For all his efforts helping President Obama get elected, Howard Dean remains an outsider in the Democratic Party and is prepared to hold his party leader accountable when they disagree.Barack Obama
Dean credits his own failed 2004 presidential campaign, which focused on grassroots organization and opposition to the Bush administration, with “lighting the match” that later fueled Barack Obama’s successful White House bid. Dean also fortified Obama’s run and helped his party expand its congressional majorities while leading the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Dean said that he’s inclined to take a different approach from the president — he’s more confrontational, while Obama is from the “let’s-work-all-together generation.” But one thing is certain: Dean will tell Obama when he thinks he’s wrong, just like he did with President Bush.
“I’m less likely to pick up a flamethrower,” he said. “But you know, I think there are things that have to be done.”
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Howard Dean: I "lit match" for Obama