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Donna Brazile: Candidates to Lead DNC 'Not Up To The Task"
HUMAN EVENTSONLINE.COM ^ | NOVEMBER 23, 2004 | ROBERT B. BLUEY

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chairmanship; dnc; donnabrazile; haroldikes; howarddean; leohindery; ronkirk; simonrosenberg; wellingtonwebb
I suggest they hire a back hoe and an 18-wheeler, for starters.
1 posted on 11/24/2004 10:14:13 PM PST by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE
You know, I actually really respect Donna Brazile. She's one of the smartest the Dems have got.

Good thing they never listen to her!

2 posted on 11/24/2004 10:15:24 PM PST by cicero's_son
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To: cicero's_son

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.


3 posted on 11/24/2004 10:18:58 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: CHARLITE

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.

Nah...


4 posted on 11/24/2004 10:19:33 PM PST by telebob
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To: CHARLITE
"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."

Cleaning up the party? The Clintons aren't going to like to hear this.

5 posted on 11/24/2004 10:19:39 PM PST by Dolphy
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To: CHARLITE
"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."

Hercules cleaning out the Augean Stables was child's play compared to this task.

6 posted on 11/24/2004 10:23:03 PM PST by Morgan's Raider
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To: CHARLITE
"The current list of candidates, in my judgment, are not up to the task,

Dr. Condi Rice and Justice Clarence Thomas are candidates to run the DNC?

/sarcasm

7 posted on 11/24/2004 10:31:06 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: CHARLITE

Donna Brazile keeps popping off but her 15 minutes ended YEARS ago.


8 posted on 11/24/2004 10:31:58 PM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: CHARLITE
Donna got the strategy memo.

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.

9 posted on 11/24/2004 10:34:00 PM PST by ZOOKER (proudly killing threads since 1998)
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To: CHARLITE

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 !!


10 posted on 11/24/2004 10:39:19 PM PST by 26lemoncharlie (Defending America)
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To: 26lemoncharlie

I nominate Babs Streisand, for the job.


11 posted on 11/24/2004 10:44:30 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides

Oh Yes!! She can Waiiiiiiiill it out there!! Babs Baby bring it out !! Take over the PArty!!


12 posted on 11/24/2004 10:51:32 PM PST by 26lemoncharlie (Defending America)
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To: cicero's_son

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.


13 posted on 11/24/2004 10:51:47 PM PST by malia
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The absolute worst thing about being a Dem candidate for president- you have to publicly kiss the ass of people like Donna Brazile.


14 posted on 11/24/2004 11:04:52 PM PST by jimboster
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To: cicero's_son
I've always had a high opinion of her. It's true she panders to the far left and the 'blacks have to be dems' crowd, but you haven't and I doubt will hear her attack RIce or Powell in the way that's happened this week.

I was surprised by her conspicuous absence from the Kerry team. If her job was to get more votes for Gore than Bush got, she succeeded.

I don't think she'll have any real power in the democratic party untill the CLintons are gone.

That could be a while.
15 posted on 11/24/2004 11:22:16 PM PST by tjg
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To: CHARLITE

I nominate Dan Rather.....probably the most dedicated lefty out there.....would do a great job for the Clintons.


16 posted on 11/24/2004 11:38:25 PM PST by AwesomePossum
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To: CHARLITE

Why change things? I like the way it is going now. Keep McAweful the loser.


17 posted on 11/24/2004 11:54:03 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: CHARLITE

Mr. Clean himself couldn't handle the job.


18 posted on 11/24/2004 11:57:20 PM PST by Bullish
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To: CHARLITE
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.

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.

19 posted on 11/25/2004 12:02:23 AM PST by connectthedots
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To: cicero's_son

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.


20 posted on 11/25/2004 12:33:28 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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She should switch parties, and join up with Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman

That would be cool. Never gonna happen, but it would be cool

21 posted on 11/25/2004 8:04:27 AM PST by cicero's_son
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