November 10th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Dean will not make another run to head the DNC

Dean will not seek another term as head of the DNC.

Dean will not seek another term as head of the DNC.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As expected, Howard Dean will hand over the reins at the Democratic National Committee when the party meets again in January.

The 2004 presidential candidate's approach - innovative Web outreach techniques and a determination to compete in areas that have not historically supported Democrats - have dove-tailed with those of President-elect Obama.

But incoming Democratic presidents are traditionally given the prerogative to select their own candidate for the post, which is then approved by party officials. The position tends to dramatically recede in importance when Democrats control the White House.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Wisdom


    November 10, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Marc in Virginia

    Good riddance! He pressured super delegates into voting for Nobama, thereby overriding the will of the people!

    November 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. J.P.

    Howard, you did your part to elect an out-of-the-closet socialist! Hey man, it's Miller Time! Sit back and enjoy a brewski, you've earned it!

    Me, I'm going to be over here (away from my family for even MORE extended hours now) working doubletime to finance your Marxist buddy's "hope." But, don't worry about me, I'll be fine... I'm just one of those eeeeeevil "rich" people who believed "sitting on the couch" is not a viable career field so I put myself through college and worked hard, and "hi-ho-whaddaya-know" I'm doing well in life. And, right on schedule, here is your buddy to come and take it from me. I certainly HOPE I have some CHANGE left over.

    November 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Yeeeaaahhhhh!!!

    We love you Howard. We will miss you.
    We owe you...BIG TIME!!

    November 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Susan L.

    He will be truly missed. I hope another devotee of the 50-state strategy takes over. Dr. Dean, we Democrats owe you a tremendous amount. As a Netroots kind of person, I've been on board for some time. Thank you so much for all you've done for the Democratic Party and for Progressivism in the United States. You're the best DNC head EVER!

    November 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |

    Yeah. New Leadership. Change We Can Believe In.

    November 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    That's a shame. He did a good job – especially that 50 state strategy.

    November 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Truth

    Thank you Lord!

    November 10, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Liebermyself

    I smell open appointment for Joe Lieberman!

    November 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Swampy

    Uh, Marc in Virginia, seems to me "the will of the people" spoke loudly on November 4.

    November 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Boye

    Wow, bitterness never ends. "Marc in Virginia", the will of the people was on Obama's side, Hillary lost fair and square. Or are you just mad that your sabotage didn't work?

    November 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. No Hillary = No Obama

    This guy should go back to practicing medicine. When Hillary was being maligned day and night on the airways, this jerk said nothing, did not intervene, and allowed hateful statements to continue. They same way Pelosi and Obama did.

    November 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    I really think Donna Brazile should head up the DNC...

    November 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. matt in indy

    Marc in VA-

    You cannot control the will of the people, and you will be eating your words when Obama's successful. The Clintons are and always will be very poor losers. Hillary will have her chance again, just not until 2016.

    November 10, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. matt in indy

    Haward Dean has a lot to do with what happened last Tuesday and should be congratulated for it. He laid the ground work in 2004.

    November 10, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. vw

    You should step out just because you forced Hiullary out and make this party undemocratic

    November 10, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Patrick

    Keep the 50 state strategy!

    Dean did a great job and got us fired up when we were lost in the Bushes. Let's not leave any state behind, especially with redistricting coming up in 2010.

    November 10, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Once you vote Black

    Hey Rush, Operation Chaos is working swimmingly. Keep it up. Go PUMA!

    November 10, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    What would happen if Obama selects Dean?

    Dean did an unquestionably good job as DNC chair.

    For those that say "well it was Bush that did the majority of the work"... You fail to account for the dismal showing for democrats in 2004. Bush was just as worthless then as he is now, and that's the year that Abu Garaib broke and Iraq went completely to hell. That year's economy was nothing special, and that year we saw the (then) biggest deficit in history, with the cost of oil doubling – driving real wages for the American people through the floor.

    It was LEADERSHIP that utterly failed the democratic party in 2004 – both in Kerry the Whimp, and McAuliffe – who believe that the job of the oposition party was to suck up to the majority party and beg for scraps.

    Dean did a great job, he expanded the party, and kept the primary FAIR.

    I hope he's tapped for some further use. He worked hard, and did well.

    November 10, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. M. WINNERS

    Thanks for a job well done Dr. Dean...

    November 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Clinton Supporter

    Good riddance!

    November 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Z-Man

    Good job Howard. Thanks for your vision and your hard work. I'm sure we'll see more of you and that's a good thing.

    November 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Sam

    Good idea, leave with a very impressive record. You surely made your mark, what's next?

    November 10, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Howard Dean pushed for a 50-state strategy when it made little sense. He made modern campaign technology available to Democratic candidates at every level, and made sure there was enough money available to maximize its advantage on November 4th. Even though, he tends to be somewhat left of center politically, he reached out to others in the party who were more moderate or conservative.

    The Florida and Michigan problems were a near-bungle, but hey the party carried Florida, Michigan ... and Ohio.

    My guess is that history will mark his tenure at the DNC as critical and successful transition for the party. Thanks Dr. Dean.

    November 10, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Once you vote Black

    Poor JP, Rich and hating his country. Country first, open your purse.

    November 10, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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