November 11, 2006

Credit where credit is due

The NYT and the Washington Post are quick to label Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emmanuel as the "architects" of Tuesday's victories. But there was someone else's leadership and vision that was critical to victories in parts of the country that we had not seen a victory in for a long, long time. Howard Dean's 50-State Strategy put organizers on the ground, long before these candidates were viable, and helped to put in place an infrastructure that would assist these long shots. Cartoonist Steve Kelly gets it:

Thrilled as I was at Tuesday night's victory parties, I was appalled that I did not see Howard Dean standing alongside Schumer, Emmanuel, Pelosi, Reid, et al. Geez! Was he just not invited?

And every interview I have seen, Howard Dean has graciously shared this victory with Schumer and Emmanuel. Unfortunately, any acknowledgement by Schumer or Emmanuel that Howard's crazy idea that having a national party operating in all fifty states year round MIGHT have contributed to our win, has to be literally dragged out of them and seems grudging at best. Sad. Yes, there was a wave that swept across this nation on Tuesday. And yes, the DSCC and the DCCC provided great surfers. But Howard...he provided the boards and the wax.

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