While I don"t agree with "free trade," I do agree with Dean's focus on local party organization. Local people know the area, the people, and their concerns. Micromanaging from the top every two years will not do the job. It is like Bush going into Iraq with faulty intelligence and worse preconceptions--failure is a certainty. I would also remind you that the size of the state, ethnic diversity and the physical environment present unique challenges to a state campaign.
Again an Iraq comparison: California is the same physical size as Iraq, but its population is bigger than Canada, with more ethnic groups. The state also has counties and cities larger than many countries. Each one need a local organization at the state and local level.
Every state will have a different set of challenges, and only local people will know all of them. They have to lead and inform the national party. Local people should be in control and the point of the spear.
These concepts can be useful in other areas. For example, with Katrina-type situations, local people should be on point to guide federal aid and rescue efforts bring in the muscle to do the job. They know the ground.
Pervis J. Casey
Mar 3 2008 - 5:37pm