The Last Saniac

Dean Opponent Bows Out of Chairman’s Race,” by Will Lester, Associated Press, http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050207/D883QJKG0.html, 7 February 2005 (from The Corner).

More brilliance from the new American Tory Party:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tim Roemer, the only remaining opponent of Howard Dean in the race to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Monday he’s bowing out of the race – but he offered a warning to Democrats.

Dean, the former presidential candidate and governor of Vermont, is expected to win the DNC chairmanship at the election Feb. 12.

Roemer, a former congressman from Indiana and a member of the Sept. 11 commission, said Democrats must be more inclusive in their outreach to fast-growing parts of the country.

“I got into this race five weeks ago to talk about the devastating loss we experienced in November,” Roemer said in an interview. “It was not about 60,000 votes in Ohio. It was about losing 97 of the 100 fastest growing counties in the country. If that’s a trend in business or politics you’re in trouble.”

Republicans are in the strongest position they’ve been in since the early 20th century, Roemer said.

Roemer, who said top Democrats in Congress encouraged him to enter the chairman’s race, said he wants to strengthen Democrats’ position on national security.

If there’s one reason Senator Kerry lost the presidential race, it was because he failed to make the American people feel safer,” Roemer said, adding that he also wanted to encourage talk within the party about developing a stronger position on values.

Roemer said he hoped to make the party more inclusive, especially on the issue of abortion. He opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother.

Roemer would have been the best thing to happen to the Democratic Party since Bill Clinton. Instead, the opposition will further disintegrate into noncompetitive meaninglessness. KJL sums it up best

Such a ridiculous diaster–for Democrats and American politics.

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