By Marc Campos
Howard Dean wants to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Many within the party's establishment are trying to figure out how to stop him. They don't think a Dean chairmanship sends the right message to the American people. They opine that his "I Have A Scream" speech will dog his efforts to build a strong Democratic Party.
The real story is Dean scares the party's insiders. They know it won't be business as usual. They cringed when Dean recently said "you build a party from the grass roots up, not from the consultants down."
It is a turf battle. The folks that have been running the party are content with rearranging the furniture. Dean wants to knock down walls and shake things up.
Many Democratic activists throughout the country have lost confidence in the party's national establishment and for good reason. Democrats have lost the last two presidential elections and have made no gains in congress over the past decade. A case can be made that new blood is needed.
So far Dean is the only one out there that qualifies as new blood.
December 9, 2004, 9:00AM