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On the Newsstand: 10 Questions for Chairman Dean

Howard Dean — the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former presidential candidate, and ex-physician — took ten questions from everyday Americans in the most recent issue of Time. They didn't hold much back! Here are some of the highlights:

Why does the Democratic Party have superdelegates? The initial purpose was to encourage officeholders to come to the convention, which they did not do in 1980 when there was a battle between President [Jimmy] Carter and Senator [Ted] Kennedy over the nomination. We've had them for 25 years for that reason.
Would you support an effort to create a single nationwide primary day? Absolutely not. I think we do need to condense the schedule, but I also think that if you have them on a single day, it's like having a national election. We learn a lot about these candidates as they go through all these states.
Do you favor the elimination of the Electoral College? Yes.

To find out his reasoning why,


It's unrepresentative of where the American people are. It was fine for the days of the Pony Express, but it's not necessary to avoid a popular vote on Presidents now.
People disapprove of the job Congress is doing. Does that mean the gains made in the 2006 election will be lost in 2008? No. The public clearly agrees with Democrats on the major issues of the economy, the war and health care, and I think they feel very frustrated that the Republicans are preventing any of the reforms that the public wanted in 2006 from going into effect.

To find out what Chairman Dean has to say about his hands-off approach as DNC chairman, the candidate's healthcare plans, and the Dean Scream, check out the article. Do you think Dean could be doing more to steer the Democratic Party back into the White House?


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stephley stephley 9 years
I find I tend to agree with my conservative friends and family members on overall values, or what we think the world should be. We differ on how to get there.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
ummmm...I agree with SY on a lot of things...maybe not this thing in particular, but it's ridiculous to say that liberals and conservatives (OR Democrats and Republicans) never see eye to eye.
indielove indielove 9 years
"Without California, the rest of the country would be a third world slum. So suck it up because you need us more than we need you." Hahahaha. I love it! I love it cause it's true. ;)
syako syako 9 years
:oy: rac. that's all I'll say :oy:
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Without California, the rest of the country would be a third world slum. So suck it up because you need us more than we need you.
indielove indielove 9 years
Not really but I got like 10 new adds to the Obama group that I felt I needed to approve. Viva La Revolución!
syako syako 9 years
:rotfl: oh you're back.
indielove indielove 9 years
Forgot to add my parting comment... GO Barack. \m/
indielove indielove 9 years
"I just don't see how you, Dean, or even me can say sweeping generalizations like "people are unhappy" without knowing and having talked to every person. PRESUMPTUOUS. again." A generalization? Maybe, but I think you know good and well what point yesteryear was trying to make here. Your argument reeks or pettiness AND snarkiness, kind of uncalled for...don't you think? Bush is hugely unpopular(called me presumptious too perhaps?), whether you want to admit it or not and he's made countless mistakes, even if you don't see it that way. These days I find it pretty pointless to argue with Republicans because our views, even process of thinking and analysis, are vastly different in practically every way. It's like a beating a dead horse really. Just realize that we(liberals) won't agree on most stances that you(Republicans) deem important and vice versa.
stephley stephley 9 years
Dave, you've got hates on for lots of people today.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Hypno - we already got the California haters. This would be just one more thing to hate Californians for... :evil:
syako syako 9 years
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
As for the electoral college I believe it should be amended but not tossed. It would be nice to go by a popular vote but the only danger there is you would have your most populus state California leaning the sway in every National election by a mile on some issues. Then you'll have the California haters band wagon and so on and so on.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
"It's true that we all have bubble aspects, but SF is frighteningly far left." You know what I have to say to that UnDave....BOO! Did I scare ya?
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Thanks Jill! :) This site would definitely not be as exciting if we all agreed!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
" just that I'm not very good at making really smart/informed comments." I beg to differ! :) Have no fear. We all step in it once in a while, and we all make great points once in a while! We are a pretty forgiving bunch, and different opinions are always welcome. It gets very boring when we all agree! ;) I am not a big Dean fan by any means...I think he hasn't been a leader during this crazy primary season, and the MI FL thing needed to be thought out much more.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
And that picture of him is just horrible also. No one should be allowed to photograph someone else mid sentence. Regarding the veto, that just means the dems need to work with the republicans and compromise. It's pretty easy when we work together. The problem is no one wants to work together anymore.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
LOL Kris Stiletta, Steve Carrell is much cuter!! Dean just looks dorky.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I still think he looks like Steve Carrell in The Office.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
no Kim, acronyms suck! and as I age, all the space in my brain that is taken up by acronyms is leaving little room for regular brain cells. so many letters to remember!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
LOL is it bad that I had to look up what NPR was?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Thanks everyone. Kris - I agree with you, we can't blame just one side. And the longer we continue to do that, the longer the problems will exist. I really think we need to reach across party lines and see both sides views and stop worrying about party loyalty etc. it's just so dumb to me.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
we love having you, Kim! I don't always feel that my way of putting things is exactly brilliant. I hesitate a lot before I click "post." :) YY, I agree with you on people not being happy about things. I am not happy about a lot of things. I just don't see how I can stand back and blame one "side" or give another side all the credit for ruining or saving everything. I truly respect your opinion though.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i second tiff's comment - jump in any time. but beware, there are crazy liberals in here who might inject you with a gay syringe and make you want to listen to NPR!!!!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Kim, we definitely want you to participate. I hesitate many times to make comments, too- partly because I get so angry at some things and partly because I feel the same as you- just that I'm not very good at making really smart/informed comments. But, really I like reading everyone's comments, so don't hold back! :)
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