I’ve said for about four years now that it’s 2004 the year that America moved Left and became Liberal. And where the Democratic Party became the dominant party again at the national level. It’s just that it took another four years to make that happen but 2004 is the year that Democrats started winning on the issues again. After the Republican Party basically owned the American political scene from 2001-03. But 2004 is the year the Democratic Party came back to life and became a much better opposition party and minority party in Congress. Even though they lost seats again in the House and Senate like they did in 2002. But the difference being that in 2004 the Democrats found their message again post Bill Clinton and knew exactly how. To confront President George W. Bush and the Republican Congress who were becoming very unpopular and a big reason. Why Democrats won back both the House and Senate in 2006.
The reason it took another two years for Democrats to win back Congress. Because the voters they had in 2006, 2008 and 2012 were not voting yet. Either not old enough to vote or didn’t bother to vote for whatever the reasons but that started changing in 2004. And came through big time for Democrats in 2006 obviously but in 2008 winning back the White House. And winning big majorities in both the House and Senate and 2012 President Obama being reelected and. Democrats adding to their Senate majority because if you look at the voting coalition. That Democrats had in 2004. African-Americans, Latinos, Jews, women Gays, young voters of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. It’s the same coalition they had in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 it’s just that in 2006 and 2012 this coalition turned out in huge numbers. Which they didn’t do in 2004 for John Kerry and a lot of reasons for the low Democratic turnout in 2010. But a lot of that having to do with the economy and healthcare reform.
I mention all of this because even though Howard Dean would’ve been a disaster as a Presidential-nominee in 2004. And would’ve been pegged by the Bush Campaign as a George McGovern tax and spend Socialist who won’t defend the country. Which is how the Nixon Campaign did to George McGovern in 1972 and President Bush would’ve been reelected in a landslide. With huge majorities in Congress, Howard Dean brought young people back to the Democratic Party. And perhaps racial minorities as well even though I haven’t seen that data yet. And got Democrats back to being activists and putting the Democratic Party back in power. And he deserves a lot of credit for that as well as the job he did as. Chairman of the Democratic Party from 2005-09.