to develop a platform and agenda that will do the job of cleaning up the party."
Robert B. Bluey is Assistant Editor for HUMAN EVENTS
Good thing they never listen to her!
I've never cared much for her. I suppose that is due to her positions and comments that make her come across as a race pimp. To her credit she is a much more nuanced race pimp than say a Jesse Jackson.
Do you think she means by 'cleaning up the party' throwing out the grifters, grafters, moochers and seditonists?
That's the only thing that could make the rats competitive again.
Cleaning up the party? The Clintons aren't going to like to hear this.
Hercules cleaning out the Augean Stables was child's play compared to this task.
Dr. Condi Rice and Justice Clarence Thomas are candidates to run the DNC?
Donna Brazile keeps popping off but her 15 minutes ended YEARS ago.
There's a whole pack of out-of-work democrats out there, courtesy of Kerry and McCauliffe. The more bidders at an auction, the better, so don't drop any names now. Anyone interested, make checks payable to Hillary '08.
Well let's seee!!
Al Gore is out, they have him back in the JACKET and his Itty Bitty Room!
Vilsack is to smart!
McAluiff is a known LOOOOSER
BJ BILL want to be Sec Gnrl of the UNKNOWN Nation
Hildebeaste is running for Pres
Kerry just got his Baot sunk and had 15 mill in the bank, Money Management Problem There.
Howard Dean looks Good!! Go Howard !!
I nominate Babs Streisand, for the job.
Oh Yes!! She can Waiiiiiiiill it out there!! Babs Baby bring it out !! Take over the PArty!!
You are correct -Donna Brazile picking brown for Gore to wear or was it blue or was it Naomi Wolf. Oh whatever, they are really smart women - they go after the right issues.
The absolute worst thing about being a Dem candidate for president- you have to publicly kiss the ass of people like Donna Brazile.
I nominate Dan Rather.....probably the most dedicated lefty out there.....would do a great job for the Clintons.
Why change things? I like the way it is going now. Keep McAweful the loser.
Mr. Clean himself couldn't handle the job.
Anyone who thinks it will be someone other than Ickes is out of touch with reality, unless he and the Clintons are fearful that people may start looking a little too closely into ickes' background.
Donna Brazile is one cool and smart chick. She gets along very well with Karl Rove. She should switch parties, and join up with Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman. Her Democrat Party is a bunch of losers from A-Z. Plus, as a Republican she could absolutely be a tremendous force in moving Black Americans forward which "her" Democrats have never done at all.