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Others have weighed in on James Carville's weird, desperate statements regarding Howard Dean, so I might as well.  Carville said:

Some big name Democrats want to oust DNC Chairman Howard Dean, arguing that his stubborn commitment to the 50-state strategy and his stinginess with funds for House races cost the Democrats several pickup opportunities.

The candidate being floated to replace Dean? Harold Ford.

Says James Carville, one of the anti-Deaniacs, "Suppose Harold Ford became chairman of the DNC? How much more money do you think we could raise? Just think of the difference it could make in one day. Now probably Harold Ford wants to stay in Tennessee. I just appointed myself his campaign manager."

Carville's invitation to rumble with the netroots is about as threatening as a stirring rendition of "When You're a Jet" at the Pizmo Beach Dinner Theater and Banquet Complex.

Ford's overt homophobia, his past enthusiasm for Social Security Privatization (Ford was the original wedge that Bush thought he had into the Democrats in Congress) and his refusal to back Democratis against Republican vanity party candidates make him just about the worst possible choice.  Add to that the fact that he was a truly horrible candidate who only got as many votes as he did because of a wave he couldn't quite catch leave him with nothing to offer much of anyone but punditocracy bluestockings, which he is all too willing to flatter.

Carville has been sleeping with the enemy too long.  He has internalized the Republican notion that endless spin can generate its own reality. But he might think twice about continuing to taunt those who will only be too happy to keep bringing this up until someone actually does something about it.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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