Carville Continues Attacks on Howard Dean

James Carville is continuing his attacks on DNC Chair Howard Dean (hat tip to Northwest Progressive):

Democratic strategist James Carville says his party should dump Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic Party because of incompetence.

Carville, during coffee and rolls with political reporters today, said Democrats could have picked up as many as 50 House seats, instead of the nearly 30 they have so far.

The reason they didn’t, he said, is the Democratic National Committee did not spend some $6 million it could have put into so-called “third tier” House races against vulnerable Republicans.

Carville said the other Democratic campaign committees had borrowed to the hilt.

He said he tried to meet with Dean to argue for additional spending for Democrats in the final days of the campaign, but Dean declined and gave no reason why.

Asked by a reporter whether Dean should be dumped, Carville replied, “In a word, do I think? Yes.”

He added, “I think he should be held accountable.” He added, “I would describe his leadership as Rumsfeldian in its competence.”

We have had a number of strange situations lately. The Republicans, who received a bad thumpin’, are reelecting pretty much the same losers to positions of power in the party. Even when there are new faces, such as Mel Martinez, we are seeing a throwback to the ideas which led them to defeat. The Democrats win big, and Carville wants to throw out Dean due to a fantasy that Democrats could have done even better?

Update: Crooks and Liars has more on Carville’s attacks and Dean’s Response

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    battlebob says:

    I am really puzzled by this and want to hear Dean’s response.
    If Carville is doing his usual blowing smoke then it is Carville that needs to be banished from the party.
    This makes me more suspicious of the Clintonistas.
    I hate to say this but even McCain is looking better then this mob.
    We will be choosing between the lesser of two evils.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    battlebob,

    I updated the post to include one of Dean’s responses.

    I initially didn’t worry much about including Dean’s responses as they have been pretty low key, most likely designed to limit the appearance of an intraparty war. Besides, the attacks are too silly to really require much of a response. Dean was elected to the post fair and square. The Democrats did well under him. Maybe there are arguments that someone could do better, but the burden of proof under the circumstances falls upon those who are pushing to remove Dean, and I have yet to hear any real specifics to convince me.

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